Tackling a job around the house? Why not leave it to the trained technicians at Got Watts Electric and Solar.
Adding a ceiling fan or installing a smoke detector may seem like an easy job, but they can be far more complicated than the directions would lead you to believe. Got Watts Electric and Solar can handle these jobs, and much more, for you, leaving you to enjoy your day with fewer four letter words.
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Childproof Electrical Receptacles
Most homeowners (especially those that are parents) have seen those little plastic inserts that you install in receptacles to keep your kids or your grandkids safe from electrical shock. They are a great invention, but now they have something even better, which is good because let's face it; children somehow always find the smallest objects on the ground and go straight to the electrical outlets.
The plastic little inserts of yesterday can be somewhat of an annoyance. Any time you want to use an outlet, you have to remove the plastic insert and plug in the desired appliance. When you're done you have to remember to install the plastic insert (if you can even remember where you put it). Sometimes these inserts are hard to get out and they take your fingernails with it.
Lucky for homeowners, someone invented the childproof outlet! These outlets are also known as tamperproof or tamper resistant receptacles. Childproof outlets have a specially designed piece of plastic built directly into the receptacle. Think of them as tiny locked doors. So when a child tries to insert small objects into the slots, they will not be able to. Each slot or door must be pushed in at the exact same time with the same amount of pressure for each slot. So if it's not intended to go in, then it will not go in.
These outlets keep your children safe from electric shock and electrical burn.
Did you know in the United States alone an average of seven children per day are treated from electrical shock or electrical burn caused by tampering with outlets? If you have children or grandchildren, please do not hesitate to give Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC a call today and we can install childproof outlets in any home in the East Bay Area area.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlets
What does GFCI stand for and what does it do? GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and it is one of the best advancements that has ever been made when it comes to electrical devices. The GFCI receptacle has been designed for one purpose, to protect you and your family from electrical shock.
When there becomes a difference in the hot and neutral wires the GFCI will interrupt the household circuits causing the GFCI to automatically cut off the electricity to that circuit. Both GFCI receptacles and GFCI breakers are very sensitive. Most circuit breakers designed are programed to cut off at 15 to 20 amperes, but it is possible to be electrocuted with 100 milli amps. That is equal to a small fraction of one!
What most people don’t seem to realize is that 100 milli amps of electricity can still hurt or even kill you or someone you love. That is why it is so important to have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter installed in many areas throughout your home, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, garages and home exteriors.
There are two types of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protection:
- GFCI Receptacle
- GFCI Breaker
Both the GFCI Receptacle and the GFCI Circuit Breaker will detect a few milli amps of electricity causing the breaker to turn off avoiding a potential shock hazard. Not only can both the GFCI Receptacle and the GFCI Circuit Breaker protect you from electrocution but it can also save your or someone else's life!
The first thing you can do to start protecting your family is to learn where in your home or business a GFCI should be installed. GFCIs are require in your kitchen, bathrooms, garages and all outdoor outlets. There are also certain rules that must be followed when it comes to GFCI breakers and outlets. That is where Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC can help you today!
When it comes to GFCI’s, here is what is important.
- GFCI’s should have been tested and certified by a UL certified company?
- Were the GFCI installed correctly?
- Has the GFCI been installed where it is required?
Hot Tub Electric
One of the best features of spas, hotels and resorts is the relaxing sensations of a hot tub. Luckily, this is one feature that you can take with you! Installing a hot tub is easier than you may think, especially with the help of a licensed electrician. You could be enjoying a soak in your own back yard in no time. Hot tubs require their own dedicated breaker, because the voltage is higher than the outlets in your home. Because of this, hiring a licensed electrician like Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC is the best way to complete installation. On top of that, some hot tub manufacturers require that a dedicated circuit be installed by a licensed electrician for the warranty to be recognized. Some cities in the East Bay Area also require code inspections to be done on anything installed such as a pool or hot tub. Once your hot tub is set up and running, you will be able to relax, especially knowing that a licensed professional took care of all of your needs.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detectors are the first things that can alert you to a danger in your home. Whether you're awake or asleep, a detector is constantly on, making sure there are no dangerous fumes in your home or if a fire is brewing. Carbon monoxide detectors protect you from the unseen, odorless danger of carbon monoxide. Running cars, generators, and stoves are common causes of this highly toxic gas.
A qualified electrician from Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC will be able to install your smoke detectors, alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. Once these are installed, keeping them maintained and updated when needed are just a few more services the electrician can offer through a maintenance agreement with yearly or twice yearly electrical inspections. Your electrician can recommend the best form of detector and alarm for your needs. There are even alarms for the hearing impaired!