More than 2,400 children are treated in emergency rooms due to electrical shocks and burns every year as a result of tampering with electrical outlets. Installing child proof outlets, also called tamper resistant receptacles (TRR), provides an inexpensive, simple, and permanent solution for these accidents.
WHAT ARE CHILD PROOF OUTLETS?
Though child proof outlets appear identical to standard wall outlets, they are anything but. Spring-loaded receptacle cover plates protect electrical contacts, preventing the insertion of objects when unequal pressure is applied to the receptacle’s contact points.
HOW TO OPERATE A CHILD PROOF OUTLET
For adults who know how to properly operate a plug, using a childproof outlet is simple. These outlets do not require the strength or knowledge required to operate most other child proof devices. In order to insert a plug into the receptacle, simply apply equal pressure to both sides simultaneously (as you would normally do) which allows the receptacle’s cover plate to open. Never seen a child proof outlet? Visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s website for a virtual demonstration.
WHAT DO CHILDREN PUT IN ELECTRICAL OUTLETS?
Nearly one-third of accidents occur when a child inserts common household items into receptacles, 70 percent of them occurring when adults are present. Items that children insert into outlets can be found anywhere, and include:
Paper clips and staples
UPDATE YOUR HOME TO INCLUDE CHILD PROOF OUTLETS
For just a few dollars per outlet, pennies more than traditional receptacles, you can bring your home up to code and make it safer for your family by having child proof outlets installed. In fact, tamper proof receptacles have proven so effective that as of 2008 the National Electrical Code has required the installation of them in all new homes. Without child proof receptacles, your child is at risk of:
Seven children per day, 2,400 children per year, will be injured by placing objects into electrical outlets.
95 percent of injuries resulting from electrical outlets will involve burns. Though they range in severity, it is important to understand that burns are very serious in young children whose skin is thin and offers little resistance to electric flow or heat.
PRODUCTS TO AVOID
When selecting child proof outlets for your home, avoid those that require you to screw plugs in place, as they are not only inconvenient, but present a fire hazard. In addition, once outlets are installed, avoid the use of plastic plugs – your outlets are now tamper proof, and these items present a choking hazard to small children. To ensure safety through the proper installation of child proof receptacles in your home, contact a licensed, qualified professional at Inland Northwest Electric. Our technicians have the best interests of you and your family at heart.
Your electricity runs behind the scenes, inside the walls of your home, allowing you a great variety of modern creature comforts. However according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical problems are the largest cause of property damage in home structure fires across the U.S. In addition, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) identifies small appliances plugged into inadequate or improper home wring as the leading cause of accidental electrocutions. These safety hazards can be easily addressed and prevented with an electrical home inspection.
WHAT IS AN ELECTRICAL HOME INSPECTION?
An electrical home inspection provides a thorough examination of your entire electrical system, ensuring all electrical wires, systems, and components, such as appliances in your home, meet legal safety standards. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the code that all electricians operate under when examining your home, and defines the parameters for minimum standards across the United States. Upon completion of your electrical home inspection, a Inland Northwest Electric inspector will provide a detailed, prioritized, checklist including areas in need of immediate attention, recommendations for improvements, and potential upgrade possibilities.
The Electrical Safety Foundation recommends electrical home inspections:
When purchasing a home.
When a home is 40 years or older.
When adding an appliance.
When a home has had a major renovation.
An electrical home inspection is important for the safety of your home, offering peace of mind by:
Ensuring the safe operation of electrical components in your home.
Identifying common electrical mistakes made by contractors and previous DIY homeowners.
Recognizing outdated wiring such as aluminum or knob and tube.
Identifying electrical wiring and components that may have degraded over time.
Spotting over sized fuses or breakers that could lead to fire.
Allowing for the correction of fire and safety hazards.
Helping you save energy and reduce costs.
Meeting insurance risk assessment inspections requirements.
Letting you know the electrical in a new home is safe before you purchase it.
An electrical home inspection from Inland Northwest Electric covers:
Verification of proper light bulb wattage.
Switch and wall outlet operation and condition.
Shock or electrocution hazards.
Verification arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are operating properly.
A check of all safety and security lighting.
Confirmation of grounding systems.
Validation of appropriate surge protection.
Verification of the proper placement of smoke detectors.
Testing of smoke detectors.
Testing of carbon monoxide detectors.
Inspection of the electrical panel for appropriate labels, amps, and operation.
An examination of outdoor electrical systems.
A detailed, prioritized report on all areas of attention concerning the electrical system of your home.
The professionals at Inland Northwest Electric offer these inspections as part of every service call at no additional cost to you. Don’t wait, contact us today and ensure the safety of your home and family with an electrical home inspection from Inland Northwest Electric.
Are electrical surges and power loss to your computers keeping your employees and productivity down? Your computer circuits may be overloaded, causing your workers unnecessary stress and resulting in lost efficiency. Don’t fret – computer outages can be easily remedied with the help of dedicated computer circuits.
WHAT IS A DEDICATED COMPUTER CIRCUIT?
The circuits in your circuit box are protected by breakers and distribute electricity throughout your business. A dedicated computer circuit has its own circuit breaker in your business’s electrical box. This circuit and breaker are intended for use with only your computer systems. No other appliances or electrical equipment will be plugged into or utilize energy from this circuit, making it “dedicated” to your computers. Dedicated computer circuits ensure your computers are able to access the energy they need without overloading your system, losing power, blowing a fuse, or tripping a breaker. If you are adding new heavy duty computer equipment or simply adding additional outlets, you need new dedicated circuits.
The benefits of dedicated computer circuits include:
Reduced “electrical noise” from other appliances on shared circuits that result in damaging surges and fluctuations in power.
Reduced risk of electrical fires.
PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE
Without the installation of an appropriately sized dedicated circuit and circuit breaker, your computers could draw too much current, causing wiring to overheat and insulation around the wires to breakdown or melt, possibly resulting in a fire. The professional technicians at Inland Northwest Electric can determine the needs of your equipment, preventing safety hazards and protecting your business’s equipment and data with the proper selection and installation of computer circuits. Call Inland Northwest Electric today for the dedicated computer circuits your business needs. Our professional technicians are there to keep your business running smoothly and safely.
POWER SURGES AND SURGE PROTECTION
A power surge refers to an increase in voltage that substantially exceeds the standard designated flow of electricity — 120 volts. At a basic level, the wiring overheats and starts to burn. Homes, businesses, offices and other environments have an abundance of important and expensive electronic equipment or appliances, including personal computers, phones, fax machines, stereos, TVs, microwaves that can benefit from surge protection. Many of these items have circuitry or microchips that are overly sensitive to fluctuations in voltage. Even a slight surge or spike power surge can put a strain on the system, compromise its performance, or completely destroy it.
WHAT CAUSES POWER SURGES?
One of the most common reasons for power surges is the operation of heavy duty electrical devices. Refrigerators, air conditioners, and elevators are just a few appliances that require a significant amount of electricity to switch motors and compressors on and off. Toggling high-power electrical equipment and devices can create swift, fleeting demands for electricity, and disrupt the constant flow of voltage in the electrical system. The following sources can also cause of power surges:
Faulty electrical wiring
Down power lines
Problems with utility company’s lines, transformers and other components
Lighting also causes power surges but does not occur as frequently. Lighting may increase electrical pressure in wiring by millions of volts, overwhelming even the best surge protector.
SURGE PROTECTION RATINGS
Standard surge protection devices work by passing the electrical current from the electrical outlet to electronic and electrical devices plugged into the power strip. A surge or spike above the designated level causes the surge protector to automatically redirect the “extra” electricity into the grounding wire attached to the outlet, which returns the voltage to a normal level.
There are three ratings to look for when buying a surge protection product:
Clamping voltage: This rating advises consumers what voltage level cause the surge protector to pass electricity to the ground wire The lower the rating, the better the protection. The UL approve devices have three ratings: 330 V, 400 V and 500 V.
Energy absorption/dissipation: This rating tells you the device’s capacity to absorb excess electricity before it fails. A higher “joule” delivers greater protection. A protector 600 joules or higher provides good protection.
Response time: Choose a surge protector that has a response time of less than one nanosecond. The longer the response time the greater the exposure of your equipment to a power surge.
BUYING SURGE PROTECTORS
Simple surge protectors equipped with a breaker to trip the device are fine for standard electrical outlets. If you purchase one with an indicator light that can let you know it’s working properly.
Some other features to consider are:
Automatic Warning Devices
Power Shut Down Protection
Resettable Circuit Breaker
You can purchase specialized surge protectors with other types of connection, such as USB (computer use) or barrel connection for cable TV or phone-line input jack for phones.
WHOLE HOUSE SURGE PROTECTORS
A power surge can follow any wire into a home and threaten phone, fax, computers, televisions and other equipment. Many homeowners have a false assumption that surge protection is simply a matter of plugging their devices into a low-cost, multi-outlet surge suppressor. If you want to protect devices plugged into outlets anywhere in the home, install a whole home surge protection system. This protection must be hard-wired into the main electrical panel by a licensed electrician. Use smaller whole house surge protection for delicate circuitry, telephone and cable lines. Use the multi-outlet power strip surge protection as your backup to absorb any excess power that seeps through the primary protection.
GFCIs, or ground fault circuit interrupters, protect against the risk of electrical shock. Installing them provides an inexpensive solution to preventing incidents of shock, and offers the added bonus of bringing your home up to code.
WHAT IS A GFCI OUTLET?
GFCI outlets are used in areas like the kitchen, bathroom or garage where the risk of electrical shock is greater. They can be identified by the “test” and “reset” buttons located on the receptacle. These outlets help protect you from electrical hazards by monitoring the amount of electricity flowing in a circuit and tripping the circuit if an imbalance is detected. Once detected, the outlet stops the flow of electricity.
HOW TO OPERATE AND TEST A GFCI OUTLET
If your GFCI outlet stops the flow of power under normal operating conditions and it is safe, the GFCI can be manually reset by pressing the “reset” button to restore power. GFCIs are much more reliable than depending on the circuit breaker in your electrical box to trip and stop current flow, as they are sensitive to even small variations in current. In fact, they are designed to operate before electricity can affect your heartbeat. Because of this function, it is important to check all of the GFCI outlets in your home monthly.
Press the “test” button to see if they are operating properly.
Use a night light or other portable device that uses a minimal amount of electricity to ensure current is no longer flowing through the receptacle.
Press the “reset” button after confirming this to return power to the outlet.
WHERE ARE GFCI OUTLETS REQUIRED?
GFCIs have been required in homes since 1971, when they were mandated for use on the exterior of homes and for use with swimming pool equipment. There are many areas of your home where GFCI outlets are required to meet code, commonly in areas where the risk of electrical shock is increased due to possible exposure to risk factors such as water. GFCI outlets are required in:
Bathrooms since 1975.
Kitchens since 1987.
Laundry and utility sinks since 2005.
Wetbars since 1993.
Garages since 1978.
Crawlspaces and unfinished basements since 1990.
Your home’s exterior since 1973.
Spa and pool areas since 1968.
Limitations of GFCI receptacles
GFCI outlets should not be used as receptacles for refrigerators, freezers, or other appliances, as they could trip without your knowledge. Many older homes have lacked GFCI outlets for quite some time, putting their occupants at increased risk of electrical shock. Don’t wait on installing these inexpensive, potentially life-saving devices. Contact Inland Northwest Electric today and protect yourself and your family with the addition of GFCI receptacles.
Your commercial lighting can account for close to 35 percent of your business’s energy use. Are you using the right lighting solution and light bulb combination to get the most bang for your buck? There are a multitude of lighting options available, but how do you know which is right for your business?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL LIGHT FIXTURES?
