Most homes in the United States mainly have standard outlets that can handle 110V. For those appliances that need more power, 220V outlets are installed.
110V is typically the amount of current the wire can handle before it becomes unsafe, and the amount of voltage supplied to the outlet.
220V is, very simply put, 2 wires that combined produce twice the amount of voltage to the outlet.
Why Not Make Them All 220V?
Copper wire is expensive, so generally homes are built with mainly 110V outlets.
220V also present safety concerns. Many of us have been shocked by an electrical outlet at some point in our lives, a 220V outlet will feel like twice the shock, and twice the pain.
Why Do We need 220V outlets?
For rooms with appliances such as a washer, dryer, oven, furnace, etc, that require the extra voltage, 220V outlets are installed.
Douthit Electric can install 220V outlets whenever you plan on adding a new large appliance to a part of your home that is not currently equipped to deliver the required power.
Douthit Electric has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. When you need help with your next appliance installation, check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!
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Ceiling fans are a great accent to rooms and are an energy efficient way of creating air movement all year long in Charlotte. While many might think the only thing they need to consider is how it will look, there are many factors involved in making the right ceiling fan purchase.
Your fan size will be determined by the square footage of the room you’re going to be installing it in. If you want to take advantage of all that your fan can offer you, its power needs to match the room size. Too small, and it will not effectively move the air, too large and you’re wasting energy and money.
36” = up to 75 sq. ft. room
36-42” = 75 to 144 sq. ft. room
44-50” = 144 to 225 sq. ft. room
50-54” = 225 to 400 sq. ft. room
Want an efficient ceiling fan? Pay attention to the motor! DC fan motors are smaller and lighter than the typical AC motor. They will save you up to 70 percent of energy and generate more torque.
Energy Star-Rated ceiling fans are always a great option. They pass rigorous testing by the EPA and are definitely worth considering.
Most ceiling fans offer the common basic pull chain, but there are other options that should be considered. We all love our remote control. Ceiling fan owners are no different. Remotes are ideal for high ceilings and places that are hard to reach … and they offer the most convenience.
Wall control is another option that can be a great solution for high traffic rooms with a single switch.
Douthit Electric has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. When you need ceiling fan installation, check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!
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It’s always a good time to do a basic electrical safety checkup of your Charlotte home. This week let’s take a look at the health of our indoor outlets.
- Have you noticed any of your switches or outlets not working?
- Do any of your switches or outlets seem to be discolored?
- Do any of your switches or outlets get warm when in use?
- Have you noticed any popping or cracking from any of your switches or outlets when you use them?
- Do plugs still fit snugly into all outlets?
Take a look around your room. How many outlets do you see? We often don’t realize just how many outlets we have in our homes until one stops working. It only takes 1 faulty outlet to create a disaster. In most cases, a licensed electrician can quickly fix a faulty outlet and recommend any additional safeguards you might need.
Watch for our future posts on tips about the use of extension cords in our homes and the safety of our fuse box. Our simple list of things to look for can help keep your house away from electrical mishaps.
Douthit Electric has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. Check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!
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Oh no! It’s time to put all those beautiful decorations away! There are so many storage possibilities and gadgets to try to make the process go more smoothly now. Here is just one website you can check out: www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/12-smart-ways-to-store-holiday-decorations.
Common sense will also prevail to make the process go easier. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Before recycling all that packaging material that came with those presents, consider if any of it can be used to wrap fragile ornaments in.
- If any strands of lights are not working, don’t put off until next year what should be decided today. Now is the time to either fix them or trash them. Do you have essential decorations that need to be replaced for next holiday season? Seasonal sales might have just what you are looking for at a much lower price.
- Label boxes or consider clear bins for storage. You know what items are used first, store them last for easier access next year.
Few of us like taking the time to pack away decorations correctly. Just remember that you will have so much more holiday cheer when you can reap the reward from your labor next holiday season.
Lastly, were you held back from decorating by the lack of electrical outlets available or outdoor lighting safety? Now is the time to consider doing some upgrades to increase the potential for lighting next year … and also your year-round lighting options. Everything from landscape lighting to flood lights to preparing for next year’s holiday spectacular … Douthit Electrical can help!
Douthit Electrical has been helping the residents of Charlotte and surrounding areas with their electrical upgrades since 1990. Check out our money saving coupons and then give us a call for prompt courteous service.
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What a beautiful time of year this can be! If you’re considering making your Charlotte home a holiday wonderland, have you decided which lighting is the right one for you?
There are so many types of lighting now to choose from. Here’s just a few decisions you should make before going on that lighting shopping trip:
1. LED or incandescent? Incandescent lights are cheaper, but LED lights will last longer and are much more energy efficient.
