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5 Benefits to Owning a Home Generator

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So you’re on the fence about purchasing a new home generator. Our electrical experts are here to help. Here are five ways that you can benefit from getting a new generator installed for your home today:

1. Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

Winters can be brutal. In the case of a winter storm power outage, your pipes can be at risk for freezing if they’re located in unheated areas of your home. Frozen and burst pipes can cause flooding, and repairing the damage can cost thousands of dollars. If you’re able to keep your thermostat set to a warmer temperature during an icy winter, you minimize the risk of flooding caused by frozen or burst pipes.

If you are a snowbird, you may not be home to keep an eye on your pipes during the winter. With a home generator installed by the experts at Oliver, you’ll have peace of mind while you’re away. It’s recommended to keep your thermostat at a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius if you are expecting a bad winter storm.

2. Bad Weather & Local Blackout

We are no strangers to bad weather. With winter storms hitting the Northeast hard, one of our biggest concerns is losing our power. With a standby generator installed for your home, you will have peace of mind that if there is a local blackout, you won’t skip a beat.

During a bad storm, the possibility is high that your power may be out for 24 hours or more. What’s worse, a local blackout may occur without any warning. Bad weather is dangerous enough. You need peace of mind with your power so you can focus on other important preparations.

3. You Need to Keep Your Food Safe

The food being stored in your refrigerator is there for a reason: to stay fresh. Perishable items can spoil very quickly and you need to rely on your refrigerator in the case of a sudden power outage. It can only take a few hours for your food to spoil, and if you are not careful, it may even happen without you noticing. You may need to throw out hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries all at once if your refrigerator loses power.

Your family’s health comes first, and with a standby generator you are ensuring that the food you are storing stays fresh and healthy. In the long run, you can save thousands of dollars just by being prepared.

4. Safety Inside Your Home

In the case of a sudden blackout, you may lose the use of the lights inside your home. The sudden darkness increases the potential injury of your family members. Trying to navigate your home without a single light becomes dangerous when you’re not able to see any obstacles in your way. If you live in a multi-level home, you may run the risk of falling down or tripping on your stairs.

If you are able to continue using your lights, this will minimize the risk of falling, tripping, or running into sharp corners. This may be especially useful for any homes with small children or animals.

5. Increasing Home Value

If you intend to sell your home in the future you may be thinking, “why invest in a generator if I’m just going to move someday?” We have already covered reasons why a standby generator will benefit your home, but this list also applies to your potential home buyer. It may even be a good idea to share our blog with them if they’re not aware of these benefits already.

An experienced realtor knows the value of a home generator and should be excited to share it with anyone interested in purchasing the house. Someone in the market for a quality home would be glad to pay the asking price if they feel that the safety of their family is being considered.

A Bonus Benefit

At Oliver Heating and Cooling, we are experts at installing and maintaining the most effective backup power generator to fulfill your needs. Peace of mind is an important part of owning your own generator, and with the proper maintenance, you can be sure that your home is in good hands. Give us a call today at 1-888-810-2681 or request an appointment so you can be sure you will never be left in the dark.

3 Benefits of a Lutron Caséta Wireless Installation

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Have you always wanted more control over your home? At Oliver, we offer Lutron Caséta Wireless, a state-of-the-art home technology installation that can make your everyday life easier in a variety of ways. Here’s why our home electrical service experts recommend Lutron Caséta:

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5 Ways Humidity and Moisture Can Damage Your Home

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As a duct cleaning company, we understand how important it is for your home to be clean and your air quality to be healthy. In addition to changing your HVAC filters on a regular basis, we recommend installing a dehumidifier in the areas of your home that contain too much moisture and humidity. If these areas are constantly damp, it can lead to damages like:

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Why a Home Generator Is a Good Idea This Winter

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If you’ve been thinking about a backup generator for your home, our home electrical service experts can say that the idea is a great investment – especially during the winter. While the upfront costs of a generator may seem high, keep in mind that there are many benefits to installing one for you and your family:

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9 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Summer is over and autumn is quickly approaching, but is your home ready for the cooler temperatures? At our Oliver, we’ve put together nine ways to get your home ready for the fall (including calling our experts!):

Check for Drafts

Check your windows and doors for drafts so that your home doesn’t take on cold air when you don’t want it to. You can check them by lighting a candle and holding it near the area. If it flickers, there’s a draft. You’ll want to replace the weather stripping and/or caulking to get a nice, strong seal before the cold sets in.

