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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at FB Electrical Services Inc., we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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How a Nest Thermostat Saves You Energy and Money

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

If you’re a busy person, constantly running from one place to another, it can be easy to forget some of the little things you leave behind at home. The thermostat, for example, controls perhaps the two biggest energy hogs in your home, the air conditioning and heating systems. But when you leave the home for a long day of work, you may forget to turn it off, which means you end up paying the cost throughout the day. Leaving the air conditioner or heater switched on not only drives up prices, it could also wear down the components of your home comfort system until they no longer operate in the manner that they should. Wouldn’t it be helpful if you had the ability to control the HVAC system even when you were away?

A Nest thermostat can help you keep your home’s climate under control—no matter where you are! Nest learning thermostats help improve your home comfort by offering advanced temperature and climate features as well as remote control that simply cannot be beat. Chances are, you are one of many Americans who uses a smart phone, tablet, or computer with internet access every day. A Nest thermostat learns your preferences for daily operation, but can still be controlled from far away if your plans change throughout the day! Here’s a bit more on those features.

  • Learns Your Preferences: After your thermostat is installed, adjust the temperature throughout the day as you normally would and Nest will begin to learn your preferences!
  • Auto-Away: Nest automatically lowers or raises the temperature when you’re away, to keep it at the most energy-efficient temperature through the day.
  • On the Go: Use an app on your smart phone or tablet to check the temperature in the home and delay the automatic settings if you’re coming home late, or switch it on sooner if you’ll arrive early.
  • Track Your Energy Usage: You can also track your daily energy use via the Nest app so you can make informed decisions about how often you run your unit and which temperatures save the most money.

Call FB Electrical Services to learn more about how you can get a Nest thermostat in Boston today!

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The Benefits of Choosing Radiant Heating in Watertown

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Radiant heating is a popular heating choice with homeowners. There are a few types of radiant heating available, giving you some options as to how you heat your home using a radiant system. Both types offer benefits for your home, as we’ll discuss below, but you won’t gain any benefit from poor installation of your system. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to hire professionals to install your radiant system in Watertown. The experts at FB Electrical Services can handle every kind of heating installation, including radiant systems, so call us today!

Types of Radiant Heating

The types of radiant heating can be categorized by how they heat and their placement. Let’s start with flooring:

Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating

With a hydronic radiant floor system, flexible PEX tubing is placed underneath your flooring. Hot water or steam flows through the tubing, so you must have a boiler to install hydronic radiant floor heating.

Electric Radiant Floor Heating

There are 3 ways to install electric radiant floor heating. One way is known as a “wet” installation, where electric cable is placed in wet cement. This enables the cement to become a radiant slab once it hardens. A second way is to lay the electrical cable directly onto subflooring in a specific pattern. Lastly, electrically-conductive plastic mats can be installed onto subflooring. These mats have electric cable woven in between the plastic that heats the mat and your flooring.

Radiant Panels

Radiant panels can be installed into walls and ceilings. Hot water or electric cables can be used, but due to the possibility of leaking, electric cables are used more often. Radiant panels heat quickly, but they have very low heat capacity.

Benefits a Radiant System Offers

  • Quiet, comfortable heating – radiant systems are basically silent, with the exception of the firing of your boiler. The heat is gradual and even as compared to the forced air of a furnace.
  • Easily zoned – the layout and functioning of radiant systems make them very easy to zone, which provides a level of customized comfort.
  • Good for allergy sufferers – there is no blowing air with a radiant system, so there is no swirling dust that can agitate allergies.

Radiant systems can be a great heating option for your home, but proper installation is key.

If you are looking for experts to handle the installation of your radiant system, look no further than FB Electrical Services. Contact us today!

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Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The question of whether or not to repair or replace a furnace can be a challenging one. However, there are some key factors that can help you decide which is best for you and your home. One thing to keep in mind is that heating system replacement is a great opportunity to increase your energy efficiency and comfort. Should you decide to replace your furnace in Brighton, make sure that you hire trained professionals to perform the installation. The experts at FB Electrical Services can install both electric and gas furnaces, so call us today!

Reasons to Consider Replacement

Here are some reasons why it may be better to replace than continue to repair your current furnace:

Constant Repairs

If your furnace needed a lot of repairs last winter, and you are looking at more repairs this winter, it may be time to consider replacement. Nursing an ailing furnace along can add up quickly, sometimes even up to the cost of a new furnace. You may need to determine where your money is better spent.

Rust/Corrosion

Furnaces do not use water in any way, so if your unit has considerable rust and corrosion on it, it may need to be replaced. If rust and/or corrosion is localized, it may be repairable, but if the corrosion is significant, it can’t be repaired. Excess corrosion can be dangerous in gas furnaces because cracks and holes can potentially leak toxic fumes, which are very dangerous to your household.

Age

Age always plays a role in whether or not it’s time for replacement, and for good reasons. Aging systems can be challenged to effectively and reliably heat your home, and often do not have good energy efficiency. The average lifespan of a gas furnace is 15-20 years; for electric furnaces, it’s 20-30 years. If your furnace is at or over the average lifespan, it may be time to consider replacement.

Your furnace should be reliable, energy efficient and provide the heating you need. If yours isn’t achieving these goals and is costing you money in excessive repairs, it may be time to consider furnace replacement in Brighton.

Call FB Electrical Services today and schedule an appointment for your furnace with one of our heating specialists.

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Let a Professional Help You Choose a Custom Lighting Design

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

When you walk into your home at night after a long day away, what’s the first thing you always do? Switch on the lights! The lights in your home greet you every evening and they brighten up your dark, early mornings as you groggily flip the switch. So if your current lighting design does not please the eye, or if you’re installing lighting in a new home, you want an attractive and practical design to illuminate the house.

The best way to ensure your new lighting design does the job is to hire licensed electricians to properly and safely install your new system and help you decide on the ideal placement and style. Whether you want a new lighting scheme for practical purposes, or a lighting system that will be both aesthetically pleasing and functional, you need a skilled electrician to help you out with custom lighting design services. Here are a couple of reasons you should always work with licensed contractors for your new lighting.

Lighting Showrooms

You can look at pictures of sconces and chandeliers online or in catalogs, but nothing can bring the image to life quite like seeing these lights in person. Some lighting professionals, like the friendly people at FB Electrical Services, offer a lighting showroom, so that you can see firsthand how your new fixtures will appear in person. This way, you can get a sense of what will fit best in your home, and you may even learn of some new options such as landscape lighting or security lighting.

 Professional Electricians Can Help Make Your Design Vision Come Alive

You have a vision for the lighting design in your home, but only a skilled electrician can turn this into a reality. Any time electrical wiring and installation is involved, you need the services of a licensed electrician who can take the proper safety measures and secure the beauty and endurance of your lights.

Why not choose a skilled contractor with a comprehensive lighting showroom and electrical experience and licensing?

Call FB Electrical Services or stop by to visit our showroom in Newton, MA to discuss your need for professional custom lighting design services in Brookline.

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