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Does Your One of a Kind Home Need Updating?

May 24th, 2021 Comments off

Today’s real estate market is flooded with buyers. We want to make sure that you make the most informed decision on buying (or selling) a home and get the most out of your investment. We are beginning to see a lot of pressure on buyers and sellers to waive the home inspection to make their offer stronger and to speed up the closing process. When the home inspection is waived, it means the buyer will not be able to hold the home sellers responsible for making repairs. Now while this could make the buyers offer more attractive, this has the potential to hide or otherwise neglect any potential damages or immediate repairs.

A full home inspection includes a qualified inspector coming to the house and evaluating dozens of key areas in the home and checking for possible damages and issues. Today we will discuss the

Knob and Tube Wiring

Knob and Tube Wiring

electrical category of the inspection and what your home inspector will evaluate in the home. Your inspector will evaluate the electrical panel in the home, check visible wiring conditions, ensure all light switches and outlets are in working condition and that the home has the appropriate GFCI outlets installed in the home. One common finding on inspection reports for older homes is knob and tube wiring. This wiring is distinguishable due to the electrical wires being anchored by ceramic insulting knobs passing through ceramic tubes as pictured to the right. This turn of the century wiring method was commonly used in the US from 1880 to the 1930s. This wiring method is ungrounded, often buried in insulation, is not rated for moisture, and overall is outdated.

Most home insurance companies will not insure a home with knob and tube wiring. Too often we see homeowners who recently bought a home and the insurance company will require the knob and tube be replaced within 60 days. If the homeowner cannot replace the knob and tube within 60 days they cannot obtain homeowners insurance and thus cannot obtain the mortgage. This is an unavoidable repair and it is best for a buyer or seller to obtain a home inspection prior to closing so we can help guide you through this process incase major repairs like this come up. We would rather you find out these repairs prior to closing so you know what you are dealing with before committing to a large investment.

The A-Team

The A-Team

Do you know if your home has knob and tube wiring? Are you looking to sell or buy a home? While we do not offer full home inspections, we do offer full electrical home inspections. We will come and do a deep dive on the electrical in the home and provide you with a detailed report of our findings and quotes on any repairs necessary. While a full electrical home inspection is not necessary to buy or sell a home, it is a great way for clients to be more informed on their investment and help prepare them for any costs or safety needs along the way. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss all your electrical needs at 765-414-3913.

Exhaust Fans

March 5th, 2021 Comments off

When was the last time that you cleaned your exhaust fans? If you don’t remember or have never cleaned your exhaust fans, tune in to this weeks toolbox talk to learn more about when to clean your fans, what to look for when it is time to call an electrician, and what kind of fans are needed for certain rooms in your home or business. 

What will you do in case of an electrical emergency?

February 19th, 2021 Comments off

Who do you know that was spooked by this recent line of storms and related power outages?

The reality is that with the continued deterioration of our aging power grids and the rapid increase in dramatic weather events these situations are going to become more common place. Have you experienced multiple extended power outages at your home in the last two years that caused the loss of food in your refrigerator and freezers? Have you had electronics within your home damaged because of surges, spikes, or sags in your utility power? Now more than ever we are dependent on ensuring our electronics are in working condition due to a multitude of families still working from home or attending school virtually. It only takes a second to ruin your investment. We supply and install the best generators in the business.

Kohler Commercial & Residential Generators:

Artisan Electric is an authorized dealer for Kholer backup power generators and we offer complete sales and services in Lafayette, West Lafayette and surrounding counties. Today’s generators are able to transfer the household circuits over to the generator in less than 10 seconds. Most homes only need 10kW to 14kW capacity for basic emergency loads and units are available that can provide 100% complete coverage for even 6000 square feet or more of living space. The LP or natural gas powered units are clean, quiet, and nearly odor free. Here at Artisan Electric we have the full package of solution, design, installation, warranty and service that is second to none in the area.