2. Bulbs come in so many shapes and sizes. There is no right or wrong answer, but consider where you will be attaching your lights before you go shopping. Will you be attaching to the house, decorating the bushes, lighting up trees? You can have bulbs, net lights, rope lights, oversized ornaments, and the list goes on and on.
3. Do you have everything you need to install the lights correctly? Do you have a power source to turn all those lights on?
We can never stress the importance of GFCI Installation enough. Douthit Electrical can help you decide if you need an upgrade. Don’t let all that work go to waste. Ensure that your Charlotte home is safe and that your home is a joy to behold.
Call the experts at Douthit Electrical to make sure your home is ready for holiday lights! Make sure to check out our money-saving coupons when you call. We’d love to help keep your home lit for the holidays!
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Holidays mean different things to different people, but for most of us it means time with family/friends and huge holiday dinners. The kitchen is where almost two thirds of home fires start. That’s why making sure to practice electrical kitchen appliance safety is so important.
GFCI outlets are at the top of the list when it comes to making sure all those kitchen appliances are hooked up safely. Find out why at our blog post, “Why GFCI Installation in Charlotte is So Important for Electrical Safety“.
Microwave/Blender/Food Processor should always be kept away from water sources. Also, if they don’t seem to work as well as they once did, they should be replaced. Take care to keep their cords away from anything hot.
Stoves will see a lot of use during the holidays. Make sure they are clean and in good working order for all that cooking. Keep an eye out for anything that could catch fire while your guests are “checking” on dinner.
Cooking fires are the #1 cause of fire in the home … usually caused by unattended cooking. While it is easy to get distracted with so many guests, take special care to not have a fire interrupt your holiday.
When it comes to electrical repair and replacement, call the experts at Douthit Electrical to help keep your Charlotte home and business safe! Make sure to check out our money-saving coupons when you call to make an appointment.
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Thanksgiving is here and many of us have already started hanging up decorations to celebrate the holiday season. If you like to hang lights outside around your Charlotte area home you want to make sure that they are plugged into a GFCI outlet. If you do not have a GFCI outlets the electrical safety experts at Douthit Electrical can easily provide this important safety upgrade.
What Is a GFCI outlet?
A ground fault circuit interrupter are special outlets that stop the flow of electricity when they sense that a person is being shocked. They are normally installed in areas where electricity and water may come into contact. They are commonly used outside because of rain and snow and the potential for electrocution. If you use power tools you should also be using a GFCI outlet. A GFCI outlet will protect your power tools and appliances from electrical damage.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Keep your Charlotte, NC home safe from fire and your family safe from electrocution. Hang those holiday lights but make sure to plug them into a GFCI outlet. GFCI outlets are hassle free but should be installed by an expert. For fast and friendly service you can count on call Douthit Electrical today.
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Halloween might be scary, but electrical hazards such as worn or damaged electrical outlets are far more frightening! Not only do damaged and outdated electrical outlets interfere with how well your electrical appliances work, but they also increase the risk of electrical shock and fires.
Along with customer satisfaction, safety is a top priority at Douthit Electrical. Electrical outlet replacement and repair are examples of important Charlotte electrical upgrades that will make your home safer and more energy efficient.
Take a look at these six scary and spooky signs it’s time for new Charlotte electrical outlets!
- They aren’t GCFI outlets To minimize the chance of electrical fire and shock, all outlets in any home or business should be GCFI outlets; no exceptions! If you have any outlets that aren’t GCFI’s, call us immediately to have them replaced!
- Your home is a few decades old and hasn’t had an electrical upgrade Historic homes are filled with character and charm due to their age, however time takes a toll on their electrical systems. Outdated electrical outlets and wiring pose many dangers, so it’s important to schedule a Charlotte electrical inspection with us to identify ways to make your home safer.
- Sparks If your electrical outlets spark when you plug in an appliance or device, it needs to be replaced immediately. Sparking poses a major fire hazard and is typically the result of a short circuit or worn connections.
- Circuits frequently and suddenly trip A circuit that frequently trips is not only inconvenient and maybe even a bit spooky, but it also indicates it’s time for electrical upgrades, such as new electrical outlets.
- Wobbly and loose sockets Constantly plugging appliances and devices in and out can cause the spring mechanisms in electrical outlets to become loose. It may seem harmless, however these loose connections are a serious fire and safety hazard and should be repaired immediately.
- Burned, cracked outlet plates Never plug an appliance or device into an outlet that is cracked or discolored from burns. This could indicate a number of major safety concerns, such as overheating connections. Cracked outlet plates expose loose terminals that put the entire household at risk of electrical shock.
