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Smart Home Upgrades

smart home jerseyTechnology has advanced so far in the means of making life more comfortable, even for the simplest of tasks. Installing smart home upgrades is one of the most significant advancements in this type of healthy living via technology. From checking the status of your refrigerator from the grocery store to having a remote control to almost anything in your house, there seems to be no limit to what smart home upgrades can do. 

Let's start with one of the more simple smart upgrades, which is tossing out your old bulbs for LED ones! Some homeowners take it a step further and have specific LED lighting fixtures installed in their home that they can have remote access to. This means not having to get out of a comfortable bed because you forgot to turn the lights off ever again. You can grab a bedside remote or even your phone and use an app to turn the lights off, all while you stay comfy in bed. This upgrade will also save you money in light bills, an investment that is well worth the upfront cost. 

Security plays a role in smart home upgrades and gives homeowners peace of mind while they're away. Light sensors that go off with movement can also be connected with cameras that have fed straight to your computer or phone. Alarms can also be set on personal devices to notify occupants of anything suspicious going on. There are also cameras explicitly made for doorbells, letting you know who's at your door before you even reach the lock. 

Smart outlets are another upgrade you can control via your phone, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device. These are set up to turn on and off household appliances (or whatever else is plugged in) from a remote location. Worst case scenario - you're on a long drive away from home, and you have that sudden panic of 'oh no did I turn the oven/iron/hair iron off?'. You can't turn around now, but you can pull over and get your phone out to turn off those outlets or make sure they're off. This is also where an in-home camera system can help as well, checking the status of inside you're home while away. 

Plugged into the smart outlets are smart appliances. One of the most revolutionary ones to come out over the past couple of years is the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth enabled refrigerators. At first, it sounds a bit silly, why would someone ever need that? But have you ever been in the grocery store only to forget practically everything you need to get? Check the status of your refrigerator shelves while walking the aisles at Publix is ideal in those moments. Another bonus to this is never standing in front of the fridge, letting out the cold air ever again. You can just hit a button on the door and instantly see the insides without ever opening it up until a decision is made. 

Smart thermostats are becoming increasingly popular as they perfectly regulate temperatures in your home and save an average of 23% on your power bill. Just like with practically all the smart home upgrades, this is something you can control from any Wi-Fi enabled device. Dads everywhere can now rejoice from a password protected thermostat that no one but dad can touch. 

These smart home upgrades and those like it genuinely make life easier. Technology is continuously advancing to make things more accessible and enjoyable in day to day life. The homes of the future are happening today!

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Time to Get Rid of Knob & Tube Wiring (K&T Wiring)

knob and tube wiringMany home upgrades are made for the sake of convenience, functionality or even personal taste. But, there’s one upgrade that serves a much higher purpose: Protecting the safety and well-being of your home and family from the dangers of knob and tube wiring.

Between the 1880s and the 1930s, the most common form of home electrical wiring was Knob and Tube. With the advent of modern advances in electrical technology, there are safer and much more efficient methods for electrical wiring. Additionally, there are many benefits to upgrading or phasing out and replacing the knob and tube wiring in every home.

The most common issue with Knob and Tube is that the insulation material that constructs the outer casing consists of rubber, which (over time) breaks down and degrades. What this means for homes with Knob and Tube wiring is that eventually, it becomes dangerous as moisture and air reaches bare, live wires. Modern wiring systems, use durable plastic insulation materials - providing lasting protection.

While the complete conversion from Knob and Tube wiring to standard modern wiring is an investment, the benefits are well worth the costs. Ask your electrician how to gradually phase out your knob and tube wiring over time for cost-effectiveness. The safety this vital replacement provides far outweighs the tragedy and cost associated with a home fire or electrocution. It will also most likely make you eligible for a significant reduction in your home insurance premium.

Do ceiling fans keep me cool and lower my electric bill?

ceiling fan coolWhile retail sales of the latest in air conditioner technologies continue to grow, many homeowners are still underestimating the value of ceiling fans even though when used correctly, they can lower the temperature of a room up to five degrees.

Here are some other fantastic benefits to the purchase and professional installation of a ceiling fan in all the rooms of your home:

  1. Ceiling fans work together with your air conditioner, helping it to run more efficiently and significantly reduce your energy bill.
  2. Ceiling fans can be installed both indoors and outdoors - in a porch or other covered area, helping to keep pesky flies and insects away while you enjoy the shade on a beautiful afternoon.
  3. Ceiling fans have been improved in recent years to become more efficient and contain up to date technology in the fan’s motors, blade design, and control. They’re also lighter than they were in years past, giving them the element of a decorative feature within a room rather than an eyesore. 

