June, 2016

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Reduce Energy Costs with Whole House Fans

Tired of high energy bills in the summer? Trying installing a whole house fan to combat the cost of constantly running the air conditioner. A whole house fan pulls air in from open windows and exhausts it through the attic and roof.
The whole house fan should provide 30 to 60 air changes per hour, depending on climate, and floor plan. Calculating the size of fan a house will need starts with the volume of the house measured in cubic feet. To calculate this, multiply the square footage of the area to be cooled by the height from floor to ceiling. Take the volume and multiply by 30-60 air changes per hours, then divide by 60.
It’s best to leave the installation to a professional electrician because of the wiring and possible addition of vents in the attic. They can also help take the measurements to make sure everything is the proper size.
Often, the duct work of the central heating and cooling can be altered to work with the whole house fan. This will create ventilation throughout the entire house. This can replace the need to put additional vents in the attic.
Eco Electric can help measure the area and find the right option for the home. Give them a call for more information about whole house fans and reducing the energy bill.

Aluminum Wiring Problems

For homeowners with homes built between the mid 1960’s and late 1970’s, aluminum wiring is a concern. It’s not the wiring in particular, but the electrical problems it can cause when it is connected to light switches and other items.

Having aluminum wiring that is attached to receptacles increases the risk of a fire. But there are ways to reduce or eliminate the risk of this happening.

One of the more common solutions is doing pigtail repair. It involves attaching copper wire to the aluminum wire. It is relatively inexpensive, but requires special knowledge of the process and materials. It’s best to contact an electrician and have them execute the repair.

Retrofitting the connections is another alternative. Standard electrical outlets and light switches aren’t compatible with aluminum wiring, therefore replacement devices and connectors are used to fix this problem. It is also relatively inexpensive and easy.

Lastly, the most drastic solution is rewiring the house. This usually only makes sense if homeowners are renovating the home. It’s usually pretty expensive and can take some time.

If homeowners discover aluminum wiring in their home, or are worried it might be present, give Eco Electric a call. They can help fix the issues associated with aluminum wiring and give homeowners some peace of mind.