08 Sep 2017

What Are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)?

Ground fault circuit interrupters — or GFCIs — are best thought of as miniature circuit breakers. They take the place of traditional outlets and are made to shut off power in the event of current irregularities, such as moisture getting into an outlet or skin contact at the point of connection. They are designed so that if they detect an irregularity in current, they can ensure that no shorting or physical damage occurs.

How & Where We Recommend Installing GFCIs

Because water is so conductive to electricity, the number one place you should install a GFCI is in any high-moisture area. These include:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Crawlspaces
  • Outdoor Outlets
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Utility Rooms
  • Boathouses

You should also consider installing GFCIs in places where outlets receive more interaction. Places like workshops where people frequently plug things in are given an added benefit by having the safety of a GFCI available. Installing a GFCI is as easy as installing a standard power outlet. All the hardware the system needs to perform as specified is included in the body of the device. You just need to turn off the power, wire it in, secure it, and you’re good to go.

The Dangers of Not Having Working GFCIs

While traditional outlets do a great job of providing power to your devices, they don’t come with any added safety net. Adding GFCIs to your space keeps both your health and your electrical system safe against issues. For instance, if you have wet hands and touch a metal connector while it’s still halfway in your outlet, you could wind up getting seriously shocked. Because of the way GFCIs are designed, they can detect the difference in power levels instantly and shut off within milliseconds, keeping you safe. This same logic applies to water getting into outlets — a situation that would normally result in a short.

How to Test Your GFCIs

Every GFCI has two buttons on its face. One is for resetting it, and the other is for testing it. The test button is designed to simulate what would happen if the GFCI came into contact with bad voltage. If the GFCI is functioning properly, the connections will all cut off immediately. You can check with a voltage meter or a multimeter to make sure that the power is cut. If the power keeps flowing, it indicates that your GFCI isn’t working and needs to be replaced.

How to Install New GFCIs or Replace Old Ones

Installing a GFCI is as easy as installing a traditional power outlet. Just turn off the power, remove the old outlet, wire the GFCI, and screw it in. If you want to easily replace all of your outlets with safer GFCI options or have an area in mind that you’d like to update to be safer, consider using CMC Electric. We provide professional, friendly electrical service to Raleigh, Clayton, and Wilmington, NC. We can tackle all of your GFCI needs. If you’re interested, simply request service from us now to get started.

25 Aug 2017

Increase Home Value with 4 Electrical Projects

Are you thinking about selling your home? Getting your house ready to put on the market is a huge undertaking. To start, you have to make sure everything is in good working condition and presentable. On top of that, you have to consider home improvement to further increase the value it’ll fetch on the market. It can be hard to know exactly what to do to get the most return on your investment, but with these simple suggestions from CMC Electric, you can increase the appeal of your home easily.

Additions Generate Interest

While it can be hard to know exactly what to install in your home to get the best results, there are some good general rules follow. The most important among them is to be aware of current trends in the housing market.

Be aware that you are much more likely to entice any potential buyers if you add functionality to the home before the sale, That will make it feel modern and save the buyer on energy costs in the future, which is a big selling point. Some easy ways to help reduce energy costs are adding ceiling fans, dimmer switches, new thermostats, and new appliances.

Adding Ceiling fans

Adding ceiling fans to your home adds value in several ways. Firstly, having a fan can dramatically cut down on energy costs. Because fans circulate air around you, you’re not as likely to turn on the air conditioning as soon as it gets too warm or too cold for you. They also add a decorative element to whatever room you put them in, accenting the space.

Adding Dimmer Switches

While traditional light switches don’t make an impression on a potential buyer, dimmer switches can be a compelling reason to choose a home. Dimmer switches are easy to install and add a layer of versatility to any home. Being able to adjust the lighting level helps sell that your house provides multiple layers of comfort.

Updating Your Thermostat

Older thermostats waste energy because they’re set to either be on or off. It’s too easy to forget to turn your thermostat off in your morning rush. Newer thermostats offer options for custom scheduling so that you aren’t wasting energy keeping your home at a certain temperature when nobody’s there. There are several different options to play with. For an added bonus, consider a smart thermostat. Options like Nest and Ecobee thermostats are easy to set up and compatible with most software to give users the most options.

Updating Your Appliances

One of the easiest upgrades for your house is to update your old appliances. When buyers see modern appliances in your house, it adds an extra incentive for them to choose your property over the competition.

Don’t settle for DIY installation

If you’re planning on selling your home, you’re already on a tight deadline as it is. Taking the time to set up new electrical components in your home eats up time you might not have. That’s why you should choose the electrical experts at CMC Electric to install it for you. With our quick, reliable, and friendly service, we’ll help get your home equipped to sell in no time.

Get Started Today

Want help getting your house ready to sell with CMC Electric? Contact us today to see what a difference the right electrician makes.

15 Aug 2017

Why Ceiling Fan Installation Is Not a DIY Job

Ceiling fans are a great way to add style and function to your home. They provide extra light, airflow, and atmosphere to any room as soon as they’re installed. The only problem is that installing them by yourself often presents a serious challenge. When you install your next fan with CMC Electric, you can relax while we do the hard work.

Advantages of Installing a Ceiling Fan

Because they come in so many shapes, sizes, and styles ceiling fans offer a wide range of versatility to your home. In addition to simply directing airflow, ceiling fans offer the following to your home:

  • Lower Energy Costs – Direct airflow makes you feel cooler without using air conditioning. That means you won’t have to use as much power to stay comfortable.
  • The More You Have, the More You Save – While one fan can help cool down a single room, you still might require air conditioning in rooms without fans. But when you have multiple fans in your home, it can further reduce energy costs.
  • Increased Style – Ceiling fans come in a large number of styles to add an extra layer of personality to your home. Through choices like fan blade shape and wood or metal finish, your fan can truly make a statement.
  • Enhance Any Room – With a perfect combination of added light, decorative shape, and increased airflow, a ceiling fan is a simple way to bring any room together.
  • Year-Round Versatility – Fans make your home more comfortable no matter what time of the year it is. It’s not as well-known, but all fans have a reverse setting that lets them pull down warm air during the colder months.

Installing a Ceiling Fan Alone Is Hard

When you decide to install a ceiling fan by yourself, you’re taking on a very difficult project. Installing it alone is so much harder because:

  • You’re Working Against Gravity – Because fan installation requires attaching a fan to the ceiling, the entire time you’re trying to install it, you risk dropping it.
  • Balancing Act – Ceiling fans are big and awkward to hold onto while installing. Couple this with the fact that you’re already on a ladder and trying to manage wiring your fan, and you’ve got a disaster waiting to happen.
  • Falling Risk – Because you’re trying to balance so many things at once, you’re at a much greater risk of falling if anything goes wrong.
  • Wiring and Electrical Danger – If you haven’t wired anything before, it can be tricky — especially while you’re trying to keep yourself balanced.

Don’t Take on the Task Alone

Installing your ceiling fan alone poses several risks. That’s why getting your fan installed by a professional is a good idea. A professional installation lets you sit back and relax while an experienced professional does the hard work for you. Choosing the right installer can shave hours off of your installation time and ensure your fan gets installed right the first time.

Choose CMC Electric for Quality Installation

At CMC Electric, we believe that you shouldn’t have to struggle in order to experience the benefits of a ceiling fan. When you contact us for your fan installation, we’ll come up with a plan to meet your specific needs. After that, our fast, friendly expert electrician team will arrive at your home at the designated time and get your fan or fans installed the right way, fast.

Get Started Today

Interested in getting help with your ceiling fan installation? Contact us today to see what a difference the right electrician makes.