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  • Often the biggest challenge for someone with a budget

    by David Audy on 05/28/13

    There are very few good reasons to do your own electrical work in your home or small business. Some people think that they can save themselves a lot of money by not hiring Victoria electricians, which is great, but let us look at what the potential difficulty or dangers that one might encounter when they are trying to do so. Have you considered that there are laws against you doing your own work? What about risks of fires or explosions? What if you lost everything you own and insurance would not cover you? What if someone you love dies? Not using electrical contractors in Victoria BC could be a risky move.

    Often the biggest challenge for someone with a budget is to get all their electrical work done for as cheap as possible. They think that they are capable of doing the work because maybe they saw a Victoria electrician doing it before and it seemed easy. A Victoria electrician has years of training, and although it may seem easy when you watch a trained professional, it rarely is. Victoria electricians know exacly what is safe and what is not. They know the laws and the electrical code, which greatly improves your chances to not encounter any problems. If someone was to do their own work, how would they know if they followed the proper codes and laws? When you hire electrical contractors in Victoria BC, they have the responsibility to not only stay current on those codes and laws, but to also ensure that their Victoria electricians also stay trained and up to date on them. As an individual, do you know what causes fires or explosions when you do your electrical work? Victoria electricians know full well that improper terminations, wires touching each other and shorting out, or too many wires closely interlaced together can create heat and lead to fires. A Victoria electricians also knows that if you were to touch the wrong things with your tools they could explode and several hurt you. Even a seasoned Victoria electrician can sometimes make a mistake and blow his tools up, so how much more for the unseasoned homeowner or business owner? Some explosions can cause 3rd degree burns to your body, is that worth saving a few dollars? Victoria electricians know to turn off the circuits that feed the wires on which devices they are working on. They have the tools to see if those circuits are safe to work on and de-energize. Did you know that an electrical shock as minimal as 0.005ma can kill you? Did you also know that most outlets in your home carry 3-4amps at any time? That is enough to cause death. Are you willing to risk your life to save a few dollars? If your property was to catch on fire due to improper electrical work, the insurance company would not cover you. Is it worth losing everything you’ve worked so hard for? Electrical contractors in Victoria BC must be insured and if something was to happen, you would be covered and not lose any of your hard earned possessions. Finally, what if some of the work you did caused one of your family members to die? Maybe they get shocked, or a fire burns down your house. How would you feel knowing that because you wanted to save a few dollars one of your family member had died? Victoria electricians are worth every penny. Everytime you hire an electrical contractor in Victoria, you are making a wise investment.

    I hope that by reading this blog post that you now will think twice about doing your own electrical work. There is not greater piece of mind than to hire electrical contractors in Victoria BC. You can rest and sleep at night knowing that the chances of those misfortunes happening to you are lowered greatly by using qualified and trained Victoria electricians. Thank you for reading this, and if it saves one person from making a fatal mistake, then, we, at Absolutely Electrical are indeed very happy.

    Thank you,

    David Audy

    owner

    of Absolutely

    Electrical

  • The challenges of electrical contractors

    by David Audy on 05/28/13

    There are very few good reasons to do your own electrical work in your home or small business. Some people think that they can save themselves a lot of money by not hiring Victoria electricians, which is great, but let us look at what the potential difficulty or dangers that one might encounter when they are trying to do so. Have you considered that there are laws against you doing your own work? What about risks of fires or explosions? What if you lost everything you own and insurance would not cover you? What if someone you love dies? Not using electrical contractors in Victoria BC could be a risky move.

