Douglas Cooling & Heating Blog : Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Make Sure Your Home Is Ready For Hurricane Season

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Its the season for tropical storms and hurricanes in the Florida area which means that there is every chance our region will get some rough weather too. We’ve already been hit with some storms in the last couple of weeks so you likely are already thinking about how best to prepare your home if anything else comes our way. The team at Douglas Cooling & Heating can offer you some helpful tips and services to get you through it.

  • Shut down major appliances to protect them. It may not sound like fun, but shutting down major appliances like your air conditioner can help protect them from damage that could be caused by power surges in a storm.
  • Make sure you have back-up supplies. Make sure you have some fresh water, canned goods, batteries, a flashlight, and any other essentials that you might need in an emergency.
  • Have a professional check your generator. Don’t wait until the lights go out to discover a problem with your generator. Be ready by scheduling your generator maintenance, repairs, or any other generator services in Birmingham needs now to avoid issues later.

Our team wants to make sure you stay safe this hurricane season. If you need help with your home systems, contact Douglas Cooling & Heating. Your experience is what matters most!

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Enjoy the Outdoors a Bit More This Summer

Monday, July 20th, 2020

outdoor-string-lightsPlaying with a Frisbee in the yard or having a long conversation on the porch during the afternoon is a source of great enjoyment but it can be hard not to cut these activities short when the sun sets and everything gets dark. What if we told you that you don’t have to cut your evening short because you can’t see the Frisbee? No, we aren’t pitching night vision goggles and your lantern can stay in the garage for emergencies.

You can light up your outdoor environment with outdoor lighting this summer to extend your time with friends and family. We want to strongly suggest though that you don’t attempt this on your own. We’re sure you are handy with a toolbox but when it comes to installing electrical appliances, especially ones that are meant to work outdoors, you want to leave that to the professionals at Douglas Cooling & Heating.

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What’s the Deal with GFCI and AFCI Outlets?

Monday, June 8th, 2020

GFCI-Electrical-OutletWhen you think about the electrical system in your home it is likely that your mind goes to the wires in your walls or even the breaker box or electrical panel for the home. What you might not immediately think of is your outlets. Not many people do, to be honest!

Believe it or not, there is more than one type of outlet and it really does matter which one goes where in your house. Why? Because the difference can lead to electrical safety issues.

If you don’t already know about the different types of outlets that can be installed in your home, and what their roles are, allow us to give you some information. Your outlets can be important in keeping your appliances, and you, safe.

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All The Ways Owning a Generator Benefits You!

Monday, March 30th, 2020

generator-installationDuring a power outage, you want to be able to keep the heat on, use the lights, and keep your food fresh. Heck, you might even want power for your favorite video game system—we don’t judge! But here’s the thing, keeping your home and your family safe during a power outage is only possible so long as you’ve got a whole-house generator installed!

There are many benefits of owning a generator, and below, we have outlined them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to contact our team when you’re ready to install a whole home generator in Birmingham.

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Is It Time for Electrical Rewiring?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

outletImagine what the world would be like if Benjamin Franklin didn’t discover electricity? Imagine not having a refrigerator, or lightbulbs, or an air conditioner, or your phone? Of course not! See, your electrical system is extremely important to your overall comfort, so you definitely don’t want to take it for granted!

Over time, the wires that deliver electricity all over your home can begin to fray, leading to all sorts of other issues. Therefore, it is important to have a professional inspect your system on a regular basis to see if rewiring is necessary. In fact, there are a number of signs that suggest its time for rewiring and below, we have outlined some of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading below to find out more, and of course, remember to contact our team when you need a Birmingham electrician!

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Ceiling Fans are NOT Just for the Summer!

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Homeowners are constantly asking us for tips on how to lower their energy bills during the winter. And almost always, without fail, they’re shocked when we say to them, “Have you tried turning on your ceiling fan?”

While its 100% true that ceiling fans are great for keeping us cool in the summer, and that the number 1 reason why people have them installed is to lower their AC bills, they’re AWESOME for boosting heating efficiency, too! Don’t believe us? Well, keep reading below to find out more! Oh, and of course, remember to call our team when you need electrical services in Alabaster, AL!

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Is Your Generator in Good Shape?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

generator-installationSure, you may not need to use your generator often, but in the event that you do need it, you want to be certain that it’s working properly! Didn’t you buy your generator to keep you and your family comfortable safe in the event of an emergency?

There are a number of signs that suggest your generator is in need of repairs, and below, we have outlined some of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading below to find out more (oh, and of course, remember to contact our team when you need an electrician in Hoover, AL!)

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Should I Replace My Circuit Breaker?

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Of all the systems in your home, your electrical system is perhaps the most important! Therefore, you want to make sure that when certain components of your electrical system become worn out or obsolete that you make the necessary upgrades to keep you, your family, and your home as safe and as efficient as possible.

One component of your electrical system that you do not want to ignore is your circuit breaker. You see, over time, circuit breakers begin to wear out, which can be pretty problematic, especially in the event of a power surge! Below, we have listed some of the signs that suggest it’s time to replace your circuit breaker. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more.

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Here’s Why Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping!

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Have you ever been in the middle of blowing drying your air when all of a sudden, the power goes out? Now, not only do you have a wet head, but you also have to march yourself down into the basement, reset the circuit breaker, and climb all the way back up the stairs! Pretty annoying, huh?

It’s quite normal for this to happen every once in a while, however, if the circuit breaker in your home is constantly tripping, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. In fact, there are a number of reasons why your circuit breaker might be constantly tripping, and below, we’ve listed a number of them for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more! (And, of course, remember to contact our team for all your electrical repairs in Birmingham!)

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Here’s Why You Should Consider an Attic Fan

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Summer is coming, which means that before you know it, temperatures will start to climb. Obviously, then, you’ll switch on your air conditioner, sit back, and enjoy the cooling relief, right? Well, what happens if your air conditioner is incapable of cooling every space of your home… then what do you do?

Your attic is a space in your home that your air conditioner can’t quite reach, which is kind of a big deal. Hot attic spaces can have a profound effect on your overall comfort and efficiency — so what do you do?

Well, installing an attic fan is a great way to combat the summer heat. Below, we have listed just some of the many benefits of installing one, so keep reading below to find out more!

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