Commercial lighting is specially designed for the illumination of commercial premises in order to accommodate various business activities, from manufacturing to sales. By utilizing different colors, designs, and intensities, commercial lighting options offer custom solutions for various applications. Commercial ballasts, for instance, are used with fluorescent lights to limit current to fluorescent bulbs and prevent them from increasing uncontrollably, overheating and burning out. A ballast is matched specifically to the light bulb it operates. Compared to residential fluorescents, these commercial fluorescents produce stronger magnetic interference, as well as more heat, making proper installation important in protecting against fire hazards and interference with electronics.
WHAT LIGHT BULB TYPE IS BEST FOR MY BUSINESS?
Incandescent: Older technology makes incandescent bulbs less efficient than other choices and best utilized for task lighting requiring high levels of brightness. Beginning in 2012, the Department of Energy requires these bulbs to produce the same amount of light using less wattage. There are many types including: general service/standard, reflectorized, and xenon.
Halogen: Twice as efficient as an incandescent, they produce a very bright white light and are commonly used in outdoor applications such as security and stadium lighting.
Fluorescent : The most commonly used commercial lighting, fluorescents and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), use 1/5 to 1/3 as much electricity as an incandescent. They also last 10 times longer and have comparable lumen ratings (the rating of the amount of light a light source produces). A CFL can be used in place of an incandescent in standard light sockets for energy savings. All fluorescents contain mercury, and should be disposed of properly.
HID/Metal halide: High-intensity discharge bulbs have a long life, are extremely efficient, and produce large quantities of very bright light. However with the exception of metal halides, they do not produce pleasing light colors. They are commonly used in warehouses and industrial applications.
LED: Light emitting diodes used in LED lighting are typically more efficient and longer lasting than any other type of light bulb, using 75 percent less energy than an incandescent and lasting 35 to 50 times longer.
THERE ARE MANY REASONS YOU MAY NEED NEW LIGHTS:
Lights are dim or flicker
Lights don’t turn on or off when they should
Frequent light bulb burnout
Cracked or burnt out lights
Light bulb explosions
Lighting color seems off
Lights do not achieve the desired level of illumination
A preference for softer, brighter, or cooler light
Upgrading to longer life bulbs for convenience and savings
The excessive energy consumption of older technology bulbs.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Since performance depends on the type of light bulb used, choose the most efficient light bulb that meets your business’s needs. Upgrading your business’s lighting with today’s technology can cut lighting energy use in half. Keep in mind fixture selection and proper installation are also important in gaining efficient and effective use of any light bulb, however, and the results can be seen in improved lighting. With good design and proper installation, lighting improvements typically pay for themselves in a few years. Inland Northwest Electric caters to many types of lighting:
Track and Accent
Contact Inland Northwest Electric today for help choosing the right light bulb or lighting solution for your business. We offer installation, repair, upgrades, and replacement services to suit your needs.
Landscape lighting is one of the most dramatic improvements that you can make to a home or garden, regardless of size, shape or elevation. Inland Northwest Electric offers complete landscape lighting design solutions to add beauty and security to any home. Inland Northwest Electric has a team of experts dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and superior craftsmanship. Our technicians provide you with the quality and professionalism you have been looking for when it comes to your custom landscape lighting needs while bringing your vision to life.
WHY INSTALL LANDSCAPE LIGHTING WITH INLAND NORTHWEST ELECTRIC?
Ambiance and Entertainment
Create the perfect atmosphere for outdoor entertaining with landscape lighting. Illuminate pools, decks, outdoor kitchens, patios, recreational spaces and sitting areas long after the sun sets. Landscape lighting sets the tone for any occasion and gives your guests an experience they will not forget.
Accentuate the architecture of your home while showcasing its artistry and charm. Allow your guests to experience the beauty of your fountains, flowers, trees and shrubs at any time of day. We will construct dramatic scenes that reveal the subtle contours, shapes and textures of your property.
Lighting your home is an effective way to deter residential crime and keep out unwanted intruders. Although lighting cannot prevent crime, statistics show that a well lit home is much more likely to deter potential criminals.
Motion tripped floodlights are a great way to protect your home and save energy at the same time. Your floodlights only turn on when you need them instead of running all night long.
Avoid any accidents with a well-lit yard or garden. Landscape lighting accents pathways, stairs or any other potentially hazardous areas within your yard, helping you to navigate safely around your property, while enjoying its beauty at the same time.
Landscape lighting makes your home stand out from the rest. Professionally placed lighting can add value to your property by improving the appearance of your home and landscaping, accenting the architecture and illuminating its charm. Outdoor lighting is a worthwhile investment that adds security, beauty and serenity to your property. No home is complete without landscape lighting design by Inland Northwest Electric. Take advantage of this opportunity to illuminate the beauty of your home and your landscape and speak with one of our landscape lighting experts. Our team of professionals will walk you through the process, provide upfront pricing and help turn your dreams into a reality. Simultaneously increase the security, safety, ambiance, beauty and value of your home. Our professionals are ready to help you light the way to more beautiful surroundings. Contact us or schedule an appointment online today!
Don’t forget the most important touch this holiday season, the twinkling lights outside your home! Be the home that everyone stops to admire when they drive by. Create the magical and whimsical memories you and your family will always remember.
LET INLAND NORTHWEST ELECTRIC INSTALL AND MAINTAIN YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS!
Finishing the lighting seems totally impossible with all you have to do this holiday season. Don’t get overwhelmed; just call one of our friendly service professionals to help you show off your exquisite holiday home. Sit back with a cup of hot cocoa by the warmth of the fire and let Inland Northwest Electric hang the holiday lights you desire. Tis the season to decorate! Call us today to complete your home or business winter wonderland!