    Often the biggest challenge for someone with a budget is to get all their electrical work done for as cheap as possible. They think that they are capable of doing the work because maybe they saw a Victoria electrician doing it before and it seemed easy. A Victoria electrician has years of training, and although it may seem easy when you watch a trained professional, it rarely is. Victoria electricians know exacly what is safe and what is not. They know the laws and the electrical code, which greatly improves your chances to not encounter any problems. If someone was to do their own work, how would they know if they followed the proper codes and laws? When you hire electrical contractors in Victoria BC, they have the responsibility to not only stay current on those codes and laws, but to also ensure that their Victoria electricians also stay trained and up to date on them. As an individual, do you know what causes fires or explosions when you do your electrical work? Victoria electricians know full well that improper terminations, wires touching each other and shorting out, or too many wires closely interlaced together can create heat and lead to fires. A Victoria electricians also knows that if you were to touch the wrong things with your tools they could explode and several hurt you. Even a seasoned Victoria electrician can sometimes make a mistake and blow his tools up, so how much more for the unseasoned homeowner or business owner? Some explosions can cause 3rd degree burns to your body, is that worth saving a few dollars? Victoria electricians know to turn off the circuits that feed the wires on which devices they are working on. They have the tools to see if those circuits are safe to work on and de-energize. Did you know that an electrical shock as minimal as 0.005ma can kill you? Did you also know that most outlets in your home carry 3-4amps at any time? That is enough to cause death. Are you willing to risk your life to save a few dollars? If your property was to catch on fire due to improper electrical work, the insurance company would not cover you. Is it worth losing everything you’ve worked so hard for? Electrical contractors in Victoria BC must be insured and if something was to happen, you would be covered and not lose any of your hard earned possessions. Finally, what if some of the work you did caused one of your family members to die? Maybe they get shocked, or a fire burns down your house. How would you feel knowing that because you wanted to save a few dollars one of your family member had died? Victoria electricians are worth every penny. Everytime you hire an electrical contractor in Victoria, you are making a wise investment.

    I hope that by reading this blog post that you now will think twice about doing your own electrical work. There is not greater piece of mind than to hire electrical contractors in Victoria BC. You can rest and sleep at night knowing that the chances of those misfortunes happening to you are lowered greatly by using qualified and trained Victoria electricians. Thank you for reading this, and if it saves one person from making a fatal mistake, then, we, at Absolutely Electrical are indeed very happy.

    Thank you,

    David Audy

    owner of Absolutely Electrical

  • Home automation, the future is now!

    by David Audy on 05/11/14

    We all have basics needs as customers, which are met on a daily basis in Canada. We are very fortunate to live in such a great country, that some of our basic necessities are considered a luxury in many parts of the world. For those of us who think that is still not enough, we have amazing technology these days that make living life so easy, its almost ridiculous. Ask any electrical contractor in Victoria BC and they will tell you that the future is now. We have timers that turn on electrical devices at a set time for us, to wireless phone controlled lights, and even motion sensor lighting. There are also thermostats who can be fully programmed to turn on and off at certain days or times, security cameras that turn on and will follow someone if it detects movement. Lets talk about them more in detail.

    There are some simple technology systems that can be automated using an electronic or mechanical timer. A Victoria electrician can install one of these handy devices that can turn on or off lights at certain times, start or stop a sprinkler system in your yard, or activate your deadly electrical fence at night. Timers are easy to install for an electrical contractor in Victoria BC, and are relatively inexpensive. For those that prefer something a bit easier to manage and wish to have their lights come on automatically when someone comes near their home or business, you can use a motion sensor switch or eye to turn on any indoor or outdoor light quickly. This can scare away any robbers who think he has darkness on his side. Better yet, a Victoria electrician can install even more intricate technology these days. We now have the power to turn on or off lights, plugs, security systems, door locks and even music, using our wireless phone or any computer. The best part of this is that you don’t even need to be at the location. You could be enjoy the Cancun sun, or perhaps some fresh sushi in Japan, and check in on the house or business by typing a few keystrokes on your laptop. These systems tend to be expensive to install and require a Victoria electrician who has been trained by the various manufacturers to install such a system. While it may be out of reach for the average home owner, several businesses find them to be a valuable tool to keep an eye on employees while they are away, or just to have some peace of mind that things are being done.

    Thermostats nowadays have vastly improved one of the most expensive electrical systems in a home: heating. Without going into too much detail, you can now fully program any in-floor heat pad to turn on shortly before you wake up, preventing those cold floor from waking you up too quickly. For those who have baseboard heaters, you will find you can cut your costs by nearly 30% by using a basic programmable thermostat. You can also have them automatically turn on an hour before you come home, or just to turn down the heat an hour before you go to bed under those hot duvets. Some thermostats can communicate with their friends in other rooms, and this enables them to properly sense who needs to be on or off. This type of thermostat has a phenomenal efficiency. Ask an electrical contractor in Victoria BC how much money you can save for your business or home, and he will tell you that its well worth it to spend 75$ for a thermostat that could pay for itself within a year or 2 in energy savings.

