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.
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.
- 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.
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:
- Flickering lights.
- 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
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!
- 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?
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?
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!
- 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
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
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.
- Electric Furnace
- Electric Clothes Dryer
- Electric Oven
- Central Air Conditioning
- Water Heater
- Electric Space Heater
- Window AC Unit
- Waterbed Heater
- Coffee maker
- Range Burner
- Gas Furnace
- Desktop Computer Monitor
- Plasma Television
- LCD Television