TIPS ON CHOOSING THE BEST HOLIDAY LIGHTS FOR YOUR HOME
There is more to holiday lights than just bulbs on a string. They can completely transform your landscaping décor. You can choose from snowflakes, icicles, bubble lights, fiber optic lights, multicolored bulbs, white bulbs, LED lights, or incandescent lights and each type has a different appeal. With all the different kinds of lights, how do you choose the best type for your home? A holiday lighting specialist can help you choose the best combination of lights to suit your individual taste and home landscape.
Snowflake lights are different from typical bulb lights and can give your home a completely different feel. These lights are a great way to beautify your home and be unique. They typically come in blue or white.
Icicle lights have become increasingly popular over the last decade. These lights come in white, blue, and multicolored. The advantage to these lights is that can add extra depth and dimension to a home because they hang down 6 to 9 inches.
Bubble lights started back in the 1950’s and are slowly making a comeback. Bubble lights can add a classic nostalgic feel to your home décor. These glass lights are unique because they contain different colors of bubble filled liquid.
Fiber Optic Lights
Fiber optic lights are unique and colorful. These types of lights are more often used in decorative fixtures than lighting strands. The benefit to fiber optic lights is that they can change to multiple colors giving you maximum flexibility.
LED lights are the latest trend. They have risen in popularity because of their energy efficiency and their vibrant color. These lights conveniently come in solid and multicolored strands. To be the brightest house on the street, you will want to use these lights.
Incandescent lights are the most popular type of lights on the market. They come in solid or multicolored strings and are good for wrapping around things like trees, banisters, and columns. In addition, incandescent lights are great for a budget because they are relatively inexpensive.
Call Inland Northwest Electric to install the best lighting combination for you today!
When you need custom lighting for your business location, Inland Northwest Electric is the one to call. Our expert electricians can provide energy efficient, customized lighting for a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether you’d like a festive lighting display for your storefront during the holiday season, better lighting for the landscaping around the building, or parking lot lighting, it’s no problem for Inland Northwest Electric. Lighting can bring a new look to your property or bring new focus and attention to a certain area, and also provide convenience and security.
CUSTOM LIGHTING DESIGNED TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS
At Inland Northwest Electric, we design lighting solutions for many small businesses all around the local community, and we’re familiar with some fundamental electrical and lighting needs all businesses share. We know it’s important that your lighting functions well and looks good without huge operating costs. Inland Northwest Electric electrical experts enjoy creating special-purpose lighting solutions for local businesses. We’re dependable and customer focused. We won’t rush your job to get to the next. We’ll design your project to spec, explain any options and get your approval. Then, we’ll install it right the first time. Before leaving your property, Inland Northwest Electric always provides a free electrical inspection of your business premises.
ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Inland Northwest Electric will help you trim your business operating costs with lighting designs that keep energy bills as low as possible. We will make sure your specialty lighting design includes bulbs that are energy efficient and install all fixtures and wiring to code. According to your specific design requirements, Inland Northwest Electric will create the perfect lighting solution to fit your business needs. Contact us to discuss your commercial lighting needs and schedule an appointment for us to view your location. We can get started right away. You can count on Inland Northwest Electric to brighten up your space!
BALLAST AND BULB REPLACEMENT
Commercial ballasts limit the flow of electrical current going to fluorescent bulbs. This prevents them from becoming overheated and burning out. Lighting ballasts are matched specifically to the light bulb type being used.
CUSTOM LIGHTING DESIGN
Commercial fluorescent bulbs generate more heat and greater magnetic interference than residential bulbs, which makes proper installation crucial to avoiding fire risks or interference with your electronic equipment. Ask Inland Northwest Electric to evaluate your current commercial lighting setup for energy efficiency. We may have options that can lower your operating costs significantly. Transform and illuminate your space with the following types of custom lighting:
Landscape and Security Lighting
Custom Lighting Design
Electrical Panel Upgrades
Parking Lot Lighting
Call on Inland Northwest Electric for all your company’s specialty lighting needs. Custom lighting is no problem for the experienced, professional electricians at Inland Northwest Electric. We also offer emergency service 24/7. Contact us today.
What would happen to your business in the event of a power outage? Would it remain productive, or would business grind to a screeching halt? Adding a power generator can prevent lost customers and productivity resulting from short or long-term power losses due to weather, accidents, and more.
WHAT IS A POWER GENERATOR?
A power generator independently provides a backup source of power in the event of a power outage. Similar to an automobile, a generator creates mechanical energy with the help of a heavy-duty recharging battery to initiate and maintain energy, a fuel tank to supply fuel (gasoline, diesel, or natural gas), an engine, and an alternator to convert that mechanical power into electrical power.
Generators are useful for your business:
Power generators ensure continued productivity in the event of a power outage, keeping necessary appliances in operation. A power generator ensures the safety and comfort of your employees during the event of a snow storm, ice storm, or heat wave. A power generator protects computer data and allows security systems to continue to function. Standby generators provide an uninterrupted supply of power, despite brownouts and outages, keeping all devices running like normal.
TYPES OF COMMERCIAL POWER GENERATORS
Portable generators may be wired into a subpanel by an electrician or simply plugged into appliances using extension cords. They power only chosen essentials such as lights, refrigerators and some computers. They are a simple and inexpensive backup power option, but must be started and maintained. They offer a limited supply of electricity, providing enough power for two to four outlets or a few specific circuits when wired in. These generators must be located at least 10 feet away from your business, away from doors and windows, and in a completely open area (not even carports or awnings are safe) to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Standby generators start automatically during power outages, preventing interruptions in electrical service. They are powered by natural gas or propane, are quieter than portable models, and have the ability to power everything in your business. They come at a higher price and also require the professional installation of a transfer switch, a subpanel, and the power generator itself.
Battery failure: This is the single most common cause for power generator service. Battery failure may be the result of sulfate buildup on terminals, shorts, open cells, a tripped charger breaker, charger failure, or simply due to loose or dirty connections.
Low coolant: External and internal leaks, clogged radiators, and more can cause a power generator to run hot and shutdown.
