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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!

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

 

How old are your smoke detectors? When was the last time you tested them?

November 4th, 2011 No comments

The home heating and holiday season is approaching so now is a good time to inspect your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are in proper working condition.  It’s also a great time to consider having a professional electrician upgrade your smoke detectors to meet the current safety standards and local codes.

Ninety-six percent (96%) of all homes in the US have at least one smoke detector according to a 2010 National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) sponsored telephone survey.  But, only 75% of the homes in the US have a working smoke detector.  According to NFPA data from 2005-2009, smoke detectors sounded in only half (50%) of the fires reported to US fire departments and almost two-thirds (66%) of home fire deaths resulted from fires within homes with non-working or no smoke detectors.  Twenty-four percent (24%) of the deaths occurred in homes that had smoke detectors installed, but the detectors failed to sound.

Smoke detector installation code requirements are governed by the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72.  Prior to 1993, smoke detectors were governed by NFPA 74.  The code requirements have changed over time, with the goal being the improvement of personal safety by providing earlier warning of fires through the home’s smoke detectors.  Prior to 1989, single, stand-alone battery operated smoke detectors were required to be installed in homes or in new construction.  In 1989, newly constructed homes were required to have interconnected (hardwired) smoke detectors on every level of the home and outside of sleeping areas.  With inter-connected detectors, all the units would sound if any one detector triggered and alarm.  In 1993, the code was revised to include a requirement for the hardwired smoke detectors to be in every bedroom or sleeping area in addition to the units on every floor.  In 1996, the code requirements were modified to require the hardwire smoke detectors also have battery back-ups to ensure operation during power outages.  This battery back-up must be able to maintain power to the smoke detector for a period of seven (7) days after the low battery warning begins to sound.

While governed by NFPA 72, smoke detectors are also covered or addressed in the National Electric Code (NEC).  The 2002 NEC saw a major revision with the new requirement of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters for all bedroom circuits including lighting and smoke detector receptacles.  Local codes and local jurisdictions have overridden the NEC in many areas over concerns that nuisance tripping of AFCI circuits can leave the bedroom unprotected if the battery back-up fails.

Both the NFPA 72 and NEC require that smoke detectors have visible Power-On indicators (usually green LEDs) and be supplied by either a dedicated branch circuit or the unswitched portion of a branch circuit for power and lighting.  The NFPA 72 and NEC prohibit the use of a GFCI to supply power to smoke detectors.

Most electricians will strongly recommend that older homes or those built before the adoption of the 2002 NEC, should have the smoke detectors updated to meet the new code requirements and be installed on a dedicated, interconnected circuit with a smoke detector on all floors and detectors in all bedrooms or sleeping areas.  In addition, most electricians also recommend the addition of a hardwired, interconnected Carbon Monoxide detector with battery back-up be added the smoke detector alarm circuit near the furnace and hot water heater.  Alarm strobe lights are highly recommended for families with individuals that are hard of hearing or hearing impaired to alert them of alarm conditions.

 A parting tip:

Always change the back-up batteries in all smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors on your birthday and test the detectors at least four times a year, at the change of each season.  This ensures that the batteries are always in good condition and ready to offer the extended coverage in the event of a power loss.  Also, if you do experience and extended power loss for more than a day or two, it’s recommended that the batteries in all smoke detectors be replaced to ensure they are in top condition for the next power loss.  Batteries are a small price to pay to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.

 

For additional information on the NFPA or NFPA 72, please visit the NFPA’s web site at:
http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=278&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Fire%20&%20safety%20equipment/Smoke%20alarms

When terminations go bad…

December 15th, 2010 No comments

Found this mess in a lighting control panel last week. These type of crimp on terminal connectors don’t work on solid wire.

12 unit meter bank change out

December 15th, 2010 No comments

We just completed this project last week. Retro fit of a new 800 amp service on a 12 unit building. The old service was not installed correctly and failed due to water and rust.

We do Kiln Installs!

December 15th, 2010 No comments

We have worked with many of the potters in the area for kiln installs and repair work. We did this install with vent a few weeks ago.

Generator cords for Fowler Ridge wind farm

December 15th, 2010 No comments

Made up these 300′ extension cords this week. 30 amp / 240 volt with twist lock ends and strain relief grips. These will be used to drop down the towers while they are under construction.

New 200 amp service – the Artisan Way

December 15th, 2010 No comments

This is a picture of a new 200 amp service done the Artisan Way!

Electrical Tip of the Day – Fall outdoor light fixture maintenance

October 13th, 2010 No comments

Its that time of year again and (gasp) bad weather will be upon us soon.  This weeks tip is a simple one… it will save you a bundle to deal with outdoor light fixture repairs before the snow flies and things freeze… in some case, like in ground landscape lighting, if a problem occurs after it has hard frozen for the winter we have little choice but to put the repair work off until spring thaw

In other areas, like commercial parking lot lights, wall packs, those pesky motion detector sensor lights – getting fresh lamps in and checking out the systems before winter is money well spent.  Things break when it gets cold, and planning for bucket truck / large ladder use during those bad winter months will always cost more then doing the same work during favorable weather.

And of course – PLANNED maintenance is always more cost effective then emergency or unplanned repair work!