Things to consider when shopping for a back-up generator:

When shopping for your home generator consider the warranty on the product and ensure you know who is standing behind that warranty when the time comes. Consider who is supplying and installing your generator and ask if they are reliable trade’s professions with training, education, and time to do the job right. Be sure to ask if you will have available emergency service if your generator fails to start or function when you need it most. Ensure you understand when and who to contact when your generator requires routine maintenance, this is typically completed by a factory qualified service technician. While you have the option of purchasing a home generator from your local home improvement store or 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 electrical needs. Your 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 lowering the initial cost of the unit since a smaller unit would suffice.

Whether you are in the early phases of a new housing construction project, or about to undertake a major renovation of an existing home, or just wanting to sleep better at night knowing you won’t have to worry about not having power during an outage, now would be a great time to include a permanent standby generator as part of the energy independence and energy efficiency plan for the home. When you think of back up power think of us! Reach out today to schedule a free estimate on installing your ideal home generator solution today by calling us at (765) 414-3913 or fill out our contact form. 

Do you want to also make sure your data is backed up and protected from disasters too? Learn more about the ioSafe brand by watching our toolbox talk below!

Toolbox Talk Friday: Technology Integration

December 18th, 2020 Comments off

It’s Friday! You know what that means…. It’s toolbox talk day! This week we discuss technology integration. Click below to learn more about all those tech doodads and gadgets you have been ordering from Amazon these past few weeks!

Toolbox Talk Friday: Smoke Detectors

November 13th, 2020 Comments off

Toolbox Talk: Smoke Detectors

As we approach what we call “fire season” we often see an increase in home and business fires.  This is mostly due to space heaters, extension cords, overloaded circuits and much more. Tune in to our toolbox talk to learn more about your smoke detectors!

Weekly Toolbox Talks!

November 6th, 2020 Comments off

We are excited to share with you that we will be uploading a toolbox talk every Friday to our YouTube channel.  If you like the content we would be thrilled to invite you to subscribe to the channel. A toolbox talk is not, as the name suggests, a talk about toolboxes! Join owner Chris Voglund as he covers a variety of topics in the trades including information and advice on construction, do’s and don’ts, safety, tips and tricks, industry trends, and some deeper dives into the inner workings of all things electrical.

Occasionally we will also use these talks to feature local businesses and trusted products we use and recommend as well as interviews with other area business owners and trades professionals. This week we discuss the way to safely ensure your data is backed up and protected from disasters, featuring the ioSafe brand available locally from K.L. Security.

Learn more by clicking the picture below!

Owner Chris Voglund featuring the ioSafe provided by K.L. Security

 

Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

September 25th, 2020 Comments off

The time is here for bonfires, sweaters, pumpkins, and falling leaves… But are you prepared for winter? Let’s discuss the top three electrical checklist items you should have completed before the cold weather hits.

 

1) Generator

Kohler Generator

Are you prepared for a potential power outage this winter? Cold-season power failures arise due to freezing rain, high winds, and winter storms which can damage power lines and equipment. Without a steady supply of heat, not only are you impacted, but your home can suffer from dampness, damaging walls, floors and plumbing. Today’s residential generators are cable 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. 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 home 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. We are proud to inform you that we are authorized dealers of Kohler backup power generators and we offer complete sales and service in Lafayette, West Lafayette and surrounding counties.

 

Outdoor Deck Lighting

2) Outdoor Lighting and Outlets

Cold weather days approaching means digging out the outdoor holiday lighting and decorations! Have you checked your outdoor outlets to ensure they are working properly? We can test, fix, and/or replace your outdoor outlets to help you ease into the holiday season worry free! We also offer holiday lighting installation and removal! With Daylight Savings Time right around the corner, consider installing walkway lighting to guide your way from your driveway to your front door so your family and guests will safely reach your front door at any time of day or night.

 

3) Overloaded Outlets

Did you know that half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February? We can help you stay safe this winter by double-checking your electrical appliances in your house to make sure the outlets they are using aren’t overloaded. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests only using one heat producing appliance plugged into one outlet at a time. Reach out to us today if you’d like us to come ensure your home is safe by performing the above checklist items and giving you some peace of mind going into the holiday season!

 

The A-Team is here to keep you safe!

Call us at 765-414-3913 or fill out our contact form on our website to set up an appointment today!