Faulty block heater: Because they run so frequently, block heaters often become faulty resulting in a low coolant temp alarm.
Wet stacking: Excessive no-load run time can result in an over-fueled engine that becomes damaged due to the accumulation of carbon particles, unburned fuel, oil, condensed water, and acids in the exhaust.
Controls not in “auto”: This simply means the power generator was not shut off and may not be the main control switch. This can be due to human error, open breakers, alarms or switchgear not properly reset, emergency shutdown, and more.
Air in the fuel system: This can prevent injectors from firing and is typically due to generators that are not run on a regular basis. It can be prevented with weekly inspections.
Out of fuel: Generators will automatically shut down when fuel depletion is imminent to prevent the fuel system from drawing in air.
Breaker trip: If no one has accidentally pushed the emergency shut off, check the status of the automatic transfer switch (ATS). Never try to manually operate this switch if you do not know how to do so, as it could result in severe injury or death.
Warning! Never plug your generator into a wall outlet. This is also known as backfeeding. If you do this without throwing the main breaker to isolate your business from the grid, you could send power back on into the grid, potentially injuring or killing utility repairmen.
PROFESSIONAL GENERATOR INSTALLATION
A professional can determine the right size generator for your needs.
Do you know how to properly calculate wattage so that your system isn’t overloaded at startup? This varies depending on the equipment you need to power and the manufacturer of your generator. Our professionals have the skills necessary to calculate power needs for a smooth operation.
Professional installation ensures safety.
A professional electrician can safely set up wiring, plugging your generator into the transfer switch and wiring it directly to your business’s service panel. This disconnects you properly from the grid and ensures the safe delivery of power only to designated circuits, preventing the overloading of you generator, backfeeding, fire, and other safety issues. Proper positioning and installation of your portable generator is also essential in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. Inland Northwest Electric arranges for the inspection of your newly installed power generator. This ensures all local codes and regulations are met. Keep productivity and electricity flowing with the help of a power generator, contact Inland Northwest Electric today. Our professionals can install the perfect generator to meet all of your emergency power needs, getting you back to business as usual.
Is your house keeping up with the times? With the average lifespan of a home now greater than 35 years and technology’s rapid rate of progression, the answer is likely no. Today’s gadgets and appliances easily overload electrical systems in many of today’s older homes, causing issues that could easily be prevented with a new electrical panel.
WHAT IS AN ELECTRICAL PANEL?
Your electrical panel helps provide electricity to the much-loved and well-used gadgets and appliances throughout your home. Power from your utility company flows into your home through this panel, where it branches out into major electrical branches, dwindling into smaller branches in order to distribute power. A properly functioning electrical panel is essential to the safety of your family and your home.
WHERE IS THE ELECTRICAL PANEL IN MY HOME?
Electrical panels can be identified as a painted or gray metal box. They are typically mounted on the wall of your home in an easily accessible area such as a utility room, laundry room, garage, basement, or closet. However if you can’t find the electrical panel inside your home, it may be located outside.
Old electrical panels can result in a myriad of problems, including:
Breakers that constantly trip or fuses that frequently blow.
The need to turn off one appliance to use another.
Melted electrical wires.
Defective circuit breakers that fail to trip, resulting in shocks, overheating, and fire.
In short, old electrical panels result in danger to your family and property resulting from fire and electrical shock.
Is your home showing signs it is in need of a new electrical panel?
Crackling sounds from your panel box.
Corrosion or rust on the breakers or panel.
Overheating electrical service conductors.
Appliances running at less than full power.
Two pronged (non-grounded) outlets.
Your home is not equipped with GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) in necessary areas.
You find yourself frequently seeking extension cords.
You need surge protectors to protect the appliances in your home.
Your home was built with, and still runs on, a 60 amp electrical service.
Your home uses a fuse block panel or split-buss panel (electrical panel with no main breaker).
The 100 amp electrical service in your home is insufficient for operating necessary appliances.
Other reasons you should consider a new electrical panel:
The renovation of your home, particularly the kitchen, which is appliance-heavy.
You are adding a home addition.
The addition of a major appliance, such as central heating and air, stoves, spas, garage power equipment, and more.
You need/are adding outlets to your home.
To meet homeowners insurance requirements.
You’re in need of a 240 volt circuit.
You need to add a sub panel.
Just because you’re not living in a turn-of-the-century home doesn’t mean your panel is safe…
Today’s new electrical panels are well-designed and safe, however homes with panels installed as recently as the 1980s may contain components now known to have deteriorated, becoming unsafe with age and posing safety issues. If you home uses any of these components, have a new electrical panel installed immediately.
FEDERAL PACIFIC ELECTRIC ELECTRICAL PANEL
Made from the 1950s to 1980s, these panels have design and manufacturing flaws that can result in fires or shocks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the presence of this panel in a home is classified as a safety defect warranting a new electrical panel.
ZINSCO ELECTRICAL PANEL
Not manufactured since the mid-1970s, these panels have design flaws that allow power to flow even when the breakers appear off. Breakers may also melt preventing them from their essential function. Zinsco panels pose a fire and shock hazard and should be replaced with a new electrical panel.
PUSHMATIC ELECTRICAL PANEL
These panels house weak breakers that become difficult to reset over time, necessitating a new electrical panel. They also have no main breaker to stop flow into the panel.
Far older than any of the above panel types, fuse boxes are only designed to handle 30-60 amps of power, however today’s appliances require 100-200 amps of power or more. Not simply inconvenient, their well-outdated technology poses a huge fire and electrocution safety risk. Contact Inland Northwest Electric today for an electrical inspection of your older home. Our professionals can help you prevent electrical emergencies, protecting your family and property, by determining the need for a new electrical panel in your home.
