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Whole House Surge Protection

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Important Information | 0 comments

Whole House Surge Protection

Think of whole house surge protection, like the doorman at a nightclub; the big, bulky guys with attitudes. While physical strength is important in the job of a doorman, they need a variety of other abilities to succeed as well. It allows in only the electricity your home needs and not the unwanted over-voltages from the utility provider. The whole-house surge protector then protects your devices from any trouble that can occur from surges inside the house. Whole-house surge protective devices (SPDs) are typically wired to the electric service box and located nearby to protect all the appliances and electrical systems in a home. If you use surge protection strips for your electronic equipment it has within it something called an MOV, metal oxide varistors. An MOV shunts the surges heading towards your valued items. A whole -house surge protector are built to shunt larger surges and can last for years. Homes have more electronics than ever. LED lights have a little circuit boards contained within. Washers and dryers have small circuit boards within them too. There is much to protect in a home, a lot of technology we’re plugging into our homes. Surges come from more than just lightning. 80% of surges are transient (short yet intense bursts) and we’re the ones who are generating them. Generators or the motors you have in a/c and appliances introduce a small surge of electricity into the electrical line. It is rare that one large surge will take out appliances and everything at one time. Mini surges will add up over the years, affect the performance of the electronics and cut short the anticipated life expectancy. Overvoltage on the utility lines can also harm systems in the home and this tends to be the main reason for a whole house surge protection at the main electric panel. There is really no surge protection for a direct lightning strike. If a direct lightning strike concerns, look into a lightning rod. If an appliance or device sends a surge through a circuit that’s shared among other devices and not dedicated, then those other outlets could be susceptible to a surge, which is why you don’t want it just at the electrical panel. Surge protection should be layered in the house to be at both the electrical service to protect the whole house and at the point of use to protect sensitive electronics. Power conditioners with surge suppression capability along with the ability to provide filtered power to a/v equipment are recommended for many home theater and home entertainment...

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Whole House Surge Protection Device

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Important Information | 0 comments

A power surge is an unpredicted spike that hits your electrical system. When the surge is large and sudden enough, it can actually overload your entire system, causing damage to equipment, and even fire and safety hazards. Some of these most common surges are caused by: Downed power lines Fluctuations in power usage from nearby businesses Power cycling of large devices in the home Heightened periods of multiple appliance usage Older homes or improper wiring Lightning strikes Since every home’s electrical setup is designed to handle a specific capacity, there are many different situations and degrees to which a surge can cause damage. When large surges occur, the risk of danger also increases. This could result in the deterioration or damage of: Kitchen and small appliances, HVAC, laundry, and heavy appliances, Computers containing sensitive data, and Home entertainment systems. With a CTS Electric safety assessment and whole house surge protection, you can protect your valuables in the event of a spike. What does a Whole House Surge Device protect? The whole house device is the first line of defense against a power surge. It will help protect household appliances. The device usually comes with a 3-5 year warranty on up to $10,000 – $50,000 of connected equipment. (Depending on which surge device is compatible with your load center) The second stage of protections is a plug-in surge suppressor strips to protect smaller appliances and sensitive electronic equipment. By having both of these devices you have the best protection available. There are all kinds of surge protectors on the market be sure you’re buying one with a lifetime warranty. Did you know? Many homeowner’s insurance policies DO NOT cover lightning strikes! Many insurance companies give a discount for homes that have surge protectors. The average home gets hit with over 20 energy spikes per day. A lightning strike up to one mile away can do damage to your sensitive equipment. Surges also travel through your phone lines and cable/satellite lines. Damaging power spikes also occur WITHIN your home’s wiring as well. You get up to 30% more life out of your appliances and equipment if you use surge...

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8kW1 Home Generator System

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Important Information | 0 comments

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CTS Electric Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Important Information | 0 comments

CTS Electric Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service CTS Electric, LLC has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014. “We’re very pleased to receive this recognition from Angie’s List and our customers. The acknowledgment is meaningful and lets us know we’re doing what is necessary to keep our customers happy and satisfied”, reported Carl Scheuermann, owner of CTS Electric. “Only about 5 percent of the Electrical Contracting companies in Philadelphia have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. ### Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service...

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Ceiling fans during Winter Months

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Important Information | 0 comments

Ceiling fans during Winter Months

Some fans are designed with a switch to offer counterclockwise rotation (“forward mode”) and clockwise rotation (“reverse mode”).  In the reverse mode, air is forced up toward the ceiling. This can help to warm the room by circulation of the warm air hovering near the ceiling down toward the floor.  You need to be sure the fan is on low speed so as to not create a breeze.   Consider this in rooms with a fireplace, wood stove, pellet stove or high...