    Security cameras have come a long way. Some of them are now smarter than the average college professor. You might think that they can be lazy by only waking up when they feel an intruder is coming near, but then they quickly focus on the task at hand and will zoom in and out and follow the person of interest. Some of these automated smart cameras can cost thousands of dollars, but when they save you thousands of dollars in potential stolen goods, you can bet they are a hot item. While not necessarily great for a home owner, business owners will find themselves giddy at being able to finally catch that person who keeps taking away their hard earned money.

    I hope this was an interesting read, and as you know, I am always looking for topic suggestions. If you have any electrical topic in mind, let me know, I would be happy to share my expertise with you.

    thank you,

    David Audy, owner of Absolutely Electrical inc.

  • The new trends in electrical devices and gadgets in Victoria,BC

    by David Audy on 04/15/14

    Today I want to talk a little bit about some of those special items that you can potentially install in your home to make it stand out from your neighbors, or to appeal to people out there for general resale value. As an electrical contractor in Victoria BC, I get to see trends develop among the population as I do my day to day business with innovators that live in this region. Some people contend that the wealthy are those who lead the market by obtaining all the new electrical gadgets, and it slowly trickles down into the various lower classes of society, becoming the new standard. A Victoria electrician is the first person to witness these changes because we have to learn about these new systems and devices in order to be able to install them for our wealthy clients. I am going to share with you some of those luxury items that have become a new trend and are quickly becoming the new standard of living. Some of the items I will cover are in-floor heating, LED bulbs, under counter lighting, dimmers and surround sound speaker systems.

    In-floor heating has been around since 5000BC. No, this is not a joke. Of course there were no electrical contractors in Victoria BC back then, but caveman would draft smoke from fires through stone covered trenches which were excavated in the floors, and this would in return heat up the living space. It took some time to get to the systems Victoria electricians install today, which are much more efficient. In-floor heat is simply amazing, no longer do you have to stand on freezing floors. One of the main advantages is not just the comfort aspect, but also a more evenly distributed heat compared to a baseboard heater or even a heat pump. You can also certainly have a programmable thermostat which will turn it on at a set time in the day so you won’t be wasting your electricity. In-floor heating can be found mainly in washroom and kitchen tile floors, but can be installed almost anywhere. If you want to add a touch of luxury that can be seen in many high end hotels or the wealthy’s homes, ask a electrical contractor in Victoria BC to come give you a quote free of charge

    LED bulbs are simply amazing, for their energy efficiency and relatively low cost in comparison to other alternatives. Victoria electricians love them because they last 25 years and are perfect for those hard to reach light fixtures in which you dread having to replace the bulb every year or so. Some people have been shy in adopting this new trend, but there is ample evidence that it is the way of the future. The price for LEDs have dropped sharply, and can be bought for about 10-15$ a bulb these days. The next best option is compact fluorescent, filled with mercury and dangerous gases, and these bulbs are about 5$ each. When you do the math, 25 years vs 5 years, you can see that LED bulbs are much cheaper in terms of maintenance and replacement. This does not take into account the immense savings on your electrical bill. A 50w light bulb can be replaced by a 9w LED bulb, with a whooping savings of 82% in electricity. LED bulbs pay for themselves within a few years, and after those years, they start to make you money. Any electrical contractor in Victoria BC will tell you, go LED!

    Under counter lighting can create some beautiful mood lighting in your kitchen or washroom. Have you ever considered installing a tile back splash? you must do yourself a favor and get this lighting system. When you spend a lot of money on a marble/granite back splash, what better way to see it in all its glory than to illuminate it so everybody will notice? A Victoria electrician can install under cabinet lighting that will wow all your guests. LED versions are almost equal in price to standard styles, and you can have them retrofitted without making a big mess. Another trend has been to install them above your cabinets to create a beautiful glow on the ceiling. When you spend 30000$ for kitchen cabinets, its well worth it to spend 500-750$ in lighting to showcase those beautiful handmade designs.

    Dimmers have been and will continue to be one of the cheapest ways to create a welcoming atmosphere. Not only do home owners love them, but also businesses have started to notice and install them to create a more relaxing shopping environment. Dimmers will save you money as well, because you are not using as much wattage to light up the space. There is something luxurious about having dimmers in bedrooms, living rooms and even the kitchen. An electrical contractor in Victoria BC can install a dimmer cheaply, and it will certainly make your visitors or customers feel at home.

