Advantages of Installing Solar Panels on Your House

If you’re a smart homeowner, you’re always looking for ways to save money while at the same time increasing the value of your property. Did you know that installing solar panels on your house can help you do just that? And that they offer many more benefits, as well? Here are some of the top advantages of using panels instead of gas, electric, or another form of power.

Benefits of Solar Panels 

  • You can significantly reduce your energy bills. Most homes with solar panels are also connected to the grid. This allows them to use the energy generated by their solar panels when there’s sufficient sun while drawing from the grid when they need more energy than they produce. Depending on where you live, you can significantly reduce the amount of power you need from the grid — and that in turn results in much lower energy costs.
  • You can gain energy independence. If you live in an area with sufficient hours of sunlight, you might never have to draw from the grid at all. This will free you up from being dependent on utility companies, which can ramp up their prices unexpectedly. It also means that you won’t be affected by power outages and other issues when there are complications with the grid.
  • You can take advantage of tax incentives and rebates. When you install solar panels, you get a whopping 30 percent of the costs back in tax credits when you file your federal income taxes. So, if your system cost $27,500, then you’ll receive $8,250 in tax credits, bringing your costs down to $19,250. In addition, most states and municipalities offer their own rebates, which can bring your total investment down considerably.
  • You can sell your excess energy to utility companies. Many states have SREC markets. SRECs or solar renewable energy certificates are issued to homeowners for every 1,000 kWhs their systems produce and can be worth between $200 and $300. Power companies have to purchase a predetermined amount of SRECs each year in order to meet their quota for renewable energy. That means that if you sell SRECs to your local power company, you can make a nice amount of money.
  • Solar panels increase the value of your home. Having a well-functioning solar panel system installed in your home can significantly increase its value. In fact, one study shows that on average, it increases property values by $3 per solar watt the system produces. So, if you have an average system that produces 5,000 watts, it will add $15,000 to your home’s value.
  • You’ll be helping the environment. As if all of these financial incentives weren’t enough, a solar panel is extremely environmentally-friendly. So, if you care about keeping the planet safe for future generations, installing solar panels is a wise choice.

Clearly, installing solar panels on your home can do more than help you save money and increase your property’s value; it can also reduce your energy bills, allow you to earn money and even help the environment in the process. In other words, going solar is a super smart choice!





Close up for Winter and Prepare for Spring Safely with an AC Tune Up and Furnace Maintenance!

The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but the temperatures of Spring have already started to bloom. Ensuring that your home is properly maintained is important for making sure that your furnace is correctly tucked in for the warmer seasons and your AC unit is ready to fire up when the hot weather arrives. Let Raynor help you with understanding why and how you can make sure your home and family are safe. 

Why Raynor?

Raynor Electric has been the local industry leader in delivering quality service to the Medford, New Jersey area for many years. Our qualified technicians handle everything from solar power installation and generator maintenance to heating and air conditioning. Anything electric is our business – and your safety and comfort are our priority. Our uniformed staff will help you understand the services we provide, supply you with upfront pricing, and keep your home clean in the process. 

Furnace Maintenance and an AC Tune Up: The Winning Combination!

Closing up for winter is important to help you maintain the life expectancy of your appliances and minimize the wear and tear. Why not combine this with an AC Tune Up? This combination is an efficient way to take care of both services with a technician who is familiar with both. You’ll be able to understand exactly what may be necessary to prolong the lifespan of both your furnace and your air conditioner. 

Furnace Maintenance is an important step to take care of to make sure that your heating elements are not under stress as they “grow cold” during the warming weather and summer months. Waiting until fall could mean that your filtration systems become overloaded. By shutting down your heating with a furnace maintenance appointment, you can be sure that none of the details will be missed and you’ll be ready to go once you need it again in the fall. 

In the same breath, your air conditioner is about to have to move to full tilt here shortly. Making sure that your air conditioner has enough freon, your refrigerant’s systems are all tuned and tightened, and your filters are making sure that the collected dust doesn’t make its way into your indoor air. 

Both systems have a direct impact on the quality of your indoor air. Both furnace maintenance and AC Tune Ups involve cleaning or replacing your air filters if necessary. With more hazards and pollutants than ever, Raynor knows that the comfort and safety of your air is in our hands. Many publications and news outlets have started publicizing the effects of our air on our quality of life – you can read more about the hazards here . This means it is particularly important to have a licensed professional handle your system’s needs! 

Why is this Important?