As devices become more technologically advanced, businesses must adapt to keep up. Many business’ electrical systems do not have the capacity to support today’s high powered devices. From the moment each employee arrives at work they are using electronic devices, such as: coffee makers, computer monitors, computer towers, laptops, printers, lamps, radios, clocks, landline telephones, iPods, cell phones and more. Commodities of modern society can be a challenge to aging electrical systems. Now is the time to upgrade your building’s circuitry to ensure that your business has the capacity to support you and your employee’s electrical needs without the risk of a fire. Is your business powered properly? Call a Inland Northwest Electric certified electrician to upgrade your circuits today. Act now to update your building with the appropriate circuits and be on your way to secure, care-free, and continuous electricity. Stop the unwanted electrical interruptions today!
What is an Electrical Circuit Overload and How Can I Prevent it?
Electrical circuit overloads happen when more amperage is transferred across an electrical wire than the circuit can handle. Circuit overloads can be caused by loose, corroded, or faulty wires and connections. However, most circuit overloads occur when you draw more power than the outlet’s maximum capacity. For example, if you plug a laser printer into the same outlet as your computer tower, and you don’t have enough amperage to support the devices, a circuit breaker will be tripped or a breaker fuse will blow turning all devices using that circuit off and completely halting productivity. In order to avoid overloading your circuits and prevent the risk of electrical fires, outlets should be upgraded to have the appropriate electrical capacity in each location of your business. Let the professionals at Inland Northwest Electric update and install the right circuits in your business today.
12 Reasons to Upgrade Your Circuits
Security Systems: Do you want to install a security system to ward off intruders?
Specialty Lighting: Do you want to add task lighting, recessed lighting, track lighting, accent lighting, mood lighting, wall sconces, or other specialty light fixtures in your home?
Appliances: Do you need more outlets to plug in your appliances? Do want to put a deep freeze in your basement or garage?
Additional Outdoor Electricity: Are you adding security or landscape lighting, a pool, a sauna, a steam room, a hot tub, a new sprinkler system? Do you want a place to plug in your holiday lights?
Ceiling Fans: Do you want to be able to turn the fan off while leaving the light on with the flip of a switch?
Emergency Generator Installation: Do you want continuous power in case of a hurricane, ice storm, blizzard, or blackout?
Home Entertainment Centers: Do you have a television, a DVD player, speakers, surround sound, a CD player, and a VCR? Do you wish you had the capacity to plug all these things in at once? Do you want home theater wiring?
Overloaded Outlets: Are you using too many power strips, extension cords, or adding on additional outlet plugs? Do you wish you had more outlets to support your electronics?
Home Office Equipment: Do you need additional outlets or phone modem connections to support your home office equipment? Do you want to add computer accessibility for your children’s rooms or your guest rooms?
Cable or Satellite TV: Do you want to add cable or satellite television in of your other bedrooms?
Garage or Workshop: Are you tired of unplugging and re-plugging in devices in your garage so you can use your power tools or your lawn equipment? Do you need additional outlets to feel functional?
Lighting Control Stations: Do you want to operate multiple lights from a single location? Do you want to set mood lighting in several rooms with the touch of a button?
Inland Northwest Electric is ready to serve you with circuit breaker replacement services for your home to make it safer and more energy efficient. Our professionals look forward to enhancing the safety, security and functionality of your home. Get the capacity to support all of your electrical needs by contacting us for an appointment today!
Ceiling fans can make your home more comfortable and enhance your décor. At Inland Northwest Electric, we provide expert ceiling fan installation services, including upgrades like adding lights to your existing fans. With one quick call to Inland Northwest Electric, you can forget about getting up onto a ladder with a heavy, awkward ceiling fan and dealing with electrical wiring. There’s no need to risk a DIY job when you have a professional electrician on call right around the corner. Leave the job to the skilled professionals at Inland Northwest Electric and get on with your busy day.
CEILING FAN BENEFITS TO HOMEOWNERS
Save energy and increase comfort in summer: In hot weather, ceiling fans create a cool breeze, making anyone nearby feel cooler. You can turn the thermostat up a few degrees to save energy and money, without compromising comfort. Ceiling fans also keep cool, conditioned air circulating so that it does not become too damp or stale.
Save in winter too: Ceiling fans also help to reduce energy costs in winter. In winter, heated air rises and collects near your ceiling. Ceiling fans, set in reverse, make efficient use of that furnace-warmed air, pushing it back downward.
Light up the room: Most ceiling fans come equipped with overhead lighting. If not, your Inland Northwest Electric electrician can upgrade most old or new ceiling fans with a lighting kit.
Useful indoors and outdoors: There are specially made fans for outdoor use, where they can make backyard parties or BBQs more enjoyable and comfortable.
Decoration: Versatile ceiling fans come in world of unique designs, to complement your décor in the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, front porch, living room and other areas of the home. Homes with larger bathrooms or powder rooms often have ceiling fans installed along with exhaust fans. You can find almost any combination of size, features, number of blades, blade material, metal finish and lighting styles. In any part of the house, properly chosen ceiling fans draw your attention upward to showcase ceiling detail or make rooms look larger.
WHY CALL ON INLAND NORTHWEST ELECTRIC FOR CEILING FAN INSTALLATION?
Licensed electricians: Our electrical professionals are highly trained. Your ceiling fans will be installed to code for safe, dependable operation.
Reliable: Electricians are prompt, friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Each individual is background checked, bonded and insured to work in your home.
Dedicated to safety and energy efficiency.
Attention to detail: Our electricians ensure that fans are flush with the ceiling, without the telltale gap that you might find in amateur installations. We’ll ensure that the fan blades are properly balanced for efficient, quiet operation and much more.
Guaranteed result: The professional electricians at Inland Northwest Electric deliver the highest quality service, repair and installation services. We stand behind our work.
A nationally known brand with roots in your community.
