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Why You Need Experts for Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector Installation

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Smoke detectors have been a mandatory fixture in homes and businesses for many years, but the legislation of carbon monoxide detectors is fairly recent. Since 2007, all Illinois homes have been required to keep a carbon monoxide detector within 15 feet of any room that a person sleeps in, as long as those homes burn fuel for heating or hot water. If you don’t currently have a smoke detector or carbon monoxide alarm in the home, or if you’re feeling uneasy about the condition of your existing system, count on a licensed electrician for installation or service.

The people at Service King Plumbing & HVAC can make sure that your new carbon monoxide and smoke detectors work properly. Call us for electrical services in Arlington Heights, IL today.

Why Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors are Necessary

Of course, smoke detectors alert you when there is a potential fire in the home. Smoke fills the unit and blocks a sensor, which then triggers an alarm to sound to keep you and your family members safe. A carbon monoxide detector is necessary in any home where a fuel-burning appliance is in use. This includes most water heaters and heating equipment. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills over 400 people in the United States each year and lands over 20,000 more in the hospital. Do not take this risk with your family’s health.

Reasons to Schedule Professional Service

It may seem as though you can simply mount the detector on the wall and then it will do the work. But these types of systems usually work better when they are wired into the wall directly. This way, you have a battery backup as additional support in the case of a power outage, not as your primary form of power. Professionals also have the experience to test your new smoke and carbon monoxide detector to make sure that everything is working properly.

We provide quality electrical work in Arlington Heights, IL. Contact the professional electricians at Service King Plumbing & HVAC today. We install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as surge protection, wiring services, and more. Always choose an electrician for electrical installation and repair for your safety and convenience.

Why You Should Install GFCI Outlets

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

When it comes to the electrical components of your home, you’ll do everything you can to protect yourself and your family. One of the best ways to do this is by installing GCFI outlets in various areas of your home. GFCI outlets help prevent electrical shocks and are recommended or required for use in parts of your home that use a lot of water, such as the kitchen or bathroom. However, many technicians recommend them in more areas to keep everyone safe from harm. Learn more about GFCI outlets in this guide.

What Is a GFCI Outlet?

GFCI outlets help protect your family members from electrical shock. You may recognize these outlets because they are commonly found in kitchens. They look much like normal outlets except for a key visual difference, the “test” and “reset” buttons. With any modern electrical outlet there are three slots. The round one at the bottom is known as the “ground,” the larger left is “neutral” and the right one is called “hot.” Usually, when a plug is working as it should, electricity flows from hot to neutral.

When something interrupts the current, it increases the chances of electrical shock. For example, water may interfere with the normal flow of electricity. If you are holding a hair dryer and it gets wet for any reason, the current may suddenly flow from hot to you. This could be extremely dangerous. However, a GFCI outlet senses any change in the flow of electricity almost immediately and shuts off the breaker as soon as possible. You should test the reset button every month to ensure it is still working properly.

Choosing Professionals for Installation

When you need GFCI installation, be sure to only leave the job up to electricians who can ensure safe installation and that have protection in areas that you may not have thought of, such as outdoors or in a laundry room. Many of today’s homes have GFCI outlets throughout as an added safety feature. This is a good idea for homeowners with small children. In any case, building codes often require these outlets in bathrooms and kitchens. Be sure to choose professionals who know the codes and proper procedures. For electrical installation in Carpentersville, call the trained electricians at Service King today!

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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