As the top-rated electrician in Centreville, VA, our locally owned and operated business can help you and your family in more ways than you might think. Let’s face it, electricity makes modern life possible. If the lights go out, in the blink of an eye, you’re plunged back into what feels like the dark ages.
No phones once the batteries die, no alarm clocks, because almost nobody bothers with wind-up alarm clocks anymore, obviously no internet and of course, no heating or cooling depending on the time of year. In a word, it’s awful.
That’s why we do what we do. As the top-rated electrician in Centreville, VA, we pride ourselves in playing a key role in the process of keeping modern life running smoothly for all the clients we serve. Here are a few of the ways we can help:
Picture the scene: You’re at home in your kitchen making breakfast. Pop-Tarts in the toaster, coffee brewing, you’re getting ready for the start of another day. Then suddenly, someone in another part of the house turns on a hairdryer.
A few seconds pass, and you hear a curious popping sound, and all the lights in the kitchen and bathroom go off. Why are those two rooms even on the same circuit?
It’s annoying, and if something like that happens at your house, just know that you’re not alone. The simple truth is that the wiring schemes in most homes are a mess. That’s because needs change over time and wiring tends to get incrementally tweaked. Do that enough time and what starts out as a fairly organized system ultimately becomes a chaotic jumble.
As the top-rated electrician in Centreville, VA, that’s a problem we get called on to sort out on a regular basis, and we’d be happy to come take a look. Don’t worry, we’ll have the wiring inside your home back to making sense in no time, and there are a number of things we can do about those annoying problems at the breaker box, too.
Don’t have any issues like that at your house? You’re very lucky indeed! But maybe you’ve got an outbuilding on your property that would make an excellent workshop if it had power. We can help with that as well! Tell us what you want, and we can wire the building for whatever purpose you have in mind.
Adding a new room? You’ll definitely need outlets in the walls so you can use it once it’s finished. Tell us where you want them and how many you need, and we’ll make sure it happens.
In addition to handling a variety of basic wiring issues, we also install and maintain backup generators for some of our clients. If you haven’t considered the possibility of installing one, ask yourself what your plan is for the next power outage.
The next outage is coming. It’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of when. If you’re like most people, your plan for dealing with it falls broadly into one of three categories:
All of those can work, but all three have serious shortcomings. Let’s do a quick review:
This is fine if the outage is of very limited duration. If the lights are only out for 4-6 hours, it’s usually no big deal. Even overnight, as long as it’s just one night, and preferably on the weekend, it’s not horrible.
The problem is that outages don’t adhere to human schedules. They don’t care that you have to get up at six the next morning to make it to work on time and now, you have no alarm clock or any means of taking a hot shower or cooking your food. They just…happen.
Toughing it out is probably the worst possible solution for outages that run longer than a day. After that, life starts getting complicated very quickly.
As the top-rated electrician in Centreville, VA, we hear power outage horror stories from our clients on a regular basis. One of the most common themes is how this family member stopped talking to that one for more than a year, all because the lights went out and stayed out one time.
Benjamin Franklin once said that fish and visitors start to smell after three days. There’s truth in that, and while your friends and family will probably be happy to provide you with a place to stay in the short term if there’s an outage, the longer it grinds on, the more tense the situation is going to become with so many people more tightly packed into a living space than everyone is accustomed to.
That’s the kind of situation that has ended relationships, or at the very least, strained them considerably. Are you willing to take that chance?
On paper, this looks like a pretty good solution. You and your family get a nice comfortable, climate-controlled room, and you can stay there as long as you need to. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of room service?
As good as it sounds, there’s one big drawback. Cost. Hotels aren’t cheap, and unfortunately, in an outage, the demand for rooms goes up. When that happens, the price naturally goes up. Your ability to ride the outage out then is directly tied to how big a pile of cash you have in the bank, or how much you’re willing to put on a credit card and pay back later. One way or the other though, it’s coming out of your wallet, and it won’t be cheap.
As you can see then, none of those are great options. Fortunately, there’s another solution, and as the premier electrician in Centreville, VA, it’s a solution we’ve implemented scores of times over the years: The installation of a backup home generator.
Before you pull your wallet out and spend a bunch of money on one though, we recommend starting by performing a careful and complete home energy audit. That’s just a fancy way of saying go through your home appliance by appliance and see how much power you’re using every month and what appliances are your biggest power draws.
There’s power in having access to that kind of information.
First and foremost, once you know how much power you actually use each month, you know how big a generator you need, but there’s more than that.
If you look at your audit and identify appliances that use inordinate amounts of power, then when it’s time to retire those appliances, you can pick up much more energy-efficient replacements for them, slowly reducing your energy needs.
You can also look at the audit results and start crossing items off the list. Things that are nice to have, but aren’t essential to power during an outage. Once you’ve mentally crossed the ‘nice-to-haves’ off your list, that revised power total is the true size of the generator you need for backup power in your home.
While it’s entirely possible to conduct the home energy audit yourself, that’s another one of the services we provide, and we’d be happy to help you with it. Then, once you’ve got the audit report in front of you, we can make a recommendation about the best generator for your home. In face, we carry a full line of world-class Generac generators we can install for you and put on a preventive maintenance program. That gives you greater peace of mind because let’s face it; when the lights go out, your backup generator just has to work. Our preventive maintenance program is designed to guarantee it.
In addition to helping you keep the lights on even when there’s an outage, we’re also home automation experts and can design and implement a robust home automation system that ties all your smart appliances together. This allows you to access and control them from a single, centralized console, giving you an unprecedented level of control over your power usage and incredibly convenience, being able to power appliances off and on right from your phone, provided you’re in a location where you can get an internet signal.
If any of those sound good to you, give our office a call today and tell us what your needs are.