Free Home Electrical Inspection is Included
After installing your ceiling fan, your Inland Northwest Electric professional can inspect your entire home electrical system for free. Find out if your wiring is safe or if you have a power problem. Could you use more surge protection? Are your lighting fixtures and bulbs energy efficient? Our goal is to give customers peace of mind whenever we visit the home and our complimentary professional electrical inspection is one way we do that. For superior ceiling fan installation, call Inland Northwest Electric and set up an appointment today! We’re ready to help with prompt and professional residential electrical service. Contact Inland Northwest Electric today!
WHAT IS A POWER CONDITIONER?
A power conditioner is an electrical device that provides clean power to your electronic devices. A power conditioner provides not only surge protection, but noise filtration. Some models even supply phone line, Ethernet, and cable conditioning. To maintain the long-term stability of your electrical equipment, a power conditioner is an excellent investment.
TYPES OF DIRTY ELECTRICITY
The absolute last thing you want to do is feed dirty electricity to your electronic devices. It can adversely affect the health of your system by allowing incoming voltage to fluctuate. Dirty power complicates data transfers and might even damage sensitive components of expensive electrical equipment. Powered that has been filtered (clean power) only allows a specific frequency to reach your equipment. Filtering power allows you to smooth out harmful alternating cycles of current. There are a few types of dirty electricity that can affect your home: brownouts, line noise, surges and spikes.
Brownouts are caused by overloaded circuits and result in a reduction of power. These can even be intentionally started by power companies during peak demand. It is important to have a power conditioner that can handle lower voltage frequencies. Brownouts are one of the top reasons people experience power issues with their computers.
Line noise is expressed in terms of decibels and different power conditioners are able to filter out different amounts of noise. Be sure to get a power conditioner strong enough to filter out the appropriate amount of decibels coming through your line. Electromagnetic interference and Radio Frequency Interference (EMI/RFI) are classic causes of noise on the line. Line noise can also be caused by electrical motors turning on and off, poorly connected electrical poles, radio transmitters, and lightning. This is why line noise often gets worse during a thunderstorm. It is important to protect yourself from line noise so that you can secure all your data transfers.
SURGES AND SPIKES
Many homes experience frequent increases in electricity coming through the circuits. An electrical surge only lasts a short time while a spike lasts longer and goes throughout the entire electrical system. A spike is most often caused by lightning strikes and is more severe than a surge. An electrical spike can completely destroy your electronic equipment. If you want to protect your home from brownouts, line noise, surges and spikes, call Inland Northwest Electric now. Ensure that your electrical signals reach your devices in a useful state with a professionally installed power conditioner from Inland Northwest Electric.
If you own an electric vehicle, and you’d like the convenience and safety offered by an at-home charging station–talk to the electrical experts at Inland Northwest Electric. We’re happy to answer any questions your may have. We offer a selection of the most advanced, fully featured residential charging systems available and provide professional EVSE installation and service.
WHAT IS EVSE?
EVSE stands for electric vehicle supply equipment and its function is to supply electric energy to recharge electric vehicles. Learn more about this Energy efficient and money saving form of transportation.
EV CHARGER INSTALLATION INCLUDES:
Full inspection of all equipment prior to EVSE installation by Inland Northwest Electric.
Site inspection to ensure equipment is installed in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.
Electrical system upgrade (required to power the quicker-charging Level 2 EVSE). Inland Northwest Electric will add a new dedicated circuit, with a new 40 AMP, 240 volt circuit and 8 AWG (American Wire Gauge) wiring.
Your licensed electrician from Inland Northwest Electric will install your EVSE equipment to conform to all National Electrical Code and permit requirements.
Start-up inspection performed to verify equipment is functioning properly in its operational environment.
On-site electrical consultations.
Complete EVSE information provided to customer on equipment features, correct usage, limitations, necessary maintenance and warranty terms.
OUR EV EXPERIENCE
Inland Northwest Electric has completed over 7,000 EV Installations as a network to date. Inland Northwest Electric offers a portfolio of product solutions including charging stations, circuit protection equipment that touch every part of the electric vehicle infrastructure installation process.
The humble exhaust fan doesn’t usually get the attention it deserves. Exhaust fans can make the rooms they’re in a lot more pleasant, comfortable and healthier. The fans provide necessary ventilation to areas of the house that have none. or where additional spot ventilation is needed. If you don’t have an exhaust fan in the overly humid or odorous parts of your home, or if existing fans aren’t functional, call on Inland Northwest Electric for professional exhaust fan repair or installation and a free home electrical inspection.
WHICH ROOMS IN MY HOME SHOULD HAVE AN EXHAUST FAN?
Bathroom (eliminates foggy mirrors, excess heat and limits mold growth)
Kitchen (dissipates cooking smells, grease and heat)
Garage (clears out unhealthy, even dangerous fumes that can accumulate, especially an attached garage; clears fumes from car exhaust, power lawn mower fumes; chemicals stored such as paint thinner, adhesives, etc.)
Attic (prevents attics from becoming stuffy and too warm; protects items stored there from getting get moldy, prevents wood rot on floors or furniture)
WHY DO I NEED EXHAUST FANS?
Removes excess humidity from the air (from showering or cooking, for example)
Comfort and convenience: The kitchen is easier to clean when excess grease and cooking debris are vented out with an exhaust fan and there’s less mold to clean up in the bathroom
Odor control and quick ventilation of fumes
Better indoor air quality: Clears out unhealthful fumes from the garage, along with grease, combustion debris and heat from the kitchen stove and keeps moisture-loving bacteria and mildew at bay in the bath.
Prevents condensation and limits mold growth
Prevents damage to walls and the home’s structure: Wallpaper can peel in a moist environment. Paint peels off of wooden window sills and other places in a humid room. Wood floors and furniture may become warped or require replacement (years earlier than otherwise) when exposed to moisture in the air.
Why Get Professional Installation from Inland Northwest Electric?