Prep Your Washer & Dryer

All of those loads of summer laundry mean your washing machine and dryer have gotten a lot of use. Be sure to check your washing machine hose – one that’s too worn can burst and spill gallons of water very quickly. Also make sure that lint hasn’t built up in your dryer – too much lint can catch fire from the dryer’s heat.

Replace Your HVAC Filter

Summer comes with a lot of dirt, dust, pollen, grass, and other airborne contaminants. Start fall with a fresh, clean HVAC filter and you’ll be breathing easy as the temperatures get cooler.

Seal Your Walkway/Patio

If you have a paver walkway or a paver patio, take some time to seal it before the ice, snow, and cold temperatures hit. You’ll protect it all winter long and will love the way it looks come springtime.

Schedule a Furnace Check-Up

Make an appointment with one of our heating service experts to do a thorough check of your heater. We’ll make sure it’s working properly and ready to use once the temperature drops so you don’t experience any unwanted and inconvenient problems.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Grass roots will continue to grow until the ground temperature gets down to 40 degrees, so feed your grass a fresh helping of fertilizer to keep it growing strong through the fall and ready for winter.

Install Outdoor Lights

As it gets cooler, the days get shorter and there are fewer hours of sunlight, so why not install a few outdoor lights on your garage or ones that lead to your front door? You’ll light the way not only for yourself, but for your guests, too.

Test Your Detectors

Put fresh batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector and test them to make sure that they are working properly. This is a good thing to do every few months.

Insulate Your Pipes

When colder temperatures hit, your plumbing pipes could freeze and burst, causing big plumbing problems. Our plumbing experts can make sure your pipes are prepared for the fall and winter – just give us a call.

28 Safety Tips for Your Labor Day

It’s time to get ready for the last vacation of the summer – that’s right, Labor Day is this weekend and whether you’re hosting a Labor Day party for family or friends or hitting the road for a road trip, there are several things you can do to stay safe:

Grilling Tips

  • Keep children and pets away from any type of open flame.
  • Position the grill so that it’s in a well-ventilated area and away from trees, bushes, the house, and anything else that can catch fire.
  • Always use long-handed utensils and wear protective, fire-resistant gear when grilling.
  • Follow the instructions in the grill’s owner’s manual.
  • Have a fire extinguisher ready to extinguish flames if they get out of control.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Electrical Tips

  • Don’t use electricity around water, including the pool, sprinklers, hot tub, etc.
  • Inspect your extension cords for frays or other damage before using them.
  • If you’re hosting a party, make sure your guests stay away from power lines or electrical transformers near your home.
  • Keep your power tools safely locked away in your garage or shed.

UV Tips

  • Always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect your skin.
  • If you’re sensitive to sunburns, wear a hat and try your best to stay in the shade.
  • Stay hydrated – the sun can dehydrate you quickly.
  • Remember that UV rays bounce off of sand, concrete, and water.
  • If you do get burned, apply aloe to the burn on a regular basis.
  • Keep in mind the strongest UV index is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Swimming Tips

  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Check the weather before you decide to go in the pool, lake, or ocean.
  • Make sure children in or near the water are under supervision at all times and are nearby.
  • If you have a pool at your home, make sure it’s secured with barriers.
  • Never leave children unattended.
  • If it looks like rain, get out of the water as quickly as possible to avoid lightning strikes.

Road Trip Tips

  • Always have a first-aid kit and back-up food and water supplies in your trunk.
  • Before you leave, check your tire pressure and your fluids.
  • Never drive when you’re tired or if you’ve been drinking.
  • Make sure someone back home knows your destination, route, and itinerary.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Don’t text and drive. If you need to navigate, have a passenger do it for you.