Do you have a plan in place for the next time the power goes out? You know it’s going to happen, right? It’s just a question of how long before the next bad storm or accident. When it does inevitably happen, you will be thrust back in time more than a century. No phone. No internet. No lights, and of course, no hot showers or any means of cooking your food unless you’ve planned well ahead. Unfortunately, most people haven’t.
If it’s something you’re worried about, as the best electrician in Manassas, VA, we’re uniquely positioned to help with that because we can recommend and install a right-sized generator that fits perfectly with your power needs but hold on. Even if that sounds fantastic to you, there’s a process we recommend you go through before you break out the credit card or tap into savings to make the purchase.
The very first thing we recommend is that you perform a thorough home energy audit. That’s just a fancy way of saying go through your house, room by room and appliance by appliance and track how much power you’re using on any given month.
By drilling down to the individual appliance, you’ll get granular data that will help you identify the biggest individual drivers of your monthly power bill. That matters for a couple of reasons. First, if the biggest contributors to your monthly power bill are older appliances, then you can begin making plans to replace them with higher efficiency models, which will reduce your draw.
Second, you can start making strategic decisions about whether or not you’d need to power that particular appliance in the event of an outage. That matters because the less power you need to generate during an outage, the smaller your generator needs to be, and the less money you’ll have to spend upfront.
You can find detailed instructions on how to go about performing the audit, but if you’d rather have us assist, we’re happy to help. As the top-rated electrician in Manassas, VA, it’s something we get called upon to do on a regular basis, and we can make short work of it, putting it in your hands in short order so you can start on the analysis and strategic planning.
Once the audit is complete, we’ll be in a good position to recommend a specific generator. If you were to go out and buy something before you completed the home energy audit step, you might get lucky and get something big enough to meet your needs, but there’s no way of knowing. It’s basically just a shot in the dark.
More than likely, you’d wind up with something too small, which is almost as bad as not having a generator at all, because you won’t be able to power everything you need, or it will be too big, meaning that you wildly overspent on generating capacity. Neither of those are good things, but again, as the best electrician in Manassas, VA, we can make a sensible, practical recommendation that will see you getting a perfectly sized generator, given your specific needs.
In fact, we carry a full line of amazing Generac generators, and if you buy one from us, we can install it for you, instruct you on its use, and even put it on a preventive maintenance program which will give you and your family greater peace of mind. After all, when the lights go out, your backup generator just needs to work. Every time and without fail. We can help make sure that happens.
Of course, as the top-rated electrician in Manassas, VA, we do a lot more than help get your family through the next outage. If you add a new room to your home and need it wired, we’ve got you covered. If you have an outbuilding on your property that doesn’t have electricity run to it yet, but you’d like to power it so you can turn it into a proper workshop, just tell us what your needs are, and we’ll make it happen.
Also, you’ve almost certainly had something like this happen: You’re in the bathroom getting ready for work. You’ve got the lights on, the fan, maybe picked up the electric razor or hair dryer, and someone in the kitchen pops something in the microwave.
All of a sudden, the lights go out all over the house, and you’ve got to turn everything off, then go flip the switch at the breaker box and try to get through the rest of the morning without tripping the breaker again.
That happens a lot, especially in older homes, because the simple truth is that the wiring in most older homes is a chaotic tangle. Changes to the wiring are made incrementally, over time, and after a couple of decades, you wind up with situations just like the one described above.
As the #1 electrician in Manassas, VA, we see things like that all the time, and we’re happy to help make the wiring in your home make sense again.
Another thing you may want to consider is home automation. That’s something you’ve probably been reading, or at least hearing about for a couple of decades now. You probably grew up with the thought of a fully automated home in the back of your mind. Remember watching episodes of ‘The Jetsons’ as a kid? That was the promise, but unfortunately, it took a lot longer to realize than anybody ever imagined.
These days, we’re actually pretty close to being able to replicate a Jetson’s lifestyle though, and as home automation specialists, we can help get you there.
You’ve got a staggering number of choices where smart appliances are concerned these days, from thermostats that control your heating and air conditioning equipment to refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and more.
We can connect all your smart appliances to a single app on your phone, which will serve as a control panel, giving you an unprecedented level of information and control.
Almost everyone has gone on a business trip or vacation and halfway to your destination, you have a moment of stark panic, wondering if you forgot to turn a key appliance off. With our system up and running, you won’t have to wonder – you’ll be able to log into the app and check. Even better, if you really did forget to turn something off, you can power it down right from the app.
That’s handy in more instances than just warding against forgetfulness too.
If you’re away during the winter months, you can warm the house back up by turning the heat on as you draw closer to your driveway. You can turn the porch light on. If you have smart locks on your front door, you can even unlock the door as you’re heading up the sidewalk, allowing you to walk right in without having to fumble for your keys.
The home automation console is also the perfect place to keep a close watch on your personal power consumption, allowing you to spot problems that could create dramatic spikes in your monthly power bill. By spotting them early, you can make mid-month course corrections and keep your total consumption where you want it.
The bottom line is that a good electrician can do a lot more for you than simply add a new outlet to the wall in one of the rooms in your house. That’s obviously important, but it’s just a small part of what we do.
If you have any problems with your home’s electrical system, or if you’re interested in going green and/or building a robust backup system to see you through the next outage, or if you have any interest at all in the wonders and convenience of home automation, just give us a call.
Since the day we first opened our doors, we’ve built our reputation by exceeding the expectations of every customer we work with. We’d love to add you to our growing family and have the opportunity to exceed your expectations as well. Give our office a call today. You’ll be very glad you did.