Proper exhaust fan installation is crucial for family and property safety. Electrical wiring and correct venting require the skills of a professional electrician. Did you know that exhaust fans must be vented to the outdoors to work properly? It’s true. Unfortunately, many fans are incorrectly vented to the attic or a nearby crawl space.When improperly installed and not vented to the outdoors, exhaust fans just send the excess airborne moisture to another area of the home to damage wood, cause mold growth, etc. If your fans aren’t clearing out moisture and odors, like they’re supposed to, improper installation may be the problem. Or you may need larger or more powerful exhaust fans.
Get Home Ventilation Issues Solved with Prompt, Reliable Electrical Service
When Inland Northwest Electric adds or replaces an exhaust fan, you may want to take the opportunity to upgrade to a multi-functional fan. Modern fans not only exhaust air, but many also include a lighting fixture and/or heating unit. If you have a bathroom (especially one without a window) or kitchen without an exhaust fan, you’ll really notice the difference after your Inland Northwest Electric professional installs your fans. If your current fans are too small, under powered or improperly vented, our electrical experts can install the right exhaust fans to solve your home ventilation problems. If you’re lacking exhaust fans or yours are in disrepair, contact Inland Northwest Electric. We will repair or install your fans properly the first time. Inland Northwest Electric is right in your neighborhood and provides a free home electrical inspection. That’s a great deal! Call Inland Northwest Electric today!
Are you looking for ways to save money on your electric bill? Are you looking to reduce your energy consumption? Do you want to be more environmentally conscious? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need a power consumption meter in your home. Experts are advising that we cut back on energy consumption wherever we can to help America become more energy independent. The first step to being energy independent is to conserve energy by cutting back energy usage. How can you cut back your energy usage if you don’t know how much energy you are consuming? With the power consumption meter you can determine exactly how much energy you are using. It is designed to read signals from your appliances to determine how much energy each one uses. It is critical to find out how much electricity each device uses. You might be surprised how much energy a particular appliance consumes. With this knowledge you can effectively reduce your power consumption, reduce your electric bill and ultimately help the environment. Every home should have a power consumption meter. Call Inland Northwest Electric to get a power consumption meter installed in your home and start saving energy and money today!
TOP DEVICES THAT MAY BE SPIKING YOUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Electric Clothes Dryer
Central Air Conditioning
Electric Space Heater
Window AC Unit
Desktop Computer Monitor
Do you know how much your appliances are spiking your electric bill? Don’t wait to find out, make an appointment with Inland Northwest Electric to find out now.
Inland Northwest Electric serves Spokane and the surrounding areas, including Spokane Valley, Mead, Colbert, Airway Heights, Nine Mile Falls, Liberty Lake, and Medical Lake. Our electricians are trained specialists who will fix any electrical problem your have in a timely manner, regardless of how small or large.
Finding The Best Spokane Electrical Contractors
Electrical contractor work isn't something you can do yourself. You may be able to change a light switch or install a ceiling fan, but when it comes to messing with a house or building's electrical work can often require licenses. Even if it doesn't, it's skilled work. Electrical work is dangerous, and only skilled and experienced electricians should do it.
That's why it's important to find the best electrical contractors in the area. No matter where you live, the basic steps are the same. They all require the same thing - research!
Finding Spokane Electrical Contractors Near You
Finding electrical contractors can be a bit tricky. It's easy enough to find a contracting company. All you have to do is head to Google and type in search terms like "Spokane electrical contractors". You'll get dozens of websites that promise to help you find that exact thing. Many of them will even be the websites of contracting companies that will be happy to do the work for you.
Unfortunately, that doesn't mean any of those websites will be useful. It's important to remember that everyone has a product to sell but not every product is worth buying. So if you want to find useful sites, start with changing your Google search.
Do you know what kind of electrical work you need? The best electrical contractors in Spokane will have people who can inspect your home or building and give you a full list of what you need. Much like getting a repair estimate for your car, you can get a work estimate for your electrical work!
That's one way you can narrow your search terms. Look for electrical contractors that offer in-house estimates. Or if you know what kind of work you need, then you can refine your search by detailing out the specifics. This will help you get the websites of companies that can do what you need.
Internet Reviews For Spokane Electrical Companies
Once you have some useful websites, it's time to narrow the search yet again! Look for as much information as you can get about the companies in question. If you know people who've hired them in the past, asking them is a good start. They can give you a good idea of the quality of the company. Maybe they had great customer service but they had to come out to repair something they'd broke. Perhaps their work was great but their service was bad.
The other place to go for reviews on Spokane electrical contractors is the internet. There are specific review sites like Yelp! that allow people to leave customer feedback. Not every company has a profile on those sites, but it's always worth the time to check. You never know what you might find.
However, you do need to be careful to read between the lines. There are many reasons a person might leave a review and many of them are dishonest. There are some companies that will hire people to write negative reviews of their competitors or positive reviews of their own company. While these reviews aren't necessarily full of lies, many of them are.
Even so, checking internet reviews is worth the time. You can find quite a bit about a company by their online presence.
Using Niche Search Sites
If you're looking for the best electrical contractors Spokane has to offer then you might go to a website that specifically finds electrical contractors or contractors in the Spokane, Washington area. There may be other niche search sites available through your local newspaper's website or another local source.
These are a great way to find information! They're the modern-day equivalent of the town message board. You can find a little bit of information about everything happening in a local area. If you have access to such a site then it should be your first choice. It's unfortunate that these sites aren't available for every situation. Still, the internet is a large place and you never know what you may find!
Checking The Spokane Area For Electrical Contractors
Do you live in one of the suburban areas around Spokane? If so, then you have an extra consideration to take into account. Do you live in the work area of the contractor? If you live on the other side of the metro area, the contracting company may not want to work for you!
You can alleviate this by being more specific in your web searches. Look for your town specifically. If that doesn't work, you might try looking for companies in specific sections of Spokane. This can help you get a better idea of what companies will work in your area.
Finding the best Spokane electrical contractors is simple. You just have to research. However, simple doesn't mean easy. It takes time and mental energy to do the research. But if you don't, you'll wish you had!