Furnace Maintenance will involve calibrating your thermostat, checking your thermocouple, and tightening all your connections – and that’s only three of the 15+ things on the entire list! A furnace maintenance appointment will make sure that your system is operating as efficiently as possible. But why is this important?

  • Maintains the Safety and Comfort of your home
  • Saves money on your bills by promoting efficiency
  • Catches problems before they become an emergency

Before you turn on your AC…

An AC Tune up is just that – a way to make sure a professional is on hand to oversee your system as it stretches its legs in the beginning of the warmer season. When you schedule an AC tune up, your system will get inspected by a licensed professional to help you avoid emergencies down the line. In addition to prevention, this also gets a professional into your home to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered and your system isn’t costing you more in heating and cooling bills than it should. 

Raynor’s team is standing by to help you get your furnace and air conditioner tuned up as the seasons are transitioning. Call us today to schedule an AC Tune Up!

Circuits and Fuses: Understanding Your Breaker Panel

Electricity is a powerful thing and can be dangerous when not properly directed throughout your home or office. The power to your building is directed to the outlets and appliances of your homes through a distribution box – commonly referred to as a breaker or fuse box. This box takes the electricity and distributes it throughout your home. It also acts as a critical safety mechanism that will interrupt the flow of electricity if too much current overloads the system or outlet. The electrical service panel is an important device that has many different elements – read on to understand more about how your fuse box is serving you!

Why Call Raynor?

Raynor has been handling breakers and fuses for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on delivering expert repairs and installation with professional service. We understand the value of customer service while we help get your lights and power back on quickly. We have been serving Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties with electrical services for many years and can help you identify, repair, or offer replacement with any issue you are experiencing. At Raynor, we pride ourselves on educating our customers on exactly what is necessary for the job and why. Fuse boxes are one of the most critical pieces of your home to ensure your safety and comfort. Read on to learn more about how you can better understand your distribution box.

Form & Function

Electricity has three major components: voltage, current, and resistance. You don’t have to have intimate knowledge of these in order to understand that they all influence the other as it comes to regulating your power. The breaker box works as a middle-man the entire route between your power plant and your lightbulbs.

Your box makes sure that there isn’t too much power going into the box for the outlets, and that the outlets and appliances aren’t asking for more power than can be safely distributed. If and when this happens, your breaker box “pops” or “blows” a circuit.

Popping a breaker switch is not cause for immediate concern. Sometimes running a hairdryer in the bathroom when other appliances are also being used can be the culprit. These isolated instances may not be cause for immediate concern – your breaker did all the work for you. Popping the breaker back on and resetting your outlets will usually bring your power back with no delays.

However, tripping the circuit and blowing a fuse are different. The fuse is a single, one-time-use wire behind the breaker that burns up if the current becomes too high. These are replaceable, but repeatedly blowing fuses or tripping your breakers is an indicator that you may need to address a bigger problem.

Older homes may not have the power you need or the proper distribution to handle your needs. Older homes were usually installed with a standard 50amp breaker box. However, the minimum standard is now 100, and many homes are more comfortable with a 150amp panel. If you spread out your appliances on different outlets and are still experiencing frequent circuit tripping, it’s time to call a licensed electrician to have a look.

Signs of Damage

A breaker panel’s importance in your building cannot be understated. This is why any signs of wear or damage need to be addressed immediately. Because there are such large amounts of power being controlled behind the fuse box, damage could be indicative of mis-routed electricity, component failure, degradation, or environmental factors.

If you identify any of the following evidence of breaker box damage, you may need to make a call to Raynor:

• Rust
• Water Damage
• Blown Fuses
• Evidence of Power Surges
• Loose fuses
• Burned fuses or terminals

If you can visibly detect any of the included signs of damage, call a licensed electrician immediately to evaluate your system.

Is it time to Upgrade?

Your safety is paramount to us at Raynor. Your electrical service panel may be unable to serve your needs, particularly if you have upgraded your appliances and devices in an older home without addressing your electrical system. Your home – particularly older homes – may be handling your current needs, just not as optimally as they should. A home’s circuit breaker should be installed to operate at 80% of the building’s demand as a safety feature. As you reach this threshold, you may be at risk for blowing fuses and popping circuits more often.
At Raynor, we will always evaluate your system for its optimal – and safe – function. Electricity is powerful and can be very dangerous with the risk of system failure, fire, or electrocution if not handled properly. Upgrading your electrical panel may be the best way to ensure your safety and consistent electricity.

Staying Safe

If you’re ever in question of what to do in an emergency, it is important that you and your family are aware of where your emergency electrical shut off is. This is usually a large lever on the side or surrounding your breaker box, and throwing it to the OFF position (usually down) will cut the power to all of the elements connected to that box.

