FB Integrated Solutions Inc. Blog : Archive for August, 2014

Getting Started with Home Automation

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Have you every considering making your home smarter? What if you could remotely control your lights from your smartphone, or arm your home security system from the comfort of your upstairs bedroom? What if you could control your home heating and cooling while at work? Home automation systems are quickly becoming popular options for homeowners looking to improve their energy efficiency ratings as well as the comfort and convenience of their homes. Indeed, there are plenty of options when it comes to home automation, but all of that is contingent upon the quality of the integration with the various HVAC, security and electrical equipment in your home. You need a professional to advise you about what would work best for the unique circumstances of your home. We’re happy to oblige you, but first consider some of the benefits of home automation.

  • Energy Efficiency. We live in an energy-conscious society, and many of today’s products are designed specifically to reduce the amount of energy that you use on a daily basis during your tasks around the house. Home automation is an advanced way to control your energy consumption. Whether you’re eager to optimize your HVAC system remotely on your smartphone to make sure no one is cranking up the heating or cooling unnecessarily, or you want your lights programmed to cut down on your electrical bill, home automation gives you plenty of options.
  • Comfort. Your home is a place where you want to kick back and relax, whether watching a film with the family or luxuriating on the sofa. Home automation gives you the ability to optimize your home according to your exact comfort requirements. By consolidating your access to the various systems of your home, you can greatly improve your home comfort.
  • Security. Home automation often goes hand in hand with improved home security. Whether you want to be able to monitor your home on your tablet device with video surveillance, or you want to check up on the status of your home while on vacation, home automation gives you full control over your home security.

Call FB Electrical Services Inc. today to learn more about your options for home automation.            

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Choosing a Generator for Your Home: What You Ought to Know

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new generator, then you’re off to the great start. We offer unparalleled service and exceptional workmanship when it comes to finding our customers a whole house or portable generator for their homes. But there are several things to consider if you want to make an informed decision. Whether you’re on a tight budget or you’re shopping for a comprehensive backup for your large home, it’s critical that you get in touch with a professional electrician early on. Only a knowledgeable and skilled technician can advise you as to which make and model of generator would work best for you.

  • Budget. The amount of money that you can spend on a new piece of equipment such as a generator is really your guiding factor. Make sure you know how much you can spend as well as how much you want to spend. While the final result may be a little under or over, it’s crucial that you have a range so that you feel good about your purchase. Portable units are obviously much less expensive than whole house models, but they may not be right for every household, and they can’t compete with the comfort and convenience of a whole house generator.
  • Portability. If you’re looking for a generator that you can take with you when you go camping or that you can lend to a family member or neighbor in a time of need, then a portable generator is right for you. However, keep in mind that these devices require constant maintenance, and must be used carefully to avoid the buildup of carbon monoxide exhaust in your home. You may want to opt for a weatherproof model that will run in the rain if need be.
  • Whole house. While portable units will run the basics of your electrical system, larger appliances and HVAC equipment may fall by the wayside. During the winter and summer, these are obviously a considerable priority for most folks, which is why whole house generators continue to be a popular option. They can be configured to switch on automatically as well.

Let our team of electricians at FB Electrical Services Inc. help you decide on the best generator for your home. Call us today.

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Why You Need Professional Air Duct Cleaning

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Whenever you have time to thoroughly clean your home, you usually try to get the portions that are hidden from view. You check under the bed, vacuum beneath the cushions, or dust the tops of shelves—anything you can do to keep every part of your home sparkling, even if there’s no one around to see it. So why would you neglect to clean the ductwork?

Your ductwork may be home to the same dust and particles that settle on top of your bookshelf. And the fans in your system can blow these pollutants into your home, which is why it’s important to schedule professional duct cleaning services regularly (and in most homes, this means every other year). Here are some of the ways that scheduling regular air duct cleaning in Newton may help you.