Charlotte electrical upgrades are a must when it comes to electrical safety. When it comes to electrical outlet repair and replacement, trust the experts at Douthit Electrical to keep your home and business safe!
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Fall is a season of big change, and these changes can have impact on your home’s electrical system and how you use it. Although electrical safety should be a priority year round, fall activities, holidays, and cooler temperatures make being diligent about electrical safety especially important this time of year!
Ensuring the safety and satisfaction of our customers is a year round job at Douthit Electrical, and one we’re happy to do. Our wide range of professional Charlotte electrical services help our customers stay safe with the passing of each season. And with the arrival of fall, you can always “fall back” on Douthit Electrical for electrical system maintenance!
Use these simple indoor and outdoor electrical safety tips for fall in Charlotte!
- Keep ladders, trimmers, and other outdoor tools and equipment away from overhead wires Whether you’re cleaning the gutters, hanging lights, or trimming branches, staying clear of overhead wires and avoiding contact at all costs is essential!
- Safely store your seasonal outdoor equipment To prevent electrical shock and malfunctions, it’s important properly store warm weather equipment. Drain lawn mowers, trimmers, warm weather tools of fuel and store in a safe, dry area. Before using cold weather tools like leaf blowers, check their cords and batteries for signs of damage.
- Keep dry leaf piles away from outdoor lighting, outlets, and power cords As fun as they are to jump into, dry leaf piles can be a potential electrical fire hazard and should be a safe distance away from electrical appliances, lighting, and power sources.
- Always plug outdoor tools and lighting into GFCI outlets Ground fault circuit interrupters, or GCFIs, are crucial when it comes to electrical safety. They help to prevent electrical fire and shock by cutting off the flow of electricity when it becomes unstable.
- Know how to use your electric blanket and space heater properly The improper use of electric blankets and space heaters can result in electric shock or fire. Never use these devices if their cords are damaged or frayed and be sure to strictly follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Never run electric cords under rugs You might be tempted to cover up the sight of an electric cord by throwing a rug over it, but doing so increase the risk of electrical fire.
Falling for these electrical safety tips will help to keep your household safe as the seasons change! Fall is also a great time for Charlotte electrical system maintenance and electrical upgrades. For fast, friendly, service you can count on, call Douthit Electrical!
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The electrical panel can be seen as the “brain” of your home’s electrical system. It’s “smart” enough to trip or cut of flow of electricity when there’s an electrical overload in order to prevent electrical fires. Because electrical panels play such an integral role in your home’s electrical system and its overall safety, it’s important to know when it’s time for an electrical panel upgrade.
At Douthit Electrical, our professional Charlotte electricians strive to take the guesswork out of helping our customers practice electrical safety and maintain their home’s electrical system. If you’re ever in doubt as whether or not you’re in need of a Charlotte electrical panel upgrade, you should call us and schedule an inspection. When it comes to electrical safety, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
So how do you know when it’s time to have an electrical panel upgrade performed by our licensed Charlotte electricians? Here are 5 signs your electrical panel needs an upgrade ASAP!
- If you have to rely on extension cords and power strips It’s much safer and far more practical to upgrade your electrical panel and have more outlets installed instead of being overly dependent on extension cords and power strips.
- If your home still has a fuse panel and doesn’t rely on an electrical panel With so many new kinds of electronic gadgets and tech, today’s home need a safe way to deliver clean, uninterrupted power to all of these devices. And while there’s technically nothing “wrong” with fuses, they’re extremely outdated — and not in a cool, trendy kind of way. Fuses can usually be found in homes built before the 1960’s, and are incapable of meeting today’s electrical demands. They’re inefficient and unsafe!
- If your electrical panel is “acting up” If the electrical panel is constantly tripping or you hear snaps, crackling, and popping noises coming from it, or none of your electrical appliances seem to be working right, call us to schedule service right away!
- If a home remodeling project is in the future Home renovation projects require a lot of electrical power, so may need to upgrade your electrical panel prior to construction in order to safely supply more power and accommodate the addition of any new major electrical appliances, such as a new hot tub, refrigerator, or air conditioner.
- If you have old, worn, and faulty electrical wiring Some things, such as wine or cheese, improve with age. Electrical wiring however, sees a sharp decline in both efficiency and safety as it ages. If your lights constantly dim or flicker, you feel a slight tingling or mild shock when touch an electrical appliance, or you catch a whiff of a burnt smell near an outlet or see signs of discoloration around it, it’s definitely time for Charlotte electrical upgrades.
For electrical panel upgrades in Charlotte, upgrade to friendliest and most knowledgeable electricians in town by calling Douthit Electrical!
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