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Homewood Electrician

Finding a Responsible Homewood Electrician isn’t as easy as you would hope. No worries, we are here to help with over 20 years’ experience serving you. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to be in your home, they are courteous, will answer any question about your situation, and will even wear shoe covers to help keep your home clean. All backed by our 100% Personal Satisfaction Guarantee.

We provide the following electrical services in Homewood:

  • Electrical
  • Generators
  • Electric Car Charging Stations
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pool and Spa

When you call SAFE Electrical Service or fill out our Contact form for electrical service, we will send a technician to your home who will diagnose your situation, explain your options in simple and easy-to-understand terms. They will provide you with the cost before they begin the work. This way you’ll have the information you need to make an educated decision.

We provide 24 hour emergency electrical, heating and air conditioning services to Homewood area residents. We have the experience needed in all aspects of the electrical, heating and air conditioning to fix whatever issue you might be facing, no matter when you call.

We have the most capable and reliable electricians and HVAC technicians in the Homewood area, with the know how and training so that they can handle any and all of your electrical, heating, and air conditioning needs 24 hours a day.

Call our office anytime 708-361-1555.

Surge Protectors and Home Safety from Surges

Surge Protectors and Home Safety from Surges

When it comes to protecting your computers, televisions, and large appliances we all want to be prepared.

How do we protect our home and appliances from surges?
There are a few things we can do to protect our appliances and homes from surges.

  1. When you leave the home for more than a couple hours such as overnight or for the weekend, unplug things like televisions, coffee makers, computers.
  2. Invest in surge protectors.
  3. Make sure to not to overload any outlet.
  4. Invest in a whole home generator

Let’s look at surge protectors
When it comes to surge protectors there are a couple types available.

The cord extension surge protectors, which you may see on things like television sets, cable boxes, and computers.

The whole house surge protector which are installed in your electrical panel. These are installed to stop the surge from going through the whole house.

If you are interested in a whole house surge protector, you can call Safe Electrical Service or another licensed electrican who knows how to install these types of protectors.

Even if the directions look simple it is much safer to hire an electrical service to install these types of items.

The whole home Generator

The whole home generator will provide electricity to the home during power outages.

One brand that is very good and highly recommended is Generac.

As with the whole house surge protector, it is always best to hire an electrician to wire the generator to your electrical panel in order to make sure that the line is safe not only for your home but also electrical line workers during a power outage.

How do you know which to buy?
When deciding on what to buy it will depend on several factors

  1. Do you suffer many power outages or surges in the area you live?
  2. Do you have many large expensive appliances to safegaurd?
  3. When it comes to computers; do you want enough time to shut down the computer safely?
  4. During a power outage do you have medical equipment that you need to run?
  5. Do you want to keep food frozen and cold?

These are all things that must be considered when deciding on a surge protector or a whole home generator.

If you have medical equipment you need to run then the best choice just may be the whole house generator.

If you simply want enough time to shut down a computer and protect smaller appliances then a whole house surge protector may be the right decision.

Safe Electrical Service Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Safe Electrical Service has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the INSERT electrical companies in Chicago were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

 


Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Lightning Protection Systems: What you need to know

Lightning Protection Systems: What you need to know

Home lightning protection systems can help prevent your home or business being struck by lightning.

How the lightning protection system works

Lightning will follow a path to ground; these can be anything from lines for phone, cable, electrical lines, water, or gas, to structures.
Structures can be your home or a business and range from wood to steel.

What are the hazards of a lightning strike?
There are four general hazards of a lightning strike;

  • Fire
  • Damage to building materials
  • Damage to appliances
  • Side strikes
  • Will adding a lightning protection system prevent a lightning strike? No, but it could save your appliances and keep your home or business safe from damage to building materials.

Lightning Protection FAQs

  • Will having a home lightning protection system attract lightning strikes? No, but they cannot direct or influence where lightning hits.
  • Can just anyone install a home lightning protection system? No, you need to hire a pro like Safe Electrical Service to install the home lightning protection system for you.
  • Will any lightning protection work for my home or business? No, each system is specifically designed for the building.

What does a lightning protection specifically work for?
When it comes to lightning protection systems, they will protect the structure.
It will help prevent fire and building material damage during the storm.
What they will not protect is appliances; these things should always be unplugged during a lightning storm.
You can also get surge protectors for things like appliances such as televisions, computers, and small appliances; but again, these things should be unplugged during a storm.

Home lightning protection systems in Chicago
As Chicago receives a fair amount of lightning strikes, actually more strikes than other places, it is best to have a home lightning protection system installed on your residence or business.