  • Reduce Allergens: Your ducts may be home to a lot of dust, which could build up in your home and become a nuisance. More importantly, it could house mold, bacteria, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens which may get into the inside air and activate respiratory problems in some of the members of your household.
  • Restore Efficiency to Your HVAC System: The state of your ductwork is a large factor in determining the efficiency of your air conditioning system. If there is too much dust or debris lining the ducts, it may create fiction, inhibiting the necessary airflow. This could cause your AC to work harder than it should, resulting in a little more spending every month.
  • Prevent Repairs: Duct cleaning can also prevent AC and heating repairs. Dust and debris can make its way into the indoor evaporator unit of your air conditioner, causing problems with the effectiveness of the coil or the blower fan. And a visual inspection of the ducts can alert you to any leaks that need repairs right away.

It’s important to hire a professional for this job, who has the tools to reach past the vents and into the ductwork, gently scrubbing the insides of ducts without causing any damage.

For technicians experienced in handling air duct cleaning in Newton, call FB Electrical Services today.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioning System for Your Home

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new AC, then you have a big decision to make. Unlike a cheap window unit, a whole house air conditioner is a major investment of your resources, and it’s critical that you find a system that works effectively and efficiently in your home. But with so many options in the residential market, it can be difficult to make a decision. From conventional central air units and heat pumps to the latest in high efficiency ductless mini splits, you need to find one that will be sufficiently powerful, energy efficient as well as reliable. Let us help you. Here are some factors to consider.

  • Budget. Chief among the factors for most homeowners is budget. Unless you have unlimited income, the cost of the air conditioner will likely be at the front of your mind. Fortunately, there is a whole house air conditioner to suit a diverse range of budgets. If you have any preexisting equipment in your home such as ducts, then you may want to take advantage of them. Both heat pumps and central air units are often considered budget-friendly options.
  • Ducts or no ducts. While ducted systems remain the most popular type of cooling system out there, ductless systems are quickly gaining traction. The latter have exceptional energy efficiency ratings and they often avoid much of the indoor air quality issues that arise when dust and other debris accumulate inside your air ducts. But ducted systems are popular for good reason. It comes to your preference and a local HVAC technician is your best resource for advice.
  • Size. In order for your new air conditioner to work exactly as it should, it needs to be the right size. That means that the cooling output of the system matches the size of your living space. This is best done by a professional so that you can be certain that your system operates according to the efficiency ratings estimated by the manufacturer.

Our HVAC technicians will be happy to help you find the right air conditioner for your home. Give us a call today for exceptional air conditioning installation services in Boston, MA. 

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5 Reasons You Need a Professional Electrician

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

As a leading provider of electrical services in the Boston, MA area, we offer a diverse range of products and services so that our customers have a choice in what they purchase. Your electrical system is an absolutely essential part of your home, and you likely rely on it much more than you realize. As unfortunate and irritating as they may be, power outages often show us what we take for granted. In order for your electrical system to work as it should, it’s necessary to call in a professional. We’ve given you 5 good reasons to call your local electrician.

  1. Flickering lights. If you notice that your lights are flickering, and you can’t quite figure out what it is, and you have tried changing the bulb to no avail, then you may want to call in a professional electrician. It could be a loose connection at the fixture or even damaged wiring. Both are potentially hazardous and need to be addressed sooner than later.
  2. Backup generator installation. Thinking about a generator to make sure that your comfort is secure during a power outage? Whether you opt for a whole house generator or a portable model, your local electrician can assist you every step of the way. You’ll have to decide how much of your electrical system you want backed up as well as your budget.
  3. New home construction. A safe, functional and efficient electrical system begins with professional installation. It depends upon the quality of the technicians who integrate your wiring as well as the materials and products that they use. New electrical installation is a great opportunity to take advantage of home automation, customized lighting and home security systems as well.
  4. Outdoor lighting. Improving how your property or home looks at night is important for reasons beyond mere aesthetics. There are plenty of outdoor lighting options out there, including landscape, driveway, and security lighting. A professional electrician can find a set of fixtures that addresses your lighting needs exactly.
  5. Home security system. There’s perhaps nothing more important than the security of the place where you sleep. There are plenty of options to consider when it comes to installing or replacing a home security system in your home.

Give us a call today to schedule electrical service in Newton or the greater Boston area, be it for installation or repair.

 

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