The electrical systems in your home provide you with comfort and convenience, but they can pose a safety risk if you don’t keep them well maintained. Our home electrical services help homeowners throughout Calgary keep their lights, appliances, and other electrical fixtures working reliably—but you should also learn to recognize potentially dangerous electrical problems for […]
Electrical Requirements for Legal Basement Suites
Basement suites provide value to tenants and landlords alike—they often represent more affordable rentals, while allowing homeowners to partition their properties into numerous eligible units. But for a basement suite to be legal in Alberta, it needs to meet specific electrical requirements. These standards help ensure that basement suites are functional and safe for their […]
Hardwired vs Plug-In Appliances
Electric appliances provide modern conveniences to homeowners—most often in the kitchen, where they’re used to help prepare, cook, store, and even serve food. But the appliances you and your family rely on at home aren’t all designed to be plugged into wall outlets. Some of these devices are hardwired directly into your home’s electrical system! […]
Common Wiring Issues in Old Homes: 1900s-1950s
Older homes have a certain style and character that can be incredibly endearing, and their lower price tags often make homeownership much more plausible. Although living in these older homes can be a rewarding experience, they also come with some potential issues—including the condition of their electrical wiring. The electrical wiring in homes built in […]
Different Types of Dimmers
Dimmer switches can help you reduce your energy output, improve the ambience in your home, and save money on maintenance. While all dimmers provide these benefits to some degree, not all of these devices are built the same. In fact, different types of dimmers are designed to work with specific loads and lighting sources. 4-Star […]
The Ultimate Guide to Aluminum Wiring
Aluminum wiring was never technically made illegal in Alberta, so it still exists in many older homes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean aluminum wiring is ideal—or even safe. Learning more about aluminum wiring and its properties can help you learn what to do if the wires in your home use this common but outdated material. […]
￼What Separates a Qualified Electrician from a DIY “Expert”?
Not everyone who offers to upgrade your electrical panel or replace your aluminum wiring is necessarily a qualified electrician—and hiring someone who doesn’t have the proper skills or knowledge to do safe electrical work is a risk you should never take. But how can you tell the difference between a reliable electrician and a DIY […]
Smoke and CO Detectors: They Save Lives!
Smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation can be deadly. Over 300 deaths and 200 hospitalizations occur in Canada each year as the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, and one in every seven unintentional fire-related deaths in residential buildings is due to the absence of a working smoke alarm. Those numbers are scary, but they illustrate an […]
Is Aluminum Electrical Wiring Safe?
Many different materials go into building a home, and as time goes by, technology and standard practices are always evolving. When it comes to electrical wiring, different conductors perform on different levels. In today’s new home construction, copper is king when it comes to electrical wiring. Aluminum wiring can provide a path for electrical current […]
Why Do Electrical Outlets Stop Working?
For most people, the intricate maze of wires behind their outlets is a mystery. We just expect to plug in our devices and magically have them work. So when your phone doesn’t charge, your alarm doesn’t go off, or you can’t get your morning coffee fix, it’s important to know the reasons why. And important […]