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Your Options for Hiring an Electrician in Genesee County

electrician flushing mi grand blanc miIn a county with more than 400,000 residents like Genesee County, it makes sense that there would be multiple service providers in many of the service industries. Electricians are no exception. We recognize that we aren’t the only electrician serving Flint, Flushing, and Grand Blanc. There are others in the area that you could choose to call, including the well-known national chain electricians and other independently owned and operated electricians. But here’s why Electrician Express should be your first call when you need emergency electrical repairs in Genesee County, or any other electrical work done at your home or business. Continue reading “Your Options for Hiring an Electrician in Genesee County” »

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” »

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.

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” »

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” »

Hiring an Electrician to Add Modern Touches to Your Genesee County Home

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Whether you are getting your house ready to sell, or you want to add more modern features to your home to enhance your lifestyle, calling in a professional electrician, like those at Electrician Express in Flushing, can make things much easier. Below are some of the projects we can help Genesee County homeowners with so they can take advantage of some of the latest home improvement technology. Continue reading “Hiring an Electrician to Add Modern Touches to Your Genesee County Home” »

Experienced Electricians for Homes in Genesee County with Knob and Tube Wiring

flint-mi-electricianKnob and tube wiring, sometimes called simply K & T wiring, is common to find in older homes built from 1890-1930. Even some homes in Flint, Flushing, and Grand Blanc, built in the 1940s or 1950s, contain knob and tube wiring, though it not as common. If your Genesee County home has knob and tube wiring, and you haven’t yet replaced it, we wanted to give you some information that can help you make an informed decision about whether you should leave it, consider rewiring your home, or do something in between. Continue reading “Experienced Electricians for Homes in Genesee County with Knob and Tube Wiring” »

Residential Electrical Safety Inspections for Genesee County Homeowners

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If you’re like most people, you don’t think about having an electrical safety inspection on your home, and you only call in an electrician if you have a problem or are remodeling your home. But as professional electricians, we recommend that you have your house inspected periodically for potential fire hazards by calling in an electrician for a residential electrical safety inspection.

According to the National Fire Data Center, electrical malfunction is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States and is also responsible for almost a billion dollars in property damage annually. Given these statistics, it is wise for homeowners to have their home inspected if they haven’t done so in more than five years. If you are a landlord, a good time to have an electrical safety inspection done is when you are in between tenants. That way, you can make any needed repairs without disturbing the occupants, and you can also assure the next tenants that the house is safe from any electrical hazards. Continue reading “Residential Electrical Safety Inspections for Genesee County Homeowners” »

National Electrical Safety Month Aims to Education Homeowners on Proper Extension Cord Use

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If you are like most Genesee County homeowners, you use extension cords for a variety of electrical needs and probably don’t think much about it. But every year, approximately 3,300 home fires originate with the extension cords, resulting in more than 50 deaths and 270 injuries.

This year’s edition of Electrical Safety Illustrated, put out by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) during National Electrical Safety Month (which is this month) cautions homeowners about the dangers of using extension cords improperly or for unintended purposes. Continue reading “National Electrical Safety Month Aims to Education Homeowners on Proper Extension Cord Use” »