This can help you save money from lightning strikes that cause damage to the building material or from a fire caused by lightning.
It will also help reduce rates on home and business insurance so long as your lightning system was installed by a professional.

Finding a professional
If you wish to find a professional in or around the Chicago area, you can call Safe Electrical Service or a licensed electrician.
When hiring an electrician you need to make sure that they have a good reputation. Check with previous customers and the BBB. Make sure to get a quote and time frame for the project.

Generators

Generators

When there is power blackout, generators can keep a home cool or warm, the kitchen cooking and phones and computers charging. Residential home generators sales usually spike during major storms which mean that most people buy them when the power is out. And most of these buyers randomly choose a generator that can serve the purpose and then have no clue on what to do with it once they get home and as a result most of them bypass recommended installation procedures. So how do you go about when thinking about a home generator?

Know Your Power Priorities

Generators are usually sold by wattage. How much voltage they put out not only determines how many appliances and lights you can run but also how well they can work. Chicago home generators and Safe Electrical Service provide typical wattage ratings for most devices and appliances to help you assess your power needs.
List what matters most. Some of the common essential appliances in numerous homes include the refrigerator, window air conditioner, portable heaters, computers, and lights. When going for a generator, reliability matters. Some models falter when the output is high while others overheat appliances. This is why going for a model that is effective with no flaws is important, models such as Generac.

Pick an Option

There are two kinds of generators; a stationery generator and a portable generator.

Stationery Generators

These generators usually cost more than the portable ones and require a professional in their installation. These generators have been designed in such a manner that they are able to start automatically when the power goes out and also run self-diagnosis and send alerts in case maintenance is required. Their output is approximately 5000-20000 watts.
Additionally, depending on your preference these generators can be fueled with propane or natural gas which makes them less risky as compared to those fueled by gasoline.

Portable Generators

These generators are less expensive and can also be fueled with either gas or propane. As the name suggests, they can be used anywhere off or on your property. These models have electric starting which makes them easy to handle since all you need is just a press on the start button. However, unlike stationery generators, portable generators give an output of 3,000-8,500 watts which is not much and hence you have to regulate how many appliances you can run at the same time.

After you have decided on which generator best suits your needs, the best thing to do is find a contractor to help you install. The good news is there are several reliable electrical professionals out there, contractors such as Safe Electrical Service and Chicago Home Generators. Don’t allow yourself to remain in the dark!

Chicago Landscape Lighting

Chicago Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting can be very beneficial for a variety of reasons, aside from just illuminating your landscaped areas. It can provide beauty, as well as functionality. If you are looking for professional landscape lighting contractors in the Chicago area, look no further than Safe Electrical Service.

Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

  • Safety and security are among the top reasons why people choose to install outdoor lighting. Zone lighting is the perfect way to light up your outdoor spaces for after dark use. This is extremely helpful along sidewalks, decks, pool areas, garages and entryways. Motion activated lights can add extra security to your home by deterring trespassing and theft.
  • Makes outdoor living spaces functional. This is extremely beneficial during for those warm summer nights. From playgrounds to gazebos, patios to swimming pools, we can illuminate them for enjoyable use after dark.
  • Aesthetically appealing. If installed properly, landscape lighting will accentuate rather than distract from your actual landscape. Highlighting certain areas of your outdoor spaces adds beautiful accents to your home.
  • Increases home value. Adding landscape lighting adds to the curb appeal of your home. Creating an ambiance with a splash of light make your home feel warm and inviting.

What We Offer
Our Chicago landscape lighting experts can help you design the perfectly illuminated outdoor area highlighting your yard’s most beautiful features. Here at Safe Electrical Service we offer our customers a wide variety of exterior lighting options. Our goal is to provide the highest quality services and products, to homes and businesses across the Windy City.

Some of our Chicago landscape lighting services include:

  • Deck lighting
  • Cove lighting
  • Pathway lights
  • LED landscape lighting
  • Landscape flood lights
  • Outdoor ceiling fans
  • Landscape spotlights
  • Security lighting
  • Motion lights
  • Shadow lights
  • Outdoor pendant lights
  • Torches
  • Low voltage lighting options
  • Post lamps
  • Well lights

There is a good reason why we are one of the top landscape lighting companies in Chicago. Our customers are our top priority. When our team is hired to design, install and maintain your lighting system, you can be confident you will be pleased with the result. We will work with you from start to finish on your electrical project, guaranteeing 100% customer satisfaction. We have been the preferred custom exterior lighting company for many local satisfied clients.

To learn more about our professional landscape lighting services in and around the Chicago area, give Safe Electrical Service a call today!

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