Call Raynor today for an electrical system or breaker panel inspection!

6 Electrical Upgrades to Consider for the New Year

Electrical upgrades are necessary if you want to make sure 2017 will be your most comforting year to date. In the first few weeks of January, everyone is all about new beginnings. However, for this New Year, you shouldn’t just leave it at “New year, new me.” You can take one step further by saying, “New year, new electricity.” Even if you have all sorts of fun plans this year, some of that fun may not be possible without working electricity in your home. You may discover that several of your electrical features are outdated or looking incredibly worse for wear. If you don’t do something about it, you’re not only risking minor inconveniences like flickering lights. You may also be putting your family’s safety at risk. Faulty wiring and damaged outlets will only heighten your risk of experiencing an electrical fire or electrical shock. In fact, the National Fire Protection estimates that nearly 50,000 fires are caused each year due to faulty electricity. Of these fires, about 450 deaths are the result and up to 1500 injuries. Though many homeowners go from day to day hoping that their electrical system is safe, updating and testing your system is the only way to know. Before you face the perils of outdated electrical features this year, make a point to call for service so these next 12 months are instead filled with fun and high levels of efficiency.

How Can Raynor Electric Help You?

Raynor Electric is here to provide you with top-notch electrical service for 2017 and beyond. It’s our number-one priority to provide customers across the Medford, NJ area with high-quality electricity that doesn’t cost them too much on bills and keeps them safe. Our team of electricians can handle a wide range of electrical services to meet all sorts including work on circuit breaker panels, knob & tube wiring, outdoor safety lighting, and more. If you want new and improved electrical performance, we should be your first choice in equipping your home with modern electrical appliances that will work at a highly-efficient level for a longer period of time. But it’s not just about ensuring you have the best electricity in the neighborhood, of course. It’s about guaranteeing your safety, and the safety of your family. Our electricians stop at nothing to guarantee everyone’s security. Once you know nobody’s well-being will be at risk due to faulty electricity, you can expect to relax so much more throughout the year. A better peace of mind for 2017 starts with a call our way.

6 Electrical Upgrades for the New Year

There are a lot of electrical upgrades you can make for your home. So much, in fact, that it can be difficult to determine which ones will be right for you. If you’re a little unsure, we recommend you consider these 6 upgrades before anything else:

  1. Replace Faulty Wiring– Electrical rewiring is one of the most important electrical upgrades you can consider for your home, especially if wiring is appearing on the verge of creating a massive fire in your home. If your switches feel warm or you have issues like blowing fuses, tripping circuits, flickering and dimming lights or other issues, contact one of our electricians immediately to get modern, durable wiring equipped in your home immediately.
  2. Install More Outlets: Let’s say you’re stuck in a situation where you have plenty of appliances and not enough outlets. What do you do then? In that case, it’s time to install more outlets. Consult with one of our electricians to determine the areas of your home in need of more power sources. Not only will you see high-quality electrical performance, you will get the sockets you need so that you can get rid of potentially dangerous extension cords.
  3. Replace Smoke Detectors- Smoke detectors can be your first line of defense if your electrical system does go awry and you can truly protect your home with new smoke detectors provide by us here at Raynor Electric. Continuing with those outdated smoke detectors may prove highly dangerous in the event of a fire, especially when they can’t alert you of a problem in the middle of the night.
  4. Surge Protectors: Power surges have the potential to cause sparks that can then lead to fire, they can also overload circuits and cause damage to your overall system. A surge protector can help prevent these issues, protecting your appliances from damage in the process. You’ll be able to use essential appliances like computers even as a lightning storm outside threatens to knock the power out in your home for good.
  5. GFCUI Outlets: Installing GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupter outlets, can help ground out the socket should water become introduced. Installing this type of outlet in bathrooms, on kitchen counters, or in any other area where water might get into sockets can prove to be a life-saving decision and keep everyone away from the threat of electrical shock.
  6. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances: We all want to save money on our electric bill, right? Well, the perfect way to do so is by installing energy efficient appliances to help save money on your monthly bill by using less electricity overall. These appliances include new dishwashers, dryers, and room air conditioners.

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to learn more on how you can start 2017 the right way with these amazing electrical upgrades!

