Gold Shield Services Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Now Is the Perfect Time for a Ceiling Fan Installation

Monday, March 21st, 2022

We’ve all got that certain room in our house that we wish more people would spend time in, but it just gets too hot during the summer or too cold during the winter. Whether it’s a game room, a trophy room, or maybe just a media room where you’d like to watch movies with your friends and family. The real problem is that if a room isn’t comfortable, people just won’t spend time in it.

Ceiling fans are incredibly energy-efficient ways of keeping a room more comfortable. For just pennies on the dollar, a ceiling fan can raise the temperature a few degrees with convection during the winter, or lower the temperature a few degrees by creating a breeze in the summer. While temperatures are mild now, we urge homeowners to purchase a ceiling fan and get it installed by our trained electricians in Crystal Lake, IL.

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How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

Monday, March 7th, 2022

You’ve seen the ads and the news articles about these new electric vehicles, and you’re in good company. These incredibly efficient vehicles are the way of the future for sure, and for homeowners willing to invest in them, you could see a huge difference in the fuel consumption of your home. However, it’s not as simple as just buying the vehicle and driving it like a normal car. You need to work with a trained, professional electrician in Algonquin, IL to set up a home charging station and make sure your home’s energy grid is ready for it.

There’s more to it than that, but we’d like to start off with the basics. Down below, we’re going to cover everything you need to know when investing in an electric vehicle. We’ll talk about the permits you need, the charging station installation, and more. Just make sure that you call our team for support. We can handle it all!

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It’s Time to Ground Your Outlets

Monday, February 7th, 2022

Your home is your space, and we’re huge proponents of letting homeowners do what they want. After all, what’s the point of buying and investing in a home if you can’t do what you want inside of it? When it comes to the work that electricians in Cary, IL perform, sometimes there are safety precautions we advise homeowners to take so they can go on living the way they want.

Outlets are becoming more and more prevalent, as we use double the amount of electrical devices that we had twenty years ago. Regardless of how you want to use the space in your home, we’re urging more and more homeowners to start grounding their outlets to protect their devices, themselves, and their homes.

Today, let’s talk about a few reasons why you might want to start grounding your outlets or upgrading certain outlets to GFCI ones.

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A New Homeowner’s Guide to Electrical Work

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Congratulations! To have bought a home in this economic climate is really an achievement to be proud of, so first of all, we’d like to say well done. Secondly, we want to personally welcome you to the neighborhood and reassure you that our team is always available to start new partnerships with residential customers throughout the area. You don’t even have to read the rest of this blog if you have an electrical concern, you can just call our team and we’ll be there to help!

However, as a new homeowner who now has a lot of electrical concerns to consider, we do recommend you read this blog. We’ll talk about what type of electrical work you can do yourself, and what is going to require a professional electrician in Algonquin, IL.

We’ll leave you with a hint: if you’re trying to save money in the long run and keep your home safe, then professional service is always a good choice.

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Is Your Fuse Box in Need of an Upgrade

Monday, December 27th, 2021

We know the term “fuse box” is sometimes used colloquially to refer to both a fuse box as well as an electrical panel, but in this case, the difference is a big one. Fuse boxes are what most homes used to be installed with: they were actual boxes with large fuses placed inside them to provide a home with electrical power. Now, we use electrical panel systems that don’t exactly work or look the same way that old fuse boxes did.

So, the answer to your question is yes, if you have a fuse box in your home, then it’s in need of an upgrade. However, even if you’ve got an old electrical panel that you call the “fuse box,” you still might need an upgrade. Our team of licensed electricians in Palatine, IL can help you sort out what needs to be done and what you can skip.

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Why GFCI Outlets Are Important

Monday, November 1st, 2021

We could talk all day about how great it is to have grounded outlets throughout your entire home. The truth is that this might not be enough to truly convince homeowners they need to spend their money on such an improvement. Let’s be honest, you’ve probably got a ton of home improvement projects that might require immediate attention, so why should your outlets move up to the front of the list?

Well, to put it bluntly, not replacing certain outlets in your home with GFCI protected ones could cost you down the line. Also, avoiding this kind of work can lead to a safety issue as well. Grounded outlets are a vital part of home safety and efficiency, and today we’re going to show you just how important they are.

The team at Gold Shield Services can get you the help you need. Our electricians in Algonquin, IL are pros at GFCI outlet installation.

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3 Reasons to Replace Your Home’s Knob and Tube Wiring

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

We love old homes. There’s just something so magical about a home built at the turn of the century that has been fixed up and renovated to fit our modern needs. Old homes have character, and if you’ve got an older home then we think it’s something to be proud of! They take a lot of work to maintain, but we always find that it’s worth every penny.

One problem we get called a lot for in older homes is knob and tube wiring. We’re certified electricians in Palatine, IL, which means we’re more than capable of removing your home’s knob and tube wiring as you modernize the electrical system. However, if you’re finding yourself asking the question “what’s wrong with knob and tube wiring, can’t I keep it?”, then you’re in the right place.

Here are three quick reasons why you might want your knob and tube wiring replaced in your older home.

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Electrical FAQ: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

Monday, September 20th, 2021

You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!

All movie references aside, this can be a tricky question to ask. When on a tight budget and looking to make some necessary improvements or repairs for your home’s electrical system, DIY work can feel like an easy way out. And while nobody will ever force you to call for professional electricians in Crystal Lake, IL, perhaps we’ll show you with our words why DIY work is such a gamble.

Let’s go over a few frequently asked questions we commonly get from homeowners looking to save money and cut corners on their home electrical work. We’ll talk about why these can be bad ideas, what might be a good idea, and why calling for a professional is usually the best idea.

Our team is available and has all the necessary equipment to perform electrical services in your home right now. Don’t hesitate to call us.

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