GFCI outlet for ground fault circuit interrupter

Since 1980, GFCI building code requirements that previously only used on construction site have expanded.  GFCIs are not required in many different rooms of your home especially those with moisture such as washroom, kitchen, pool area, etc. The GFCI cover the input and output levels being passed through an outlet.  If there is a slight difference in the current being transferred from the hot outlet to the neutral outlet then the device will quickly cut off the power supply to prevent damage or injury. A GFCI can detect changes in the current supply as minor as if you Milliamps.  GFCIs are simply advancement in technology that could potentially save lives or prevent injury to your family.

Track Lighting Advice

The beauty of track lighting is that it is timeless and versatile. A tract light layout can be expanded or reconfigured as needed. In a very simple and in expensive way we can also move the light heads around, add more and change type or direction. Since track lighting is the directional light, it performs best as task lights or accepts lighting. Track lights add a beautiful Decor to your home. Here are some ideas for where track lights can go:

Under cabinet lighting

Ceiling lights

Kitchen lights

Backsplash lights

Pendant lights

Kid’s bedroom

Teenage games room

Studios

Here are some ideas for where track lighting can go:

120V

Direct feed

Usually cheaper than low voltage

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At Redox Electric we can help you install, fix and modify track lights. Please call us directly to 604-476-5611   or   604-910-9691.

 

What is radiant floor heating and how does it work?

What is radiant floor heating and what are the advantages of it? We get asked that often. Radiant floor heating is the best heating system a house can have and one that you don’t realize it is there, just imagine: no radiators clanking in the night and no vents whooshing like a jet preparing for take-off. No dust collecting ductwork that runs up your allergists bills. That is the advantage of radiant floor heating. It is an even blanket of heat, right where you want it. It’s also a highly efficient way to heat a house, increasing comfort as it reduces energy costs.

This is how radiant heat works. In a radiant setup, the warmth is supplied by hot water tubes or electric wires buried underneath the floor. As the visible waves of thermal radiation rise from below, they warm up any objects they strike, which radiate that captured heat in turn. Though the air temperature remains relatively constant, you stay comfortable because the surrounding surfaces are not stealing warmth from your body.

Contrast that with what happens in a conventional forced-air heating system, the kind found in most homes. Air blows out of the registers at a well baked 120 degrees, rises to the top of the room where it quickly sheds heat, the drops back down as it cools, the air in the room becomes uncomfortably frozen zone. Then there’s the problem of cycling. You turn on the furnace; it quickly takes you to 68 or 70, and then shut off. The result is a phenomenon he calls the cold 70, which is what you feel right after the hot air stops pumping from the registers. Those jarring ups and downs are absent with radiant floors, which may reach 85 degrees, top, on a frigid day. The warm air still rises, but it does so evenly over the entire floor, so the coolest air stays up at ceiling. To learn more about electrical heating options, call Redox Electric at 604-476-5611 or 6049109691.

Indoor Electrical Safety Checklist:

Electricity is among one of the many things we have come to take for granted over the years. It is important to recognize that many of our everyday activities could potentially be dangerous and may result in a fire or injury. It is recommended to have your home inspected by a professional on a regular basis. But there are also precaution electrical issue that could result in injury or damage to your home. IF you notice that your home has any of the electrical problems listed below, consult an electrician to determine the severity of the problem and how to resolve it.

Checklist:

Tripped Fuse/Circuit Breakers

Damaged or discoloured outlets & switches

Overloaded Extension & power cords

Small appliances & tools left plugged in consistently

Bulbs used with the wrong wattage

Redox Electric has a team of professional electricians who are happy to help you inspect your home and ensure that safety of your family.

Contact us at 604- 476-5611 or 604-910-9691

Extension Cord Safety:

If you are like most families, you probably have an extension cord, if not multiples around your house. But did you know that these are among the most dangerous electrical appliances in your home? If not used properly or cared for appropriately, an extension cord be the cause of fatal injuries, electrocutions, or even a house fire.

Not all extension cords are the same and it is important to select the appropriate extension cord. Ask yourself these three questions that will help you determine whether it is appropriate for the task at hand.

Is it equipped for indoor or outdoor use?

Can it withstand the wattage of your device?

Are you looking for a temporary or long term solution?

If you are looking to use an extension cord outside, you must check to make sure that it is equipped for such. An outdoor extension cord has tougher Insulation jacket, allowing it to withstand moisture, temperature change, UV rays, etc. An extension cord that is safe for outside use will say so clearly on its packaging. If you are not sure, contact the manufacturer. The length and gage of your extension cord will determine the wattage rating of the cord. Ensure your device(s) wattage doesn’t exceed the cords wattage, this could cause overheating and /or a fire. The wattage of a device is generally found on a tag attached to the cord. Again, if you are not sure, contact the manufacturer to clarify. Better safe the sorry.

Another important consideration is the length of time that you are using the extension cord plugged in will cause electricity to continue to circulate through the device. If you are looking for a permanent fix, look into installing more electrical outlet around your home and plug your device directly into the outlet.

For more information on how to ensure the safety of your home and devices, contact Redox Electric at 604-476-5611 or 604-910-9691

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