Holiday Electrical Troubleshooting

Electrical troubleshooting should be considered a top priority if you don’t feel like your electrical system is ready for the holidays. This time of year should be all about good spirits and even better food, but it will be a little hard to relax when you’re constantly deal with electrical problems. If you’re hosting guests over the house this year, it can be difficult entertaining them when lights are flickering and outlets won’t be able to power essential appliances. Many homeowners get caught up in all the seasonal cheer that they wind up forgetting their electrical needs, and the consequences may be costly. Allowing any lingering problems within your electrical system continue may see you have to pay more on electrical bills, which can put a strain on your finances when you’re already trying to shop for family and friends. The winter season is already a time of higher costs on electrical bills anyway due to the addition of holiday lighting and heavier reliance on indoor lighting. Lingering problems will only add to the cost and may see you lose a significant amount of money by the time the holidays are over. There is also a higher safety risk if your electrical system lacks maintenance. Due to faulty electricity, your home may be one of the 47,000 homes that experience a fire each winter according to the Red Cross. You shouldn’t have to spend the holiday season with risks like this, so it’s better to take action and ensure your holiday remains issue-free.

Why Should You Call Raynor Electric?

Fortunately, you can take comfort in knowing Raynor Electric is here to help every step of the way this holiday season. We don’t want see your holiday interrupted by electrical problems either, so we’ll stop at nothing to ensure they are repaired immediately. Making things even better is that our electrical repair is durable and long-lasting so you won’t have to worry about making another service call for a long time to come. No matter your electrical needs this season, you can count on our team of licensed electricians to provide high-quality service. With our electrical troubleshooting, you will experience greater cost-efficiency throughout the season, including keeping your system running in top condition. You will be able to gears your savings toward buying your family the gifts they always wanted and not dread so much when the next electrical bill arrives in the mail. Plus, we’ll provide you with greater insight into your electrical system so you’ll know how to conduct troubleshooting on your own. Above all else, a call to Raynor Electric this season is the best way to guarantee a more relaxing for you, your family, and any house guest.

How Can You Prepare for the Holidays?

Sure, maybe you’re not a licensed professional but even then, you shouldn’t let that stop you from taking action and improving your home’s electrical system. Please take note of these 5 electrical troubleshooting tips so you can ensure this holiday season remains peaceful:

  1. Inspect Holiday Lighting: your holiday lighting may entrain the onlookers, but you need to be careful. This risk of a fire due faulty holiday lighting is more common than you may think. Do not use any lighting that have frayed or any other type of damage to the power cord, as it can lead to a higher risk of a fire or electrocution. You should also consider upgrading to LED lights for safer, more efficient performance.
  2. Replace Two-Prong Outlets: Two-prong outlets are outdated and will be unable to meet your modern electrical demands. However, some homes are still equipped with them, maybe even yours. You should consult with an electrician in replacing them, ideally with three-prong electrical outlets instead. Three-prong outlets will work more efficiently and cover a much wider range of electrical troubleshooting needs.
  3. Adding Outlets: You should also consult with your electrician about adding outlets in the event you do not have enough to cover the scope of your appliances. The last thing you want to do is overload a power strip with appliances as it can easily lead to a fire. Adding more outlets will allow to use less power strips and extension cords.
  4. Consider Whole Home Surge Protection: A whole home surge protection will allow power to stay on even when a storm or other problem threatens to create a major surge. A power surge will damage outlets and appliances, making you spend money on replacement. However, proper protection will ensure you are able to use your appliances for the holidays and beyond.
  5. Call Raynor for Maintenance: It’s a wise move to call Raynor for a home inspection right before that big holiday party. Our team can inspect outlets, wiring, appliances, and more to ensure your home is safe and ready to go. If we do stumble upon any issues, we can ensure durable, high-quality repairs that will put a stop to problems before they worsen.

Keep Your Holidays Worry-Free This Year by Contacting Raynor Electric for Electrical Troubleshooting!

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to ensure a happier holiday season by having one of our professionals provide high-quality electrical troubleshooting!

4 Warning Signs You Need to Replace Your Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets are what keeps the power flowing to your most essential appliances. You may take them for granted, and you’re certainly not the only one, but what you may fail to realize is just how important they are to everyday life in your home. Just think of all the appliances reliant on an outlet. Televisions, microwaves, blenders, refrigerators, phone chargers—what would happen if you didn’t have an outlet for any of these things? Unfortunately, you may just face that reality if you fail to notice the signs telling you it’s time to replace outlets altogether. Allowing old, faulty outlets to sit in your home is one of the biggest safety hazards as it can easily lead to a house fire or electrocution. Outlets with exposed wiring may be incredibly sensitive to the touch, which is especially dangerous if you have any naturally curious young children in your home. With such a high safety risk, you may discover your property resale value decreasing, as no potential home buyer will want to look at a home with less than reliable outlets. You may also be unable to use appliances to their fullest extent, and the faulty outlets may put them at risk for damage as well. If you want to avoid all these problems this winter, you need to know when to take action in replacing them so you will be able to call your local electric company as soon as possible. 

