Archive for June, 2011

Generators – Have You Considered Installing a Permanent Standby Generator?

June 16th, 2011 No comments

Have you experienced multiple extended power outages in the last two years that caused the loss of the food in your refrigerator and freezers?

Have you had electronics within your home damaged because of surges, spikes or sags in your utility power?

Do you want to be less reliant on a strained and aging power grid?

Unfortunately, today’s residential power grid is obsolete.  It’s really starting to show its age.  It’s failing more regularly in more urban settings where the demands continue to increase, the power lines are run above ground on utility poles, and the trees overhang the lines.  Severe weather is becoming more common so the power is interrupted more often from tree limbs falling through the lines.  Rolling brown outs, sags, surges, and spikes are becoming more common due to the increased demand, especially in the hotter summer months.  The reliability and quality will only get worse before enough Americans demand a change at the government level to effect policies to drive improvements and more reliable power grids.

If you have experienced any of the above scenarios it might be time to consider a permanently-installed residential standby or “back-up” generator.  Today’s residential generators are capable of automatically transferring the selected household circuits over to the generator in less than 10 seconds.   The LP or natural gas powered units are clean, quiet, and nearly odor free.   There are even greener options coming soon within the next few months to a couple of years away.  These units will be capable of running on 100% biodiesel, straight vegetable oil, or locally generated biogas.

Most homes only need 10kW to 14kW capacity for basic emergency loads and units are available that can provide 100% complete coverage for even 6,000 square feet or more of living space.  While it is possible to purchase a residential generator from the local home improvement warehouse or even online, the best way to determine your needs and ensure the unit is properly installed, is to work with your local dealer to determine your current electrical demands.  The dealer will also help you find areas where the energy efficiency of your home can be improved, and determine how much capacity you will need for your critical loads.  Even if you decide to invest in a whole house solution, working with your local dealer to improve the energy efficiency of your home will save you thousands of dollars over the life of the system in addition to lower the initial cost of the unit since a smaller unit would suffice.

If you are in the early phases of a new housing construction project or about to undertake a major renovation of an existing home, now would also be a great time to include a permanent standby generator as part of the energy independence and energy efficiency plan for the home.

Surge Protection – pro solutions from Artisan Electric

June 7th, 2011 No comments

Today’s homes are more reliant than ever on appliances and electronics that are controlled by extremely sensitive microprocessor circuits. These circuits are easily damaged or disrupted by power surges originating both inside and outside the home.  Artisan Electric has partnered with Surgeassure to provide and install a line of residential protection products designed to protect the electrical and electronic equipment in your home using the Total Zone “staged protection” strategy which divides your home into three zones.

  • MAIN ZONE: 1st stage of defense and the key to protecting your home.  Main Zone Protectors are installed at the main power panel, cable TV/satellite service entrance, and telephone / broadband internet service entrance
  • INTERIOR ZONE: 2nd stage of defense for sensitive electronics inside the home
  • EXTERIOR ZONE: 3rd stage of defense for equipment located outside the home such as the air conditioning unit, pool pump or well pumps


• Extremely brief spikes in electrical power that burn up electrical circuits inside appliances and electronic equipment.

• 30% enter the home through the power lines, telephone lines and cable TV/satellite lines >These are the most damaging.

• 70% are generated by equipment inside the home from motors and large appliances turning off and / or premature failure.


• PHYSICAL DAMAGE:  The most noticeable and dramatic, these are the result of large power surges originating outside the home.

• DISRUPTION:  The computer locks up or shuts down, loss of valuable data from hard drives and media storage devices, the Blu-Ray DVD player malfunctions, the washing machine shuts down before the end of the cycle for no reason, computer modem and wireless devices need resent and have problems staying stable, HD TV picture pixelates or SAT receivers have issues staying synched.

• DEGRADATION:  Also called “electronic rust,” it shortens the lifespan of your equipment so that it mysteriously stops working sooner than one would expect… “why do we keep having problems with the garage door opener?”

Have questions or concerns about surge protection for your home or business?  Contact us today and let the pros at Artisan do a free site assessment and help design a system to protect your investments.