 

Lighting Upgrades and Artisan Updates

August 14th, 2020 Comments off

Have you considered updating the lighting in your home?

 

Ethan finalizing installation on a custom chandelier


 

By adding new lights, replacing old fixtures and rethinking how you light each room, your home or office can take on a new appearance and even help you be more energized! Investing in your home as your sanctuary is now more important than ever. While working from home and students e-learning becomes the new normal, the lighting in our house is probably not the first thing we think of. Studies show that a bulb that is brighter, with a cooler white to natural daylight ranges best for reading and study. This is the equivalent of 4000k to 6500k. 

 

Take a look at this custom lighting project we completed last week:

 

Custom Lighting in Kitchen, Dining Room, and Living Room

Each room in your house requires different lighting layers in order to provide the light you need and to create visual interest. Some examples are:

  • Living Room: For such an all-purpose area of your house you should consider lighting fixtures that will spread an efficient amount of light like: table lamps, floor lamps, and sconces.
  • Home Office: In order to promote a productive environment you’ll want this to be brighter lighting fixtures than your ambient lighting so the contrast focuses the light in the specific area needed. Pendants and track lighting can be used to help achieve this.
  • Kitchen: Ambient overhead lighting and lower task lighting similar to the lighting for your home office are a great option to help to illuminate your counter space.
  • Bathroom: Consider lighting the bathroom mirror on either side and overhead ambient lighting to fully illuminate the room.

 

Custom chandelier we installed as part of this lighting project

Dimmers are also a great way to add versatility to your home that create a light source that is customizable to your needs. Set a different mood in your dining room, bathroom, bedroom and even outside on your deck or patio. You’ll have control over the intensity of light around your home and save energy at the same time. Being able to dim the lights in a given space is one of the quickest and most affordable changes that can be made to dramatically affect the lighting in a space. The custom lighting project we completed to the right is equipped with dimmers.

 

 

 

 

 

John Buttacavoli

Meet our newest team member!

 

We would like to introduce John Buttacavoli our newest team member and Journeyman Electrician to the A-Team! John has relocated to our area from Illinois. He is a seasoned service technician and has a very deep skill set as a job lead and PM for commercial electrical projects. We are excited to have him on our team and look forward to watching him grow with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-R: Chad, John, and Ethan at this custom lighting project!

Ready to upgrade your home and not sure where to start?

 

Lighting design and solutions are one of our favorite things to assist clients with. We typically start with a walk thru with our clients to get to know their aesthetic and talk about ideas and options. We can help you with design considerations, placement of new lights, and installation. From there we can assist with visiting a local lighting showroom or on line vendors for fixture selections for your home to fit your taste and budget Give us the opportunity to help you achieve your home improvement goals call us at 765-414-3913.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About Electrical Panels!

July 15th, 2020 Comments off

Is Your Home Electrical Panel Dangerous? Check Your Panel for Discontinued Breakers or Brands

Pushmatic Breaker Panel

What is a Pushmatic Home Electrical Panel?

The Pushmatic panel board was a widely used circuit breaker panel installed in homes built between 1950 and 1980. This is a distinctive panel because it is the only electrical panel brand that does not have switches that flip left and right. As Pushmatic breakers age springs inside rust, corrode, and break and they become hard to trip and reset. Some insurance companies will not insure a home with this type of panel.

 

How to tell if you have Pushmatic Breakers:

Take a look at your breakers… Can you flip your breakers left and right or are they buttons that you must “push” to activate or deactivate? If you have “push” button breakers you have a Pushmatic Electrical Panel! These breakers are now obsolete and replacement circuit breakers are hard to find and expensive. The design of these old electrical panels also makes it impossible to add new circuits and loads to the already limited spaces in the panel.

Besides just the Pushmatic brand there are also other outdated and unsafe electrical panels that you should be on the lookout for in your home:

    • Zinsco Panels: Zinsco or GTE-Sylvania panels were popular electrical panels installed in homes throughout the 1970’s. Zinsco is now defunct, but many homes still have these panels.