Why Should You Call Raynor Electric for High-Quality Service?

Fortunately, when you need to replace the old with the new, Raynor Electric will be able to help you every step of the way. Our team of electricians will replace your outlets immediately with modern ones designed to provide high-quality performance for years. You will be able to enjoy your appliances to their fullest extent, especially if it means they continue to have power for a long time to come. Since new outlets will see less of a chance of bringing damage to your appliances, you will also save so much money on repair bills and appliance replacement, ensuring you will be able to gear your savings this holiday season towards gifts and other goods.  A call to Raynor Electric is a guaranteed way to make your life easier, especially when it keeps you away from hazards like fires and electrical shock. New outlets may not seem like the things keeping your life peaceful this season, but it may turn out to be the most important upgrade you make for your home.

When Should You Replace Electrical Outlets?

If you sense your outlets are beginning to give more headaches than electrical power, you may be able to determine when to replace them, even if you’re not a licensed electrician. Please take note of these 4 common warning signs:

  1. Significant Physical Damage: While it is normal for an older outlet to show signs of wear and tear, this may mean cords will not be able to get inside the receptacle. If the cords slip out easily or are hanging out of the outlet, there is a chance that excess, or even the proper voltage current, may not have the proper channel in which to flow properly. You may also notice problems like broken outlet covers, which may leave the mechanisms of the outlet exposed and incredibly dangerous to touch.  If your outlets are beginning to fall apart, it’s time to call a professional immediately for replacement.
  2. Electrical Outlets are Tamper Resistant: If you look around your home and find that the outlets are not tamper resistant, you need to be replace them immediately. Tamper resistant outlets have been required by the National Electric Code (NEC) to have in all homes since 2008. They are known for including a shutter that only allows a two pronged plug into the receptacle to properly create a circuit. This will prevent the possibility of any young children trying to insert an object into the outlet, as the shutter will successfully prevent them from doing so.
  3. Two-Prong Outlets: Over fifty years ago, the NEC made it required for all homes to have three-prong outlets for safer, more effective electrical flow. However, many homes today are still equipped with two-prong outlets, which are both outdated and unsafe. The major problem with two-prong outlets is that there is a short in the wire or excessive current due to a faulty appliance. You will risk a greater chance of an electrical fire that will put the well-being of your family in danger, and may even cause you to pay more money on electrical repair.
  4. Builder’s Grade Outlets: Builder’s grade outlets have a low installation cost but will generally feature a shorter lifespan of 5 to 10 years. Many contractors will install them in newly constructed homes when the homeowner does not specify a higher grade outlet. Due to their poor quality, you should replace them with commercial grade outlets, which will last you much longer.

Don’t Get Caught Without Power Where You Need It Most – Replace Faulty Electrical Outlets Today

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to ensure better electrical performance and have us replace your electrical outlets!

5 Factors to Consider Before Whole Home Surge Protection Installation

Whole home surge protection is a must-have for your home. If you want a steady flow of power going to all of your electronics, you should definitely make a point to call your local electrician for installation. After all, power surges may be brief but they are also dangerous. It is essentially a major spike in your home’s electrical current that generally occurs when the flow of electricity in your home is interrupted, then starts again. The chances of a power surge will heighten during a lightning storm, where a single bolt can set ablaze to any surrounding infrastructures and fry your home’s wiring. This can also heighten the chance of an electrical fire, putting your family’s well-being in danger. Surges can bring considerable damage to some of the most essential appliances in your home, including computers and HVAC systems. Replacing some of these appliances won’t come cheap either. The cost of a new HVAC system alone will cost you thousands of dollars. Before you lose a significant amount of money, and put your family’s safety at high risk, you should instead be proactive and install whole home surge protection immediately if you have yet to do so. It can mean all the difference in how you and your family enjoy life in your home.

Why You Should Call Raynor Electric

Raynor Electric should be your first choice for emergency electrical service this season, especially if you are looking for longer-lasting, trustworthy surge protection. Our whole home surge protection helps homeowners protect electronics from power surge, which can effectively extend their lifespan by years. We can also ensure you will save thousands of dollars on replacing appliances. Whole-house surge protection helps reduce the expense of replacing big appliances, including high-definition televisions and computers. You should also feel free to ask our electricians any questions you may have on surge protection, and you’ll be guaranteed to get an answer leaving you satisfied. We can even make sure you have layered protection for the most essential appliances in your home. When it comes to ensuring home electrical safety, you can remain calm knowing there’s a team of electricians always available to provide service and go the extra mile.

