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What’s the Difference Between Low and High Voltage?

on November 6, 2015

Whether you’ve seen it on fixtures, wires, or electrical panels, you’ve probably run across low and high voltage warnings.  What’s the difference and how do you know which is better for use?  The answers are actually rather simple. Official Difference The difference in electrical potential between source and sink, or voltage as it’s more commonly […]

6 Signs of Electrical Problems in Your Home

Top 6 Signs of Electrical Problems

on October 30, 2015

When there’s a problem with the electrical system, the signs can be extremely obvious.  From smoke and burning odors to shocks and flickering lights, when there’s a problem in your home, there are signs. 1. Burning Odor or Sparks If running an appliance or flipping a switch fills the room with a burning odor (burnt plastic or a urine-like smell), or […]

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Electric Heaters and Winter Safety

on October 21, 2015

There’s always that one room in the home which just won’t heat properly.  The typical answer is, of course, an electric space heater.  Space heaters are inexpensive, portable, and provide instant heat where you want it.   An electric heater is usually a more efficient way to supply heat when you only need to warm […]

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What Makes Up Your Home’s Electrical System?

on October 16, 2015

Most of us only recognize electricity as that utility that costs so much each month or is pulled from an outlet when we charge our devices.  But there’s more to your home’s electrical system than just charging a phone or your bank account.  At Mainstream Electric, we know how it works, but we’d like you […]

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10 Electrical Safety Tips | Fire Prevention Week

on October 4, 2015

Today marks Day 1 of NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week, which is why we are focusing on electrical fire safety this week. Knowing the basics of your electrical system and where the most common safety hazards are is important for preventing home fires. All it takes is one mistake or oversight to cause an electrical […]

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Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters | AFCI FAQ

on September 25, 2015

Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are two common electrical safety protection devices. Each of them are extremely important to have in your home, however, they serve different and distinct purposes. Whereas GFCIs protect you from electrical shocks, AFCIs protect you from electrical fires. This week we are focusing on […]

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Common Electrical Hazards During Home Inspections

on September 17, 2015

Faulty electrical wiring and electrical hazards in homes are much more common than you think. Before anyone buys or sells a home, a thorough home electrical inspection is needed. Although it’s best to have a fully qualified professional conduct home electrical inspections, knowing which electrical items commonly fail electrical codes will help you evaluate your […]