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Types of Generators

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Important Information | 0 comments

Originally posted: Sept 2013, consumerreports.org/cro/generators/buying-guide.htm Types Knowing what you’re powering is the first step to choosing the right generator. Here are the types of generators and their pros and cons. Portable generators These small and midsized models typically put out anywhere from 3,000 to 8,500 watts. They cost from $400 to $1,000 and are adequate for many homes, which is why they’re the biggest sellers. Most portables run only on gasoline, but some can also use liquid propane or connect to a natural gas line. Pros: They cost the least and are relatively easy to move and store. And they’re adequate for powering common plug-in appliances and lights. Cons: Portables don’t provide nearly enough power for heavy drains like central air conditioning. And for most, you’ll have to store large quantities of gasoline, a hazardous fuel. Stationary generators These large models mount permanently outside the house and are growing in popularity. Their roughly 5,000 to 15,000 watts let the largest power an entire house, including central heat and air conditioning. Pros: Besides providing plenty of watts, stationary generators can power a bevy of hardwired items, eliminating the hassle and risk of running power cords. Most run on either propane or natural gas, eliminating the risks of pouring and storing gasoline. Cons: All of that power and convenience comes at a price ($5,000 to $10,000 for the largest models). Stationary generators also require professional...

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Anti Loitering Device

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Important Information | 0 comments

Anti Loitering Device

As seen on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC How does the Anti Loitering Equipment work? The patented device is a small speaker that produces a high frequency sound much like the buzzing of the insect it’s named after. The device requires a power supply in order to operate. A transformer will allow you to plug it into an outlet. Or you can get an electrician to hard wire it into existing outdoor electrical. The device can work with a timer, motion sensor or remote control. It starts working within a few minutes after setting it up. There is an auto cut-off feature at 20 minutes and there are 4 types of volume selection options. For specific applications, additional chips can be provided for continuous use. For the youth setting the frequency comes out of the speaker in a 60 degree arc and can reach 80 to 130 feet depending on the volume setting. The Multi-Age Anti-Loitering device has two settings: Set at 17KHz the device will disperse groups in the between the ages 13-25 OR Set at 8 KHz to disperse people of any age from areas where loitering can be an issue such as subway terminals, car parks or any areas where people feel insecure at night due to other people loitering in the shadows etc. Both tones usually take effect within a few minutes Can be activated by timer and offers a 20 minute Auto cut-off Features:  Increased maximum range 130 feet 4 step volume selection  Audible beep on/off 20 minute auto cut-off Additional chipset for continuous running available for specific applications Activation timer control is installed 24 volt VCD is used to provide power Standard Security Cage is provided Applications Examples: Playgrounds Recreation Centers Churches Store Fronts Malls...

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How a Whole House Fan Works

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Important Information | 0 comments

How a Whole House Fan Works

If you live in an area with a moderate climate, you may be able to use a whole house fan for most of your cooling needs and reserve your air conditioner for the hottest hours of the day. Cools Your Entire Home – Both Living Space & Attic Whole House fans are typically installed inside the attic of your home, between ceiling and the living space. When the outside temperatures are cooler, you can open your windows and turn on your whole house fan. The cooler outdoor air will be drawn through your home because the fan will pull the air up into your attic. The added benefit is your attic will also be cooled. Whole House fans cool your home at a fraction of the cost of running your air conditioners. They are designed to pull out hot air from a house or building. A whole house fan serves the purpose of an exhaust system. Many people confuse a whole house fan with an attic fan, but the two accomplish different goals. Because whole house fans were cheaper than air conditioners and worked well, they began being used in the 1950s, primarily in the South. For homes or buildings with a whole house fan, the hot air is pulled into the attic. Due to positive pressure, air in the attic is pushed out through the vents or gables. Simultaneously, negative pressure is created in the living area, which helps to draw cooler air in through the windows. On the other hand, attic fans simply force hot air out of the attic. Attic fans don’t provide a cooling relief to the living area. Although whole house fans may be installed in an attic, they have a much more comprehensive goal of cooling the entire home or building. Generally, they should be installed on the highest ceiling on the property. A whole house fan is economical and practical. It can substantially lower the temperature in a home or building rapidly. It’s certainly much more affordable than air conditioning. Newer models of whole house fans are not only energy efficient, but environmentally friendly as well. Newer models are also much quieter than the older whole house fans models. Whole house fans can rapidly reduce interior temperatures Windows must be open for the whole house fan to work most effectively. These types of fans are best used in the morning or evening when the air outside is cooler and fresher. This will allow the cooler air to be drawn into the home when the whole house fan is turned on. In climates that are mild and temperate, a whole house fan can completely eliminate the need to have air conditioning, such as central whole house air conditioning. The operating cost of a whole house fan is much cheaper than running air conditioners. Home improvement experts agree that a whole house fan can be run at one-tenth the operating cost of air conditioning, you may be able to reduce your energy costs by 80 percent by installing an energy efficient whole house fan. Standard home size whole house fans are typically having a diameter of 24 to 36 inches, but the fan size may need to be adjusted to conform to the living space size. The price of installing a whole house fan...

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CTS Electric Is On Angie’s List Honor Roll

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Important Information | 0 comments

CTS Electric Is On Angie’s List Honor Roll

We made Angie’s List’s Honor Roll!

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Repair of overhead service lines Chester Springs, PA

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Important Information | 0 comments

During the February 2014 ice storm that caused havoc in Chester County PA, CTS was called to repair an overhead service line at a home in Chester Springs.  The pole was on private property and PECO does not repair poles that aren’t in public...

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