What Should You Consider Before You Install?

Even if whole home surge protection is important, you still need to make sure you are buying the right one for your home. Please consider these 5 factors before you throw money at the nearest surge protection available:

  1. Customer Reviews and Product Recalls: You wouldn’t just install any whole home surge protection with the knowledge that it has poor customer reviews and several product recalls. It’s important to do your research into a customer reviews on any brand or model. The last thing you want is surge protection costing you more money than necessary or, worse, putting your family’s safety at risk.
  2. Layered Surge Protection: You will have the option of layering surge protection for any areas or appliances more sensitive to power surges than others. A good way to determine what appliances should have layered surge protection is to look at electronics that are not covered by your home owner’s insurance. This may include big appliances like home theater systems. You also consider what appliances might cost more than $200 to replace and ones that store important data.
  3. Protection for Wires and Outlets: Your appliances won’t be the only things in your home risking damage as a result of a power surge. Since power surges bring about a massive surge in electrical current, it can result in melted wiring or damaged outlets, effectively putting your home at risk of an electrical fire. Electrical rewiring can be expensive, and you need to consider what type of whole home surge protection will ensure you avoid the high spending altogether.
  4. Interior Power Surges: Around 60 to 80% of power surges will occur within the home, according to the NEMA Surge Protection Institute. This is true even when appliances are not running. An HVAC system that is turned off, for example, will have residual power in the line looking for an exit. That power can bring a great deal of damage once it hits appliances like computers or televisions.  You should consider what type of whole home surge protection will keep the rate of in-home power surges down and lower your spending on electrical repair, even when big appliances are shut off.
  5. Your Electrical Needs: If you live with a growing family with a wide range of electrical needs, chances are just one surge protector will not be enough. You need protection for all sorts of appliances like coffee pots, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and so much more. The more appliances you have in your home, the more protection you will need. If not, you may to spend more on replacement.

Protect Your Property And Schedule A Whole Home Surge Protection Installation Today

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to learn more on how to fight power surges with whole home surge protection!

7 Maintenance Tips for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection

Smoke and carbon monoxide detection can save your life. When faced with a fire or a gas leak, your detectors will alarm you of danger so you and your family can evacuate immediately. However, the unfortunate truth is that many homeowners will take their detection for granted, allowing for problems with detectors to persist until it is much too late. The consequences of not paying attention can be costly, and even fatal. The National Fire Protection reports that nearly 3,000 people in the United States die due to house fires and an additional 500 die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. With numbers that high, you need to take the right steps in keeping your family from becoming more numbers to add to such a troubling statistic. You may find yourself in scary situations like having no detection in the middle of the night, allowing for fires or gas leaks to worsen while your family is sound asleep. Without reliable safety features in your home, you will also notice your home suffering from lower property value. No potential buyer will want to look at a home where they don’t feel 100% protected. Your life this fall and winter shouldn’t be constantly spent in fear of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. You should instead take action and ensure your safety needs are met right before the temperatures dip below freezing.

How Can Raynor Electric Help You?

If you want help from a dedicated local electrician, look no further than Raynor Electric. We are ready and willing to ensure 100% safety in your home during the colder months with excellent electrical services. Faulty electricity is responsible for 50,000 home fires each year. While many will interpret faulty electricity as a few frayed wires or damaged outlets, malfunctioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will prove just as bad, if not worse. That’s why we’ve got a team on hand who can provide high-quality repairs, replacement, quick maintenance checks, and a home safety inspection to ensure your home has detectors you can count on. We also teach you more about smoke detection so you’ll know when to replace it and when to change batteries. We’ll even show you what signs to notice when you suspect you have a carbon monoxide leak in your home. If it means guaranteeing your safety, Raynor Electric is more than up for the task.

