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What Type of Backup Generator You Should Choose for Your Home, According to a Grand Blanc Electrician

grand blanc electrician backup generatorsIs your home prepared for a power outage? A short-term power outage can be very inconvenient, but a long power outage can be dangerous if it happens during the freezing cold winter months. Continue reading “What Type of Backup Generator You Should Choose for Your Home, According to a Grand Blanc Electrician” »

Say Good-Bye to Outdoor Extension Cords with Help from a Flint Electrician

flint mi electrician outdoor outletsIf you’re someone who hangs Christmas lights during the holidays, you’ve probably already completed the task for this year. Like most people, you likely ran an extension cord from one of your outdoor outlets up the side of your house, to the edge of your roof where you began hanging your lights. Maybe you even used multiple extension cords to get the job done. What if, next Christmas, you were able to forego the extension cords, and plug your lights in at a more convenient location? Continue reading “Say Good-Bye to Outdoor Extension Cords with Help from a Flint Electrician” »

3 Inexpensive Electrical Upgrades that Will Modernize Your Genesee County Home

Buying an older home can come with a lot of a lot of great perks. They are often solidly built and have that desirable “character” that so many newer homes lack. But along with that character, you will also usually get a home without the modern features that are found in new homes. Fortunately, many of these features can be added, and some of them can be added for a relatively inexpensive cost by a Genesee County electrician, like the ones at Electrician Express in Flushing.

Electrical Outlets with USB Functionality

Recently, in new homes, we’ve been seeing USB wall outlets installed as a standard feature. And it’s no wonder—with an average of five devices per U.S. household, people need places to plug in all of those devices! If you live in a household with multiple devices that need regular charging, you might want to consider installing USB wall outlets.

A great place to put these types of outlets is by your bedroom nightstand. That way, you can leave your lamp/alarm clock/electric blanket/etc. plugged in and still charge your phone or tablet nearby. We don’t, however, recommend installing them in areas where water is typically present (like kitchens or bathrooms), as USB outlets do not have the built-in GFI functionality that is necessary in these areas.

Changing out standard outlets for outlets with USB functionality in older homes usually involves also changing out your home’s junction boxes, since USB wall plates are larger on the back end and won’t fit in most older junction boxes.

Dimmable Light Switches

Nothing does more to make a home feel “homey” than good lighting. Changing out your standard light switches for dimmable switches gives you more control over the amount of light you let into a room and allows you to change the light intensity, depending on the mood you want to set. If you are a DIYer, this is a project you could probably tackle on your own (just please use appropriate caution!), but if you’d rather leave it to the experts, one of our Genesee County electricians would be happy to install dimmer switches for you in any or all rooms in your home.

LED Motion Lighting

Motion lighting for your home comes with several benefits, the most important being safety. Not only can motion lights keep you from falling or running into things when it’s dark out, but they can also be a deterrent to intruders, as criminals are less likely to target a home that is well lit.

Motion lighting is not just for the outdoors, either. You might also want to consider installing lights with motion sensors in your garage, basement, or any room you commonly enter with your hands full. This will greatly reduce the possibility of trip-and-fall accidents, and will be more convenient.

LED motion lighting is also good for you budget. Everyone knows that LED lights save you money over incandescent bulbs, but lights that turn off automatically when no one is in the area can also save you a good amount of money on your electric bill.

Contact a Professional Genesee County Electrician

If any of these home electrical upgrades sound like something you might be interested in, contact us at Electrician Express. We would be happy to come to your home and give you a quote on these upgrades or any other electrical work you need done.

Electrician Serving Flushing, Grand Blanc, Flint, and Pontiac in Emergency Situations

emergency electrician grand blancHaving been in the electrical repair business in Genesee County for as long as we have, we recognize that electrical emergencies don’t always happen on weekdays, between the hours of 9 and 5. They can happen at any time, including on weekends, on holidays, or even in the middle of the night. And given the nature of electrical emergencies, you don’t want to wait a long time for an electrician to come to your home or place of business to fix the problem. Continue reading “Electrician Serving Flushing, Grand Blanc, Flint, and Pontiac in Emergency Situations” »

Diagnosing Complex Electrical Problems for our Genesee County Customers

electrician genesee county flint miAfter more than 32 years of experience as electricians, we have pretty much seen it all when it comes to electrical work. As many of our customers will tell you, we are experts at troubleshooting and diagnosing complex electrical problems in homes and commercial buildings. With our combination of formal electrical training and “real world” experience, our electricians know when to repair, and when replacement is necessary to provide our customers with safe electrical systems with optimal functionality. Continue reading “Diagnosing Complex Electrical Problems for our Genesee County Customers” »

If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to Electrical Concerns Too

genesee county electricianYou may have heard the phrase, “If you see something, say something!” It is usually in reference to reporting suspicious people or activities to the proper authorities, even if you think it may be “nothing.” But as electricians, we think this phrase could apply just as well to electrical concerns. Of course, if you see a possible electrical hazard in your own home or place of business, you will likely have it taken care of, but what about if you are renting a home or working in an office space owned by someone else and see something you think might be a fire hazard? If you see something, say something! Continue reading “If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to Electrical Concerns Too” »

National Electrical Safety Month 2017 Focuses on Preventing Shock and Electrocution

electrical safety month 2017Every year in May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) commemorates National Electrical Safety Month by conducting an educational campaign designed to reduce the number of electrical accidents that result in injury, death, and property loss. As part of the campaign, ESFI puts out resources to educate and increase awareness about issues related to electrical safety. This year’s resources cover multiple topics from electric shock drowning (ESD) to changes in the National Electrical Code, but we wanted to highlight a few of the topics that are most relevant to our customers in Genesee County. Continue reading “National Electrical Safety Month 2017 Focuses on Preventing Shock and Electrocution” »

Preparing for Future Power Outages: Backup Generators from Your Genesee County Electrician

genesee county mi wind storm power outage electricianLast month, Michigan experienced one of the worst windstorms in recent memory. When all was said and done, more than 850,000 people were without power, with Genesee County being one of the most impacted counties in Michigan. In a press briefing, the governor of Michigan called the storm “the largest combined statewide event in history.” Many residents were forced to find refuge in warming shelters as temperatures dropped. Continue reading “Preparing for Future Power Outages: Backup Generators from Your Genesee County Electrician” »

Three-Way Switches: A Convenient Electrical Solution for Both Home and Office

genesee county electricianAdding three-way switches to your Genesee County home is one of those electrical upgrades that you may have never considered. If you’ve never had one, you may not know what you’re missing, but they can really make a difference in your home.

Take a quick mental walkthrough of your home. Are there any rooms where the light switch is in an awkward place? Are there any places where you have to walk across a dark room, down a hallway, or up the stairs before you can turn on your lights? If you answered “yes,” then your home is the perfect candidate for a three-way switch. Continue reading “Three-Way Switches: A Convenient Electrical Solution for Both Home and Office” »

The Electrician Express Experience: Testimonials from our Genesee County Customers

genesee county electricianAt Electrician Express, we place a high priority on customer service and customer satisfaction. We work hard to meet our customers’ needs, and do so with honesty and professionalism. We want our company’s name to be one that is respected in Genesee County and known for providing excellent electrical service at a fair price. Continue reading “The Electrician Express Experience: Testimonials from our Genesee County Customers” »