    Surround sound speakers are probably the newest trend out there in terms of toys one must have in their home. Businesses have used them for years because they recognize that having well distributed soothing music will help in selling merchandise and for shoppers to stick around longer in their stores. Here you can spend anywhere from 1000$-100,000$ on a sound system, depending on how fancy you want to go. Most people do very well on the lower end and simply install a nice 4 speaker system in their living room to give them that movie theater experience. Others will enjoy having a system that will play throughout the house in their bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. You can go with seperate wall controls so that one zone will hear the music, while another will be silent. A Victoria electrician can quickly tell you how many speakers or wall controls you need to meet your needs. The most popular option is a living room installation, and every customer that gets that movie theater experience at home loves it. Every time I have been in a home with ceiling mounted speakers, I always think that this is one of the best bang for your buck installation you can get.

    As you can see, things are changing fast. In 10 years, we will probably see all the options above as part of everyday life. What is seen today as a luxury is becoming quickly more affordable and the new standard. If you are interested in having us come and discuss with you any of those possible upgrades to your home or business, just give us a call at 250-704-6808 and we will gladly share all the information with you.

    thank you,

    David Audy, owner of Absolutely Electrical inc.

  • Did you get an electrical inspection done your house before you bought it?

    by David Audy on 03/05/14

    This is a very important question indeed.

    The first thing most people will do, since they have little or no trades skills will be to call a variety of local companies to get quotes or estimate. Absolutely Electrical gets a lot of calls from new homeowners, or business owners who have recently bought and we get the chance to see a lot of interesting things. The people that hire us as their electrical contractor in victoria bc often want us to add lighting, a new electrical service, or perhaps some plugs that are needed to make their appliances work.

    As a trained electrical contractor in victoria bc, we have a keen eye since we are always on the lookout for dangerous electrical work done by handymans, or unlicensed electricians. Many people think that the job of a victoria electrician is clean and easy, but they do not know that we spend a lot of time in attics and crawlspaces, which can be very challenging and interesting. Sure enough, it doesn’t take long before we start doing an electrical inspection and find electrical that looks less than stellar. Getting a home inspector to check out your new home or business building is a good move, but did you know that they only have vague knowledge of most trades? Did you know that they may not be well versed in the current electrical code? Do you also know that they may not be able to tell you if something is dangerous enough to endanger your safety? The problem with home inspectors is that you never know if they are doing a very good inspection, or a poor one,since you are likely not going to be there when they do their job. How do you know if an home inspector looked very carefully under every piece of insulation in your attic? how do you know if your home inspector went into that wet and dirty crawlspace? From my experience, I can tell you that home inspectors don’t like to work too hard or get dirty. How do I know this? because as an electrical contractor in victoria bc, I constantly find really bad and dangerous electrical work that wasn’t spotted by these so called experts. Some of the things they miss can be so obvious, in plain sight and accessible, that you wonder how its possible for them to have missed these electrical issues. Most inspectors say they spend 2-3 hours inspecting a home. So why is it that I spent 10-15 minutes and find critical, life changing defects in electrical worksmanship, that could potential ruin your entire life and that of your family. An an electrical contractor in victoria bc, I often get to be the bearer of bad news and announce to the proud owners that their home inspector missed some very dangerous issues in their electrical wiring. Why does this keep happening? why does it happen so often? I believe a regular home inspector simply does not have enough training, or doesn’t care enough perhaps. At absolutely electrical, we care about your safety. We would encourage you to always get an expert electrician in victoria when you buy a house or any building, and have us do a full electrical inspection. We will spend at least 1 hour inspecting all your electricals and that could save you family’s life and your own. It truly is worth it to spend an additional 100$ to have peace of mind. Electricity is the most dangerous force in a home, so be sure that its all in good condition, you will be happy you did. Another reason I am writing this blog today is that since you did not know that your home was a potential fireball waiting to happen, now you find yourself faced with huge repair costs in the 10s of thousands of dollars to make the place safe again. Dont you wish you had hire an electrical contractor in victoria bc now?

    Call us today to book your electrical inspection by a certified electrical contractor in victoria bc at 250-704-6808

    David Audy, owner of Absolutely Electrical