How to Maintain Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices

If you want to know how to keep your smoke and carbon monoxide detection devices working at their best, please keep these 7 tips in mind this season:

  1. Replace Old Detectors: Smoke detector replacement should happen every 10 years. Likewise, carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 5 to 7 years. Replacing after a certain number of years will prevent any risky situations, like a detector malfunctioning during an emergency situation. For carbon monoxide detectors, this will also prevent a detector from malfunctioning when trying to alert you of a gas leak.
  2. Invest in Detection with “End of Life” Sensors: Modern smoke and carbon monoxide detectors come equipped with sensors letting you know when to replace the system. It gives notice early enough for you to take action before the detector loses power completely. This feature will let you know if replacement or repair will be necessary, proving a helpful reminder for you to stay on top of your safety needs.
  3. Read the Manufacturer’s Guide: The manufacturer’s guide will give you a clearer understanding of how detectors work and what warning signs are letting you know batteries require replacements. They may even let you know what troubleshooting you can do when the detector is malfunctioning.
  4. Do Not Use Generators Indoors: A generator should not be used indoors under any circumstance. When generators malfunction, they run a high risk of leaking smoke or harmful gasses. Without working detectors in your home, a fire or gas leak may spread quite easily. Keep your generator outdoors in a safe distance from the home instead.
  5. Use Lithium Batteries: Please use lithium ion batteries for detectors instead of traditional batteries. They are known for a longer lifespan and incredible efficiency, allowing to save you the time and money on battery replacement. You will also worry far less about your smoke and carbon monoxide detector malfunctioning out of nowhere.
  6. Cook with Caution: Though you may plan on cooking plenty of warm, hearty meals during the colder months, but you need to be safe. Cooking is the number-one cause for fires and one mistake may cost you an entire house, especially if you do not have working detectors available. For example, do not heat your home with the oven, as it may leak smoke or gas. Just use it for cooking something delicious instead. 
  7. Call Raynor Electric for Electrical Maintenance: Please call one of our local electricians to annually inspect all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. We will closely inspect your detection for any problems, stopping them from getting worse in the process. Once you get the good word from one of our electricians that all of the features are up to today’s standards, you will feel more secure about your electrical safety for the next year.

Avoid Putting Your Family In Harms Way And Schedule A Service To Ensure The Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices In Your Home Are Working

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5 Types of Outdoor Safety Lighting to Consider This Fall

Outdoor safety lighting can successfully prevent home break-ins this fall. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of homeowners out there who do not take advantage of it, leaving their home much worse for wear. And that is dangerous, as outdoor safety lighting is not something you can just pass up without thought. The FBI reports that a home in the United States is broken into every 18 seconds. For more exact math, that’s approximately 200 homes per hour and a startling 4,800 break-ins a day. Even with stats like that, some homeowners still refuse to call up their local electric company for lighting installation. Those stats, however, would indeed be lower if more homeowners considered outdoor safety lighting an essential part of their home’s security system. A home is so much more at risk if there are areas without adequate lighting, as it provides the perfect space for intruders to hide and try to break-in. This is especially true come nightfall, where a lack of lighting means an intruder will go undetected. If you want to avoid this scary possibility, you need to call a professional right away who can provide the lighting you need to relax in your home.

How Can Raynor Electric Help You This Fall?

Raynor Electric is available to provide high-quality electrical service this fall that will see your home’s exterior equipped with durable, long-lasting lighting. We want to see homeowners across the Medford, NJ area equipped with lighting looking out for their safety. That’s why our outdoor lighting installation is able to go the extra mile in ensuring your electrical needs are met. Though you may not experience a home break-in this season, having reliable lighting on the exterior of your home will be able to provide you with greater relaxation. In fact, with our help, you will be able to boost property resale value, improve home aesthetic, and most importantly, keep your family’s well-being in check. A life made easier this fall starts with a phone call to Raynor Electric.

5 Types of Outdoor Safety Lighting

When considering security lighting installation, you may be met with a wide range of options. So much, in fact, that you may not even know what to install. In that case, the team at Raynor is more than willing to help so you are getting outdoor safety lighting worth every dollar. Here 5 types of lighting you should definitely consider for your home’s exterior this season:

  1. Motion Sensor Lighting: Out of any type of outdoor safety lighting, motion sensor lighting should be atop your list to install. It is one of the most effective ways to keep intruders away. Motion sensors will flash on once they detect movement on your property, even startling an intruder with how sudden they can work. They work at their best if you mount them close to your home, requiring the intruder to come up close to your home and face a higher risk of being detected.
  2. Driveway Lighting: Imagine pulling into your driveway after a long day of work and not having any lights to greet you back. If you call Raynor Electric, you will instead be welcomed home with open arms thanks to decorative driveway lighting. Not only will this allow you to pull into your driveway safer, it will also provide a much clearer path in the event you need to leave your home suddenly.
  3. Flood Lighting: Raynor Electric is your leading electric company for installing two-head flood lighting. The great thing about flood lighting is that it makes your home immediately visible come nightfall. It can provide lights to features on your property like trees and shrubbery, places where intruders like to hide to avoid detection.
  4. Spotlights: While flood lighting will usually cast light on all areas of your property, spotlights instead aim a strong amount of lighting at a designated area. For example, if you would like your backyard lit up a bit more at night to prevent intruders from breaking in through the back of the house, you can use a spotlight in that particular area. If you have an area of the home where you feel may be at risk for a break-in, always consider installing spotlights as a valid option.
  5. Front Porch Lighting: The front of your home may seem like too difficult of a place to break in, but it is much more common than you think. Even if you are just looking to enter and exit your home safely, front porch lighting is the perfect option. With lights in the front, intruders will be less likely to break in. Also consider outdoor hanging lights for your front doorway in case intruders try entering through the front door.

