Resicon LLC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Olympia’

From 60 to 200 Amps in Your House

Monday, November 4th, 2019

electrical-panel-repairsOne of the biggest changes in our daily lives over the last three decades was a quiet and gradual one: we started to use more electricity than ever before. Once upon a time, a few outlets scattered around a house were used to power lamps, the refrigerator, one television set, and a few appliances plugged in for short periods, like vacuum cleaners. Today, multiple outlets are occupied around the house, usually with power strips, to supply electricity to entertainment systems, computers and printers, charging stations for phones and laptops and Bluetooth devices.

This has required a change in the electrical capacity of homes. Where the average house once had 60-amp service (and many had only 30 if built pre-WWII), that’s not enough. Many homes now have 100-amp service—but we recommend a service upgrade to move your house to 200-amps.

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The Powerful Ductless Combo: Ductless Heating/Ductless HRV

Monday, October 21st, 2019

ductless-heat-pump-mitsubishiAt Resicon, we’re focused on helping homes enjoy the best possible ventilation. This is a challenge because modern residential buildings have tight construction that permits little circulation of fresh outside air. Opening the windows of the house is rarely a beneficial choice, especially during the cold and rainy Washington winters. The house may receive fresh air, but it rapidly loses indoor heat.

There are options for better ventilation for homes with standard ducted HVAC systems, such as air purifiers, air filters, and heat recovery ventilators. But what about homes that don’t have space for ductwork? Some homes use boilers for heating and don’t have ductwork or an AC system, and others have no central HVAC system at all and use space heaters for winter.

There are options for these situations: ductless systems like ductless mini split heat pumps and ductless HRV systems.

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Never Rely on Unlicensed Electrical Work

Monday, September 9th, 2019

electrical-rewiring… and we’re including you in that statement! Unless you are an electrician licensed to work in the State of Washington, do not attempt to handle electrical repairs, installations, retrofits, or other work more advanced than changing light bulbs. Only trust this work to an electrical professional who can show you proof of proper, current licensing.

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Signs Your House Needs Rewiring

Monday, August 12th, 2019

electrical-toolsThe electrical demands in homes are higher than ever before because of the many devices that must be plugged in around the clock. Charging stations, computers, larger entertainment systems, and more require a larger electrical load. We’ve already written about the importance of updating the electrical panel in your house for larger capacity. Today we’re looking into the wiring in your house. You may have outdated or bad wiring that requires electrical services in Olympia, WA to fix.

Many older homes in the area need extensive rewiring, and below are a few signs to watch for that will warn you that your home is one of them.

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?

Monday, July 29th, 2019

electrical-panel-repairsThe electrical panel (a.k.a. circuit breaker box, or “fuse” box) is the central switching station of the electricity in your house. All the electrical current coming from the municipal grid enters the panel, where it divides into the different circuits for the outlets and fixtures in the house. To protect the electrical system in case of shorts and other problems, breakers are designed to trip and stop the current to a circuit.

It’s easy to take the electrical panel in a house for granted. You know where it is (we hope, if not go find out now) and you may occasionally need to reset a breaker if there’s a short in the house. A few tripped circuit breakers through the years is no big deal. In fact, it shows the panel is doing what it’s supposed to do.

The electrical panel, however, wears down and ages like any electrical appliance. It will need an upgrade one day—and that day may be just around the corner.

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Here’s What You Need to Know Before Switching to a Ductless AC

Monday, July 15th, 2019

ductless-air-conditionerDuctless air conditioning systems are popular in many parts of the world, such as Japan and Europe. They have started to make a larger impact in the US, where they are often installed in hotels and restaurants. More homeowners are discovering the benefits of using ductless mini split systems rather than the conventional split system air conditioners that send cooled air into a network of ducts.

If you’re reading this, a ductless mini split heat pump is probably already on your radar. You’re thinking about making a ductless system your next HVAC installation. We think this is a great idea. However, there are a few important facts we want you to know before you make a solid decision.

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5 Reasons to Avoid DIY Electrical Work

Monday, May 6th, 2019

electricianWho can resist a fun do-it-yourself project?

But unless you’re a retired electrician, you’re not going to feel 100% confident in your DIY electrical work. No matter how in-depth that online guide or video was, it’s no substitute for the electrical needs presented by your home. Plus, several other factors could influence the work that needs to be done on your home.

The problem with faulty electrical work is that it doesn’t always present itself immediately. It might take repeated use of the system before the faulty work ends up creating a problem.

To give yourself true peace of mind—not just temporarily—we suggest nothing less than working with a professional electrician in Olympia, WA.

Here are 5 reasons why:

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How LED Lighting Can Be Used Around the Home

Monday, February 11th, 2019

led-lightingIn our current year, one of the most important Olympia, WA electrical services you can have performed is an LED lighting upgrade.

You may have already heard all the benefits of LED lighting. They save energy, they’re safer, and they have limitless potential for customization. But all of that doesn’t really help you with envisioning just how these lights can be used.

In this post, we’ll go over some of the applications you can use LED lights for, in both the indoors and outdoors.

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5 Eco-Friendly Features of Ductless Heat Pumps

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

green-houseAs HVAC technology advances, manufacturers are finding more ways to increase the efficiency of air conditioners and heaters. With that comes greater opportunities for making these devices more eco-friendly.

Ductless mini split heat pumps are spearheading these advancements. Thanks to their design and engineering, they’re able to keep homeowners comfortable and free of a guilty conscience. Here are five ways these heat pumps are creating an eco-friendly future:

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What to Know About Carbon Monoxide Leaks and Detectors

Monday, November 19th, 2018

co-detectorCarbon monoxide leaks are the silent killer in your home. So that’s why you’ll most commonly hear carbon monoxide detectors being brought up in conversations about gas furnaces.

But the truth is that you need a carbon monoxide detector in your home for any natural gas-using appliance in your home, such as water heaters, ovens, and stoves.

In this post, we’ll clear the air on carbon monoxide leaks, as well as how to ensure that your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

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