Why they’re unsafe: The circuit breakers inside many Zinsco panels melt to the main ‘bus bar’. This means the breaker can’t ever trip, even when there’s a short or overloaded circuit. So if there ever is a short or other problems, the surge of power melts wires and starts fires in your home.

    • Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Panels: For a long time (1950s-1980s) Federal Pacific Electric was one of the most popular manufacturers of electrical panels in the United States. And they were installed in millions of homes. But these panels are extremely unsafe.

Why they’re unsafe: FPE electric panels’ circuit breakers fail to trip when they should (when there’s a short circuit or circuit overload). This problem has lead to             thousands of fires across the United States. There are also many reports that FPE circuits in the off position still send power to the circuit. This can cause electrocution   when working on a circuit you believe to be off.

    • Fuse box: Fuse boxes are old electrical panels that use fuses instead of circuit breakers to protect your wires from becoming overloaded. When a circuit draws too much electricity, the fuse burns out and must be replaced.

Why they’re unsafe: Fuses aren’t inherently unsafe. They work just like circuit breakers (except they can’t be reset and must be replaced.) However, most fuse boxes in homes today are unsafe because they’ve been modified to try to serve today’s energy demands.

 

Time for an upgrade?

Check out this before and after of a panel upgrade we did this week! The A-Team is happy to set up a time to visit and inspect your home or business’s electrical panel and service. If it still uses Pushmatic breakers then we’ll provide you with options to replace this obsolete system! Contact us today at Artisan Electric or call us at 765-414-3913 and let our licensed pros do a free site assessment.

 

Artisan Electric Adds CRM System

June 25th, 2020 Comments off

Moving Artisan Electric Forward in Challenging Times

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Artisan Electric, like all small businesses, has had to adapt and find new ways to respond to our clients in a year that has been difficult and unpredictable.  The impact of COVID-19 has shaken us all and provided many small businesses with a wakeup call. 

At Artisan Electric we decided to continue to make improvements and add processes to meet head on the challenges of a changing world.  These changes will ensure we continue to position ourselves to meet our client’s needs and those of our Artisan Electric team.

Lilly Gastineau

Adding to Our Customer Service Team

Artisan Electric has improved and streamlined our customer service operations by adding a full time office manager, Lilly Gastineau, and a new fully integrated paperless customer relations (CRM) system.  These were two big first quarter goals and we are over the moon with the progress and professionalism Lilly has added to our team, and the efficiency our new CRM has provided.

Gone Paperless

Artisan Electric has gone paperless, with our team members all managing their appointments and projects with IPads from the field.  Our new system allows us to communicate with our customer via email and text with automated “ON MY WAY,” “START”

and “FINISHED” messages.  With the click of a button our clients will now be able to see who their technician or estimator is and know when they are on their way.

Anywhere our technicians go they are connected.

Clients can now call us, text us, or contact us thru the web to schedule an appointment for both estimates and service calls. Within a few seconds they will receive an email or text containing detailed appointment information.  Estimates and bid work can now be approved electronically and are much easier to modify and revise.  Our goal is to provide same day estimates for smaller projects, and in some cases before leaving the appointment.

Transparency of Services and Invoicing

We now offer improved payment solutions and simplified “in-field” credit card processing when we complete a job.  We can also include before and after pictures of your project within minutes of your technician leaving.  We also log and track all elements of the work performed in the CRM so that information is available electronically both in the field and in the office for our team to reference. We value the ability to easily communicate with our clients and the ability to develop transparency regarding the completion of the services we provide and how they are invoiced.

Ongoing Commitment to Bettering Ourselves

All of this adds up to our continued commitment to bettering ourselves and the services we offer to our customers.  After 16 years of business Artisan Electric is one of the most respected and reviewed electrical contractors in Tippecanoe County on Angie’s List (67 reviews), on Facebook (30 reviews), and on Google (42 reviews).

Please take a moment to see what people have to say about us.  Just click on the icon below. It is one thing to commit to being good at your trade, it is another when your clients and customers are also willing to help say it, too.

 

 

 

 

Thank you all so much for the continued trust as we grow and improve.

Chris Voglund and the A-Team at Artisan Electric