Have Outdoor Safety Lighting Installed Today So You’re Not Caught In The Dark

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to learn more on you can improve home security with outdoor safety lighting!

3 Heating System Installation Considerations

A heating system installation could be the most essential part of your fall, more than any pumpkin pie or apple cider. The outdoor temperatures are on their way down, and if you do not have a reliable heating system in your home to withstand it all, you may find yourself piling under layers of sweaters and blankets just to stay warm. However, even as the need for warmth this time of year begins to intensify, you need to make sure you install the right heating system in your home. The only thing worse than having no heat in your home is spending tons of money on a system that can’t even work properly. Homeowners make this mistake every year and you need to make sure to not fall into a similar mindset. Show consideration before you install, and you’ll have a much better chance of landing a heating system keeping everyone in your household comfortable.

Calling for Raynor for High-Quality Heating Service Installation

The next time you find yourself in a jam over your heating system installation options, allow the team at Raynor Electric to help. At this time of year, we don’t want to see you stuck in the cold either. Our team will be more than willing to consult with you before you make a purchase and ensure you don’t wind up making an ill-advised purchase ever again. After all, when you consider home heating accounts for over 48% of your home energy budget, you cannot afford to make the wrong choice. Our service will help you avoid increased spending on heating repair and work to improve energy efficiency. Once you make a choice, we can install it in your home quickly so you are not going a single day without heat. When it’s all set and done, you will have a heating making your life easier. It’s amazing what the right heating system can do in keeping you at better peace of mind.

What Type of Heating System is Perfect for You?

When you search on the market for heating systems, you will have several different systems at your selection. If you are confused on what each system features and how they are different, here is an overview of the 3 systems you will commonly see:

  1. Furnaces: This is the most common type of heating system, available in many sizes and styles. The two main fuel types for furnaces are gas and electricity. Gas furnaces in particular now boast a level of efficiency higher than ever before, with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rate of up to 98.5%. This is mainly due to the fact that they feature a second heat exchanger and sealed combustion. They also operate much quieter than older furnace models, so you have heating that won’t cause a ruckus.
  2. Heat Pumps: This type is unique in the sense that it uses a lower amount of energy to produce heat, instead opting to absorb heat from the ground or air before dropping it in your home. They will also reverse that process during the summer and work as an air conditioner, meaning you will save so much more on installation service. Since they rely less on fuel, heat pumps are well known for being environmentally friendly and reducing your carbon footprint. They do, however, have a much higher installation cost compared to furnaces.
  3. Ductless Systems: While heat pumps force heated and cooled air through ducts, a ductless system delivers air directly to a specific zone. This will give you greater control over the climate in your home, allowing heat to go to the rooms in your home needing it the most. It also ensures you are not wasting energy on areas of the home where heat isn’t as needed. Plus, since they lack ducts that would otherwise build up with dust and other allergens, they will preserve indoor air quality.

Other Heating System Installation Considerations

In addition to the type of heating system to install, you may also want to consider any these factor that could potential influence your decision:

  • AFUE Rating: The AFUE rating measures how efficiently your heating system utilizes its fuel. You certainly don’t want to risk high costs on energy bills, so it’s all the better if you find a heating system with a higher AFUE rating.
  • Maintenance Schedule: How often will you need to seek a furnace tune-up? How much effort will go into maintaining that heat pump? You need to beware of how much a heating system will cost you on maintenance before you finalize your purchase. The maintenance on your end may be too much to even warrant installation.
  • Customer Reviews: When in doubt, seek a second opinion. With the Internet at your disposal, you can look up customer reviews on different brands of heating systems so you know which ones to avoid.

Don’t Be Cold To The Idea Of A Heating System Installation – Schedule One Today And Enjoy This Fall Warm And Safe

Contact Raynor Electric today if you want to avoid getting stuck in the cold this fall with our high-quality heating system installation!