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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preventing Damaging Power Surges

March 21st, 2018 No comments

How to Stop Sneaky Power Surges from Damaging Your Electronics


motherboard hit by electrical surge

Power surges from different sources can all cause damage to electronic devices.

“Just had it happen to us,” noted Chris Voglund, owner of Artisan Electric. “We had surge protection on all of our devices, but a recent spike through the electric company’s transformer was so fast, it still knocked out a couple of our more sensitive electronic pieces of equipment.  We are now installing surge protection at the outside electrical panel to prevent this from happening again.”

Causes of Power Surges
Although lightning strikes are the most visible examples of what causes damaging power surges, they are not the most common reason.  Other more common sources are faulty electrical equipment from outside the home, and internal power surges caused by larger appliance motors on refrigerators, A/C units, and microwave ovens.

Smaller, repeated power surges may also slowly damage your electronic equipment. Repetitive, small power surges shorten the life of appliances and electronics. Your electronic devices may continue to function following small surges until the integrity of the electronic components finally degrades and your computers, TV’s and other electronics mysteriously stop working.

Types of surge protectors

How to Prevent Damage from Power Surges
Power surges caused by lightning can enter the home through the cable TV or satellite dish cable, the incoming telephone lines or through the electrical service line.

Knowing that power surges can take several paths and do not always enter through the electrical panel indicates a good surge protection system should include:

  • Protection of the incoming electrical service
  • Some type of protection of phone lines and cable TV lines
  • Point-of-use surge protectors at sensitive and expensive appliances

When deciding on what type of and how much surge protection is needed, each house and its contents should be assessed individually. An electrician knowledgeable about power surge protection systems and the history of problems in your area is a valuable resource.

Lightning storm over city

Lightning is the most visible form of power surge, but not the most common.

The Odds Are Not In Our Favor
Many of us think a power surge won’t happen to our home or business, so we are hesitant to spend the extra money on a complete surge protection system.

There are over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes detected per year in the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.  The 10 year average for Indiana is 425, 478 per year. Odds are that it will happen to you at some point.

When you are a victim of a power surge either by lightning or other cause, the consequences can be expensive.  Replacing TV’s, appliances and computers are all high ticket items.  Unless you have additional coverage on your homeowner’s insurance policy, standard policies typically don’t cover damaged items from a power surge.  Renter’s insurance policies usually don’t provide this kind of coverage either, meaning tenants must get compensation from their landlord.

Power Strips Are Not Surge Protectors
It is also helpful to remember that power strips and surge protectors are different.  Using a power strip as a surge protector will not typically give you adequate protection. Power strips are multi-outlet products that allow you to plug-in additional items into one outlet. They usually have a circuit breaker, but most won’t protect your valuable home electronics completely.

Artisan Electric logoFree Site Assessment
Have questions or concerns about surge protection for your home or business?  Contact us today at Artisan Electric and let our licensed pros do a free site assessment.  We can then discuss the best way to protect your valuable electronic devices.

Outdoor Living Space Electrical Upgrades

February 23rd, 2018 No comments

Looking to Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space?  We Can Help With Those Warm Weather Electrical Projects.

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Outdoor lighting, hot tub, outdoor kitchen
With a hint of spring in the air, many of us look forward to getting outside and enjoying the nicer weather.  For those who want to upgrade their outdoor living spaces, this is the time to plan and line up the contractors you’ll need to get these jobs done.
 

Even if you are handy and expect to do most of the work yourself, we highly suggest leaving the electrical work to the professionals.

Artisan List of Outdoor Wiring ProjectsIncrease the Enjoyment and Value of Your Home
Improving your outdoor living space with landscape, patio and deck lighting improves the appeal and safety around your home.

Adding electrical capacity for outdoor kitchens, sheds, garages, pools and docks will allow you to use these areas more extensively. For more outdoor wiring ideas go to Enjoy Your Home.

Keep Everyone Safe
The National Electrical Code (NEC) includes many specific requirements for outdoor circuits and equipment. The primary safety concerns outdoors are moisture and corrosion, physical damage, and issues related to underground burial.

With most residential outdoor wiring projects, the relevant code requirements pertain to installing outdoor receptacles and fixtures and running wiring above and below ground.

Where requirements call for “listed” equipment, products must be listed for the application by an approved testing agency, such as UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories).

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions
We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next warm weather project up and running. Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

Scheduling Your Next Project

January 19th, 2018 No comments

It’s Time to Line Up Your Spring & Summer Projects


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is the time to start planning for upcoming 2018 construction projects, large or small.  Getting a head start saves money, reduces stress levels, and most importantly, ensures the end result will be more to your satisfaction.

