Electrician for McLean, VA Homes and Businesses

Are you 100% happy with the state of your home’s wiring? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer to that question is probably no, which means you could benefit greatly from the services of a top-notch electrician in Mclean, VA.

Honestly, the wiring in most homes – especially older ones—is a mess. Some of the wiring might not be up to code anymore, and over the years, new outlets have likely been added in piecemeal fashion, creating strange situations in some houses. This little scenario might sound familiar to you:

You’re watching TV. In another room, someone is listening to the radio. The microwave is running, and then, someone turns on a box fan. Just like that, the whole house goes dark because even though the outlets in use are all in different rooms, somehow, they’re all wired into the same circuit at the breaker box and it got overloaded.

It’s crazy, but things like that happen all the time. It’s just an outgrowth of piecemeal wiring additions over the years that create a chaotic patchwork. Fortunately, as the top-rated electrician in Mclean, VA, that’s a problem we’re well equipped to help with.

If you’re tired of dealing with that kind of chaos and unpredictability, we’ll be happy to come out and assess your situation, rewiring your home in a logical, methodical manner so that you can use the electrical appliances in your home without fear of creating mystery overloads like that.

Or, if you’re basically happy with the state of your wiring, but wish you had a couple of additional outlets in one of your high traffic rooms that’s dense with electronic devices, we’re happy to assist with that too. As the #1 electrician in Mclean, VA, it’s a service we get called on quite regularly to perform, and we can get the work done quickly and with minimal intrusion on your day.

Are you a technophile? Interested in all the latest high-tech gadgets and gizmos? If so, have you considered the possibility of home automation? If you have, that’s something else we can assist with because of course, any such automation system is going to be tied one way or another to your home’s electrical system. Why not rely on the best electrician in Mclean, VA to get some help in getting everything set up and working the way you want it?

We’ve been hearing about the promise of the wonders of home automation for decades, but until recently, the reality hasn’t lived up to the hype. There were too many technical hurdles, and what few home automation solutions were available were both terribly expensive and frustratingly buggy.

Those issues are now a thing of the past. Right now, today, using off the shelf technology, it’s entirely possible to build a robust home automation system that will allow you to control just about every light and electrical appliance in your home from a convenient, easy to use control console in the form of an app, right from your smartphone.

Just think about some of the tech that’s readily available right now. There are a variety of smart thermostats that allow you to control your heating and air conditioning equipment. Smart appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and dryers.

There are a vast number of products and attachments to existing technologies that can be tied to a Google Home or similar system, allowing you to issue voice commands to turn lights off and on, create shopping lists and have them printed out on command, and more.

Now imagine putting all of that into an easy-access central console.

It’s not just about the cool factor or the convenience of being able to turn lights off and on with a word or a flick of your finger via your smartphone, either. Those are mere perks. The real advantage…the thing that puts money in your pocket month after month when you build the system out is the ability to closely monitor not just which appliances are currently running in your home, but how much power they’re using.

That gives you a tremendous amount of power and control over the size of your power bill each month, and having a bird’s eye view into the inner workings of your home’s electrical system allows you to plan for the longer term, retiring your most power-hungry appliances as they reach the end of their useful lives in preference for more efficient models.

If that thought gets you excited, there’s more. Have you considered what happens when the lights go out? Many people haven’t, preferring to just wing it through any power outages that may occur.

That’s certainly one possible approach, but in our view, it’s far from optimal. The simple reality is that the power is going to go out. The grid is going to fail. Hopefully, when it does, the powers that be will be able to get the lights turned back on quickly, but every year, millions of Americans are left without power, often for weeks at a time on the heels of major storms or other disasters.

Modern life simply isn’t possible without electricity, and it’s not a question of if the grid will fail, it’s only a matter of when. Odds are that you’ve personally experienced at least one or two outages since you’ve lived in your home. It’s guaranteed to happen in the future.

If you want to be ready when that eventually happens, one of the best ways to be prepared is to invest in a whole home generator. It’s a significant investment, but consider the most common alternatives people pursue when faced with an outage:

  • Roughing It – This is a bad option all the way around. It’s only barely viable if the outage is short-lived, but if it continues more than two or three days, trying to shelter in place with no lights, no way to cook and no running water or flushing toilets can be a nightmare. Worse, it can be a genuine health hazard that can see you spending thousands of dollars on medical bills.
  • Camping Out With Friends And Families – While this approach might not cost you much money, it could easily ruin relationships. Friends and family mean well, but after spending a couple of weeks tripping over each other, tempers are bound to flare, and more than one relationship has been ruined by nothing more than an extended power outage. It’s not something most people want to risk.
  • Camping Out In A Hotel – This is probably the best and most comfortable option but it can get expensive in a hurry, helped along by the fact that during an outage, most hotels in the area around the impacted area tend to raise their prices. Why spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on a short term solution when you can buy a whole home generator that will allow you to carry on largely without missing a beat when the lights go out?

If it’s something you’re interested in pursuing, we don’t recommend just rushing out and buying something though. The first step would be to conduct a home energy audit so you can gain a better understanding of how much power you’re using month to month and what the major components of your monthly power draw are.

That’s something you can do on your own, or, if you’d rather have help, as the #1 electrician in Mclean, VA, it’s something we’re happy to assist with.

Either way, once you know how much energy you use, you can start making smart decisions about what specific appliances you’ll want to power in the event of an outage. Armed with that information, you’re well-positioned to start shopping for a generator that will best meet your needs.

If you’d like a hand with that aspect as well, we carry a full line of world-class Generac generators and would be happy to make a professional recommendation about which one is right for your home, based on the results of your energy audit.

If you opt to go that route, we’ll not only install it and train you on its use, but we can also put you on a preventive maintenance contract so you’ll never have to worry about it being ready to use when the lights go out. It will just work when you need it, giving you tremendous peace of mind.

Whatever your needs are where your home’s electrical system is concerned, we’ve got you covered. Give our office a call today. You’ll be very glad you did.