Hunter Pacific has developed an innovation in ceiling fans with their latest version of the Typhoon model, which includes molded plastic blades instead of the traditional steel or metal variety. This promotes large amounts of airflow with minimal noise. 

What is a Swidget?

swidgetAn outlet that can do it all is the goal of the makers of the Swidget. A Swidget is an outlet that has been adapted to more modern times. In fact, this invention is so modern it’s created on a future-minded basis. This ensures that this product will stand with the times and have the functionality to work alongside more developed and advanced technology.

A simple set up that is done in a snap is so easy to use. Installing the Swidget requires no hardware, but a simple snap of the insert and the consumer is ready to set it up in the room. The installation of the Swidget advances and adds to the benefits of having a smart home. Pre-existing smart home products are also compatible with the Swidget and will work synonymously with everything else coming through the product. Ideally, products such as Alexa or Google Home work perfectly with Swidget.

The Swidget can do more than  benefit an ever growing smart home, the list of its capabilities is quite long. Besides the control of the outlet itself, the Swidget’s duties are:

  • Motion Sensor
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Temperature/Humidity Sensor
  • Alexa Repeater
  • Video Camera (i.e., indoor security/nanny cams)
  • Emergency Light (in case of outages)
  • Power Monitor (notifies what is using up the most power)
  • USB Charger
  • Automatic Timer
  • Wireless Boost
  • Mood Lighting
  • Aromatherapy Insert
  • White Noise Speaker
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector

So not only does the Swidget give great technological benefits, but it also aides in home safety thanks to the Carbon Monoxide detectors.

Wiring for the Swidget is also very DIY, and their Kickstarter provides those invested with an instructional how-to video in installing their product. With a Swidget, it seems  always to have a use no matter how the technology advances. The amount of services it provides easily outweighs a possible non-competing factor it may have (though it seems that factor is yet to be discovered).

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Fuse Box Upgrade

fuse box upgrade new jerseyUnless you’re already an electrician, thinking about changing the fuse box is not often on people’s minds. That is until the power goes out and you’ve got to go hunting for a new fuse to switch it out with. If that sounds familiar to you, it may be overdue to change out your fuse box. In fact, it may be time to get rid of the fuse box altogether.

Circuit breakers are taking the place of old fuse boxes and for a very good reason. They have adapted to the change in the amount of power newer appliances, and household items can suck up. A fuse box can’t compete with most of the surge-worthy items used in an everyday setting. There’s nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of a big dinner, turning on your mixer, and suddenly you’re in the dark! Or worse, a fuse can overload itself and spark and cause a very dangerous fire that isn’t easily contained.

Besides eliminating the risk of electrical fire or being left without power, upgrading your old fuse panel allows for the possibility of homeowner’s insurance. Nowadays a home with an outdated fuse panel could easily be denied coverage because it’s a known danger and should be taken care of accordingly, otherwise, risk a fire and no coverage to help sustain your home after all is said and demolished. 

That’s a definite no-no.

Upgrading also allows you never to have to fuss over fuses ever again. Circuit breakers eliminate the need for fuses and installing fuses. Unfortunately, in some cases, the wrong size fuse in an old panel could also cause a fire, due to it not fitting correctly while in use.

The whole process seems like it could cost a pretty penny, but it is surprisingly affordable. It’s best to have a licensed professional, such as Leinster Electric, evaluate your electrical panels and determine if it’s time to upgrade your fuse box. You will be given an estimation, and you can decide from there what’s best for you and your family’s home. It’s a wonderful feeling having the piece of mind that running the microwave and a/c at the same time won’t end up in another blackout.

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Smart Home Upgrades

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Technology has advanced so far in the means of making life more comfortable, even for the simplest of tasks. Installing smart home upgrades is one of the most significant advancements in this type of healthy living via technology. From checking the status of your refrigerator from the grocery store to having a remote control to almost anything in your house, there seems to be no limit to what smart home upgrades can do. 

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Time to Get Rid of Knob & Tube Wiring (K&T Wiring)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Many home upgrades are made for the sake of convenience, functionality or even personal taste. But, there’s one upgrade that serves a much higher purpose: Protecting the safety and well-being of your home and family from the dangers of knob and tube wiring.

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