FB Integrated Solutions Inc. Blog : Archive for February, 2015

Reasons to Contact a Commercial Electrician

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Owning commercial property comes with a wealth of responsibilities. It is up to the commercial property owner, for example, to ensure that the heating and cooling systems in their properties function properly so that everybody therein is comfortable throughout the year. The successful operation of the electrical system in any such property is also integral, and the failure to ensure the proper operation of an electrical system can not only drive up energy costs and result in serious inconvenience: it can also lead to unsafe situations. That is why you must hire a commercial electrician in Newton, MA for any commercial electrical services that you may need completed. If you encounter any such service needs, FB Electrical Services is here to guarantee that any necessary work is done right.

One of the main reasons that commercial property owners contact their commercial electricians is to have new equipment installed in their properties. It is important to remember that, handy as one may be, the installation of any sort of electrical equipment is something that only a trained, experienced professional can handle. There are far too many factors and variables to consider when installing any such equipment to entrust such a service to a novice or an amateur. It is vital that equipment of the appropriate power is used, and that it is wired into your electrical system with the utmost care. Otherwise, a service that is meant to be beneficial, such as the installation of a commercial ceiling fan, can result in reduced efficiency, the overloading of circuits, and other issues. Plus, it is possible that the installation process itself may damage your property if not handled by a qualified part.

Another reason to contact a professional commercial electrician is if you have any reason at all to believe that there is a problem with any component in your electrical system. Such problems may manifest in a number of different ways, all of which are best inspected and resolved and by professionals. You may not think that annoyingly frequent trips to the circuit breaker or a flickering light are all that serious. However, such issues can belie more serious problems which are just around the corner. By accepting even the most minor issues with a commercial electrical system as potential harbingers of more serious ones to come, you can avoid a lot of trouble down the road.

The long and short of it is this: it is always in your best interest to contact a professional commercial electrician in Newton, MA the moment that you realize you may require electrical services.

Whether for a planned installation, routine maintenance, or unforeseen repairs, professional expertise is requisite. Contact FB Electrical Services.

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When Should I Call for Emergency Heating Repair in Boston?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Anytime you notice something strange happening with your heating system, you should probably call a professional to look at it. Better to be overly cautious than to have your heater suddenly break down on you. However, there are some conditions which need to be dealt with without delay. As soon as you notice these emergency conditions, you need to call a professional immediately. Let’s take a look at some of the times that you should call for emergency heating repair.

Short Cycling

When your heater keeps rapidly turning itself on and off over a long period of time, that’s called “short cycling.” It is the result of the internal temperature of your heater getting too high. This activates a safety device installed on the heater, called a “limit switch,” to shut down the system to prevent damage from overheating. This is only a temporary measure, however. As soon as the system has cooled down a little, it will restart and overheat again, locking it into an endless start/stop cycle. This kind of behavior can seriously damage the heater, by putting it under increased strain and subjecting it to a heating cycle much shorter than that for which it was designed. This increases the likelihood of breakdowns and other problems that could otherwise be avoided. If you notice that your heater is short cycling, turn it off right away and call a professional to look at it.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by combustion systems that burn natural gas, the most common kind of home heating fuel. While all systems that produce carbon monoxide as a byproduct are designed to dispose of it safely, there is still a slight risk that it could be vented into the house by a malfunction.

Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, which is part of what makes it so dangerous. The only way to detect it is to use a carbon monoxide detector (which we highly recommend) or to begin experiencing the symptoms. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and seizures. Too much exposure to carbon monoxide gas is invariably deadly, so if you experience a sudden onset of these symptoms while your heater is running, get out of the house! Once you’re safely outside, call emergency services and then call a professional. Your heating system almost certainly needs to be repaired or replaced.

If you think you may need emergency heating repair, call FB Electrical Services. We provide emergency heating repair throughout the Boston area.

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at FB Electrical Services hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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How Nest Is Revolutionizing Fire Alarms and CO Detectors

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Smoke alarms have been required in homes, apartment buildings, and offices for many years. Regulations on carbon monoxide detectors are far more recent, but it’s vital to know whether a potential carbon monoxide leak could make your family members sick. The people at Nest, the same company that brought us the Nest Learning Thermostat, recognized a need for a combination smoke detector and CO detector and created a product that alerts you to danger in a unique way that helps you to feel that your home is protected no matter where you are.

We’ll look at the many benefits of integrated fire alarms and CO detectors in this guide, but be sure to call on a professional for installation. At FB Electrical Services, we’ll make sure that the unit is installed in the most accurate location for smoke and CO detection, that all of the electrical components are working properly, and that the detectors in each room are interconnected.

  • Speaks in a clear voice – According to studies, children can sleep through a beeping alarm. Nest Protect speaks in a clear voice to better alert everyone in the home to an emergency.
  • Remembers what room it’s in – The Nest Protect unit knows which room it’s located in. It tells you where the smoke is and what the emergency is (smoke or carbon monoxide). All of the detectors in each room are interconnected, so you can hear about the emergency in any room.
  • Alerts you on your phone – Not only can you hear about an emergency in any room; you can also find out about an emergency when you’re away from home by installing an application on your smart phone and/or tablet. The app also lets you create an emergency escape plan and family meeting point, store emergency numbers, and it offers you helpful tips to follow in an emergency.
  • Checks its batteries – Like any smoke detector, Nest Protect alerts you when the batteries are low. But instead if beeping endlessly, the unit glows yellow at night if something’s wrong, so you don’t have to pull out the batteries to get some sleep at night. Simply press the button and it tells you what the problem is (low batteries, faulty sensors, or the WIFI has been down for too long).

Call FB Electrical Services today to get installation from professionals in Boston who will connect and test your integrated smoke and CO detector so you can have peace of mind whether you’re home or not.

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