By not rushing through the early stages of a project, there is more time to evaluate different options and avoid project delays, cost overruns, and frustration from all those involved.

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The Ideal Time to Get Started

This is the time of year where contractor’s work can slow down due to poor weather and the inability to do a lot outside.

This makes it the ideal time to plan your upcoming spring or summer project and to begin lining up contractors to do the work.

Planning your project early has a number of advantages:

  • Good planning makes for a good results.  “Winging it” at the last minute is never a pleasant experience and often results in mistakes and low satisfaction with the end results.
  • The local construction economy is very strong. The area’s best contractors are already booking well into spring and summer; some are even booking into fall!
  • For larger projects that require architectural plans and permitting, selecting a good General Contractor to help with the process is essential to success. This takes time.
    • Having some extra time allows you to consider different choices of contractors, not just having to take the first one that is available.
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Work with a qualified contractor “early” for the best results.

  • Staying on budget is always a challenge with any project, so having time to evaluate alternative approaches can minimize cost overruns and schedule delays.
  • You will save money by getting bids now, rather than when everyone is booked solid during the height of the construction season – often as much as 25%.
  • Arranging dates and schedules early will give you the greatest flexibility and allow time for some contingencies to handle unforeseen problems and delays.
  • You gain the advantage of having time to plan and refine ideas.  Working on your spring and summer projects now allows all parties the necessary time to plan those essential details that turn a good project into a great project.

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions
We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next project up and running … the sooner the better.

Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

Space Heater Safety Tips

November 17th, 2017 No comments

Space Heater Safety Tips

Staying Safe When Using a Portable Space Heater

As the winter chill settles in portable space heaters can be a quick way to heat up a room. However, they can be as dangerous as they are convenient if used improperly. Space heaters cause 25,000 home fires a year, and 6,000 emergency room visits, according to the Harvard University Environmental Health & Safety group.

The National Fire Protection Association states that approximately one-third of all house fires nationwide occur between December and February and space heaters are the leading cause of these fires.

space heatersPortable Space Heater Home Safety Tips
To keep your family and home safe follow these recommendations when using portable heaters of any type.

  • Purchase only space heaters that are safety tested and UL approved. Make sure it is equipped with an emergency tip-over shut-off feature and heating element guards.Read and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions for operation and care.
  • Before using a space heater, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition.
  • Don’t place heaters in high-traffic areas.  Set them on a level, hard, non-flammable floor surface—not on carpets, furniture or countertops.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from combustible liquids like fuel, spray cans and paint, as well as flammable items such as draperies, blankets and sofas.
  • Space Heaters Need SpaceNever allow pets or children near an electric heater. Accidental contact could result in serious shock or burns.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. If you must – use a grounded #12 gauge cord that is just long enough to do the job.
  • Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended. Turn off your space heater and unplug it before leaving the room or going to bed. Do not leave your heater running overnight while you sleep.
  • Do not use space heaters in homes with wiring systems that have not been upgraded to 3 wire grounded circuits and modern toggle style breakers.  We find these in older homes whose old electrical systems were not designed for these kinds of loads.
  • Ideally space heaters should be used on 20 amp circuits that do not share power with the lighting system or other electrical loads.
  • If the heater keeps tripping the circuit, then don’t “force” the breaker back into reset.  It is tripping for a reason indicating a potentially larger problem.

Artisan Electric logoNeed Some Advice
If you have any questions on how to safely use space heaters in your home or office, give us a call at 765-414-3913 – we would be happy to discuss your electrical requirements.

Electrical Tip of the Day – 5 things to consider when buying a back-up generator

September 19th, 2011 No comments

5 things to consider when shopping for a back-up / emergency generator:

 

1) Warranty on the product – who is standing behind that warranty when the snow is flying?

2) Who is supplying and installing it –  is it a reliable trade’s professional with training and education (AND TIME) to do the job right?

3) Fuel supply – there is way more to sizing gas lines and fuel delivery then some pipe fittings and tapping the closest fuel source.  Who is doing this work and are they qualified to do so?

4) Emergency Service – if your generator fails to start or function when you need it most who makes it right for you (and how long will it take)?

5) Maintenance – like anything else generators require routine maintenance by a factory qualified service tech, something you can’t usually get from the home store!

 

 

Artisan Electric is a authorized Kohler Generator Dealer.  We work with our partners at Buckeye Power Sales (who own the Indiana franchise for Kohler) to provide the very best level of quality and service!