It’s time to think about Thanksgiving electrical usage!

While the rest of the country slowly devours the last of the Halloween candy and tries to plan the Thanksgiving guest list, the phone at York Electrical Services, your local electrician in Fort Collins has started ringing. Our customers, looking ahead at to the Thanksgiving surge of power usage, are calling to have their repairs and upgrades done now so they can maintain their electrical integrity during the holidays.

Thanksgiving is a hot time for electric usage! Consumers spend 25$ million in turkey roasting alone according to TXU, a Texas energy provider. This figure does not include the mashed potatoes, yams with the delicious marshmallows on top, or the pumpkin pies. In fact, the danger of a house fire on Thanksgiving is formidable and is the number one day for house fires in the entire year!

Similarly, Thanksgiving weekend is the time that many families put up their holiday lights. In keeping with the family tradition of not getting electrocuted Christmas Vacation style, many homeowners install GFCI and weather-protected outlets for their outdoor holiday lighting. Careful inspection of each strand also ensures that there aren’t any damaged or exposed wires.

Advance preparation for all of these activities gives a homeowner a pretty good idea of any electrical repairs that might need to be done for the holidays, but also gives them an awareness of the heavy electrical usage they will encounter. Not just from cooking and entertainment, but also from the needs of the number of guests who are invited. The lights, the number of times the front door is opened, using the dishwasher, and things like opening the refrigerator all contribute to the bill.

Most importantly, York Electrical Services would like to take this opportunity to wish you, our loyal customers and readers, a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Electrical Safety Tips for Fall

The weather is starting to get cooler, and as summer rolls into fall, York Electrical Services, your local electrician in Northern Colorado wants to remind everyone of ways they can keep their homes safe from fires!

Check your smoke detectors—you should test your smoke detectors twice a year—once in the spring, once in the fall. In addition, remember that smoke detectors are designed to last 10 years. If yours is older than that, it’s highly recommended that you install a new one.

Check carbon monoxide (CO) detectors—having a smoke detector isn’t enough anymore; if you want to keep your family totally safe, you need to also install a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and highly toxic gas that can be deadly even in small amounts and can be released by any faulty gas appliance, including furnaces and fireplaces.

Inspect your extension cords—with the holidays coming up, you’re going to want to make sure your extension cords are in good shape and not damaged or frayed. Any extension cords you’re planning on using outdoors should be weather-rated.

Protect your outdoor electrical systems—any outdoor electrical outlets should be GFCI outlets and covered by to keep the elements out.

Install arc fault circuit interrupters—Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) are designed to detect an unintended electrical arc and disconnect the power before an electrical fire can start.  They are the safest way to protect a home from the risk of electrical fire.

If you’re at all concerned with your home’s electrical safety this year, don’t take chances call John York! He can upgrade your home’s electrical in any way you need, from installing smoke detectors and adding outlets to a full panel upgrade. Don’t gamble on fire safety, call us today at 970-632-0323

 

Protection Without Exception (Part 1)

Safety is our number one priority at York Electrical Services, your trusted local electrician in Fort Collins. Since the 1960s, receptacles and circuit breakers with GFCI technology have become standard in homes to protect occupants from electric shock. Required by the NEC for outlets located in certain wet or damp locations, such as near bathroom sinks, kitchen countertops, bathtubs, and showers, GFCI receptacles monitor variations in the electrical current flowing through the line.

In instances where a person accidentally becomes part of an electrical circuit, a GFCI receptacle would immediately trip, preventing electrical current from going through a person on its way to ground. It’s a technology that can save lives.

But did you know that GFCI circuit breakers don’t have to adhere to the same safety standards that govern GFCI receptacles? Until only recently, safety standards for GFCI circuit breakers included exceptions which may allow for unprotected power to remain flowing through a circuit breaker that has reached end of life.

When this standard was adopted it assumed that GFCIs, like all consumer products, have a limited life expectancy and would eventually reach a point where they could no longer provide ground fault protection.

Call us today for a free estimate if you are unsure about your GFCI protection. Your family is our family and we are here to help and as always we look forward to doing business with you.

 

 

 

Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in beautiful Colorado the weather is always a topic of conversation. One day it is sunny and 65 while the next day’s forecast calls for you to get the snow blower ready. I am sure you can imagine what happens to electric bills when weather fluctuates that  rapidly. York Electrical Services is your trusted local electrician in Northern Colorado! Here are some tips to effectively manage your electric bill:

Seal up the house. Don’t let your money escape through your windows! It is super easy to head to the hardware store for caulk and weather-stripping to seal cracks. According to Consumer Reports, sealing leaks can reduce energy costs by 15 to 30%

Wash laundry with cold water.  Washing clothing in cold water instead of hot can save big bucks every year.

Go vintage with a crock pot. Slow cookers use less energy and won’t turn your kitchen into a sauna.

Air-dry clothing. Most people, myself included love the smell of clothes freshly dried by nice warm sunshine.

Turn on fans. Simply put, fans make a room feel cooler and can save some serious cash in the long run.

Consider your light bulbs. Replace ten 60-watt light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to save over a hundred dollars per year.

Don’t cool an empty house. If you have a programmable thermostat, use it! Also, close off rooms you aren’t occupying, as well.

Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow, causing the AC system to run longer and use more energy.

These simple steps should add up to noticeable savings and don’t require much time or money. Don’t forget to call us for all your electrical needs big or small. We look forward to doing business with you!

 

How To Improve Office Lighting

Most people don’t realize the effect light has on us, but the truth is that humans are highly photo sensitive. This explains why the lighting in your office space is proven to affect productivity and motivation. If you suspect that your office lighting is affecting performance, Call us, your local electrician in Northern Colorado for a free estimate. There are several solutions to improve poor lighting:

  • If you don’t already have energy saving lighting installed in your office, now is the time to make the change.
  • If your office has flickering fluorescent lighting, be aware that this can have severe consequences such as seizures.
  • Also, different tasks require different levels of light to ensure alertness and productivity.
  • Similarly, age and vision can affect lighting requirements, and many older people have different needs in order to work properly.
  • The color of lighting (warm or cold) is a factor that contributes to safe and healthy workplace lighting.

 

Why Do You Need to Make These Changes?

Lighting is crucial to alertness and productivity. It has the power to influence customers shopping habits and it is also a health and safety issue. If your office lighting is not up to standard, Call us today. We are honest, professional, and have a stellar reputation as preferred electricians. As always, we look forward to working with you.

 

What Exactly Does A Circuit Breaker Do?

Circuit breakers are essential for preventing fires and injuries. What does a circuit breaker do? Well, in short, these electrically-powered geniuses detect and stop excess current. They typically trip (turn off) when there is an overloaded or short circuit, cutting off current to the problem line until the issue can be safely addressed.

How Does a Circuit Breaker Work?

Your home’s electrical service panel contains a series of lever-operated circuit breakers that control protect the circuits. Each circuit breaker is designed to ‘trip,’ at already determined amp loads, which is why there are  different size breakers in the box. In order to protect your home and family against fire and electrical injury, if this limit is reached, when the breaker trips it opens the circuit and prevents the flow of current to that particular electrical line or circuit.

Most Common Reasons Circuit Breakers Trip:

  • An overloaded circuit, such as a battle between the vacuum and space heater, or your one of a kind Christmas light show.
  • short circuit, such as a wiring issue within an appliance that results in excess current being pulled.
  • ground fault, which typically occurs in high moisture. You will find these in your kitchen or bath, and is the reason GFCIs are required by current electrical code for your protection.

Where Can I Find Circuit Breakers in My Home?

Circuit breakers are found in your home’s breaker box. Breaker boxes are typically found in the garage, basement, hall, utility or storage rooms. If you’re having difficulty locating your breaker box, look for the electric meter outside your home. This is usually close to your breaker box for safety/distribution.

How to Reset A Circuit Breaker

If you lose power to an outlet or area of your home, a circuit breaker may have been tripped. Once you find your breaker box, resetting the circuit breaker is easy. Open the door to the breaker box and look for the toggles. (They look like light switches only sideways.) Most should be pointing toward the panel center, indicating the ON position. Toggles pointing away from the panel center are OFF. Toggles in an in-between position are the one(s) which have tripped. You must turn the breaker OFF before turning it ON again, or it will not reset. If it trips again right away, turn it off without resetting it, close the panel door, and call us for a free estimate.

Repeat Offender?

If your home has a circuit breaker that repeatedly trips, it is important to understand the reason why and to prevent it from happening again. Call York Electrical Services today to ensure the safety of your home and family. We look forward to becoming your trustworthy electrical choice.

 

Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone, which means all of those electrical projects you wanted to get done in 2017 are still taunting you. No need to panic, York Electrical Services, your trusted local electrician can help you start the new year off right. Whether your project is as big as a remodel or as small as an outlet, you can trust us to get the job done right. As always, estimates are free and we offer a one year warranty on all parts and labor. With guaranties like that, you can’t go wrong. Give us a call and see why we treat you right from the first contact to the final product. We hope 2018 brings you good luck and happiness. So, Happy New Year from our “family” to yours. We look forward to working with you.

End Of The Year House Project?

Are you considering a big house project before the end of the year and find yourself in need of a local electrician in Northern Colorado? When it comes to quality electrical work do yourself a favor and hire the best. At York Electrical Services we pride ourselves on quality, professional and honest work. We come with many years of experience from the administrative office to the field and will take on your project while making sure it is compliant with NEC (National Electrical Code). John York is not only the owner/operator but is personable, thorough, and a shining community example of small business done right. We give free estimates and would love the opportunity to earn your business and friendship. We also offer a one-year warranty on all parts and labor and provide military and senior discounts. Call us today to get your house project underway.

Fall is here, let us hook up your hot tub!

The leaves are turning, and the air is getting cooler by the day. That means it is Fall in Colorado. The good news is that you don’t have to let the cold air drive deep into your bones! If you are thinking of finally getting that long sought after hot tub to relax and replenish your soul, we are the local electrician in Fort Collins to call. Our electricians are clean, honest, and professional and can provide you with the advice and service to keep your new investment running all through the year. We are a family owned business and will treat you and your home with the respect it deserves. So, when it comes to professionals that care about the community we live in and quality work look no further than York Electrical Services! Call us today for a free estimate and even better conversation.