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Winter Home Improvements in Cache Valley

It’s Cold Outside

Winter is almost here. As we move into the final days of autumn, the days are getting colder. Soon, the snow will fall. Temperatures for Cache Valley are predicted to be colder than last year. Good time to stay indoors, right?

Winter Home Improvements

When you say “home improvements,” we often think about fixing up the yard, redoing the roof, or other outdoor chores. You do these in the summer. Winter is a great time for indoor home improvements. Whether it’s adding insulation, replacing an outdated furnace, or just a simple repainting, there are lots of things to do when it’s cold. While you’re doing these, why not consider getting a couple of electrical fixes and upgrades?

Brighten Up Your Holidays

If you’re repainting your house, why not improve the interior lighting so your holiday guests can really appreciate it? Here at Kendrick Electric, we know how to fix up your lighting. If you’ve got flickering lights, or faulty light sockets, we can repair these hassle free. We can also improve on your lighting fixtures to give you the best quality of interior lighting possible.

New Fixtures for New Improvements

If you live in an older home in Cache Valley, you probably have older lighting fixtures. Sure, they work, but technology has improved a lot since your house was built. Old style fixtures and their light bulbs use up lots of power. Why have that extra expense on your electricity bill? Give us a call and let us switch out your old lighting for brand new LED appropriate fixtures. While you can buy LED bulbs and use them in old sockets (sometimes), older fixtures are sized for older, larger light bulbs. LED bulbs don’t look quite right in them. Let us replace them for you.

GeneracGet A Backup Generator

What good is new interior lighting if the power goes out? While you’re fixing up your lighting, why not consider getting a Generac backup generator? As the only Generac Authorized dealer in Cache Valley, we can deliver, install, and provide routine maintenance for the #1 best-selling backup generator in the United States. With a backup generator, you’ll never have to worry about losing power during a winter storm. Enjoy the comfort of your new improved interior lighting in the cozy warmth of your home while the winter wind blows outside.

Get In Touch

Whether you want a new generator, improved interior lighting, or just need some quick repairs done, Kendrick Electric has you covered. If you live anywhere in Cache Valley, we’ll pull up in our van and fix you right up. We’ve got the skills to handle all your electrical needs.

Generac Generator

8 Things to Consider When Buying A Backup Generator

Maybe you’re having problems with frequent power outages.  Maybe you just want to be absolutely sure you’re covered if something goes wrong.  Either way, you’ve decided that it might be a good idea to get a backup generator for your home.  Kendrick Electric is a Generac authorized dealer with over 20 years of experience.  We’re here to help you out with all your Generac generator needs.  But what do you look for in a standby generator?  Here are a few things to consider.

 

1. What are your power needs?

Generac Generator           While your budget may play a roll in answering this, the real question you have to ask first is this: do you want your generator to power the entire building, or just part of the building?  As a homeowner, this is largely preference, but both decisions come with different costs and different size needs for the generator.  If you want your generator to power your whole house, you’ll need to factor in power required for all electrical equipment.  This will require a larger generator, which may be a bit more expensive on initial installation.

If you’d prefer just powering a small section on an emergency basis, such as a living room or kitchen, the generator can be a smaller, less expensive unit; however more labor is involved.  You need a transfer panel installed next to your existing breaker panel to choose what circuits to keep running.  Or we can keep the transfer switch on the outside of the house and add relays to shut down equipment with large power consumption requirements.  This requires additional work to be done inside the house.  Be thinking about what you want your generator to do before you make your purchase.   Kendrick Electric can help you evaluate what you want and how to best serve your needs.

 

2. What fuel type do you want?

While gasoline might seem convenient, it’s a poor choice for fuel because of relatively short period of stability. There are two main fuel types for a Generac generator: propane, natural gas.   Costs for either of these vary depending on the size of the generator and the availability of the fuel type.  Propane provides an on-site fuel source, but you refill your fuel storage yourself.  Extended outages may require multiple refills.  Natural gas is supplied by a local utility station and avoids that problem, except in the case of a natural disaster that requires shutting off the gas lines.  You will need to upgrade your gas meter to connect it to your generator.

City ordinances and codes may also dictate what fuel you can use.  Some cities, for example, do not allow propane usage within city limits.  If you’re not sure about what’s allowed, you can speak to a local city representative.  Kendrick Electric, will be happy to find out for you.

 

3. Where will the generator be located?

Generac Generator            A generator will need to be installed in a location that provides easy access for maintenance.   If you’re installing it outside, it needs to comply with safety codes for minimum distance of 18” from house walls and 5’ from windows, doors, and vents. With these in mind, the generator should be located as close as possible to main service electrical panel and fuel supply.

 

4. Any special considerations for outdoor generators?

Some HOA areas have strict ordinances, so you should check with them first to find out what considerations they require.

 

5. What is the voltage requirement?

In the United States, the common low voltages are: Residential 120/240 volts single phase, Commercial Properties120/208 volts three phase, 120/240 volts three phase, and 277/480 volts three phase. If you are unsure of what your needs are, we are more than happy to help you find out.

 

6. Which type of transfer switch?

Transfer switches are automatic for standby generators, though manual transfer switches are possible.  We will determine the size of the switch based on what you decided for question 1.

 

7. Any additional accessory requirements?

There may be additional accessories available if you want them.  Residential systems typically have a remote panel that can tell you your Generac generator’s status from a particular location indoors so that you don’t need to go outside to check up on the generator.  Cold weather kits and other remote monitoring equipment may also be available.

            Cellular monitoring is also available with an app for your phone.  The app will let you know if the generator has started running, or if it has shut off due to an alarm.  It will also alert your generator service company of your choice.  Generac authorizes us to make any and all repairs to your generator.

 

8. What is the duration of the warranty?

Generac gives a 5-year warranty on all air-cooled generators sold.  The factory authorizes us to make full repairs during that period.

 

Maintenance For Your Generac Generator

Just like a car, your generator will need regular maintenance to keep it from breaking down.  Not only will Kendrick Electric install the generator for you, we also provide regular maintenance for it as well.  It’s easy to forget about your generator, especially if you go long periods without an outage.  Be sure to have us service it annually to make sure you don’t experience an unexpected equipment failure just when you might need your generator.  To keep the 5-year warranty valid, you must have routine maintenance performed on your Generac generator.  We are available whenever you need us.

Give us a call at (435) 752-1888, or get in touch with us through our main page contact form and we’ll take care of any issues you have as quickly and conveniently as we possibly can.