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As spring draws to a close, bringing with it the customary flurry of spring cleaning and household upkeep, we're excited to spotlight our Preventative Maintenance Package. Now in its second year, this program is designed to address a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of home maintenance – your electrical system.


While tasks like cleaning air ducts, flushing your hot water heater, and clearing gutters likely feature prominently on your yearly to-do list, ensuring the health and safety of your electrical infrastructure deserves equal attention.


Our curated service package consolidates the most essential annual electrical services into a comprehensive offering, allowing you to effortlessly schedule and address these critical tasks. With our program, you can confidently check off another item from your list, knowing that your home's electrical system is in expert hands, providing you with peace of mind and uninterrupted functionality.


This package includes:

  • Thermal imaging test

  • Check panel box and condition of all connections

  • Check for sizzling or buzzing from electrical panel

  • Light bulb replacement (limited to 5 replacements)

  • Check for proper use of extension cords and power strips

  • Check aging of smoke alarms and placement

  • GFCI receptacle test

  • Full home load test

  • Ground rod test

  • Check for appropriate surge protection

  • Check if electrical service capacity is adequate for present demands


Here are some details on a few of those important tests:


Comprehensive Panel Tune Up: Aluminum expands and shrinks with the weather, and most home builders use aluminum electrical panels.


Electrician working in an electrical panel

Panel tune ups--where, among other things, we address loose screws and do a visual inspection--can prevent hazardous loose connections which can cause melting and power issues, as well as spot any blooming issues (breaker problems or aging) and address them before they present themselves.


Ground rod test: Your ground rod is what directs electricity away from your home. It is perhaps the most vital part of your home's electrical safety system. We have a special ground rod test to test continuity of your ground rod, which should be done at least annually.


Thermal Imaging Test: Infrared thermography is a method of inspecting electrical equipment by obtaining heat distribution pictures. This inspection method is based on the fact that most components in a system show an increase in temperature when malfunctioning.


Whole house load test: We utilize a special testing tool to check every outlet in your home to ensure there is no stray voltage.


GFCI receptacles testing: Your GFCI receptacles (the plugs with test buttons on them) are a very important part of your home's safety system. We will test all GFCIs in your home to ensure they are in proper operating order and recommend replacement if needed.


What's not included in the package? We may make suggestions or find deficiencies in your system during our inspections and any replacements or installs would come at an additional cost which will be relayed to you after the visit (this could be GFCI replacement outlets, smoke alarm replacements, or additional panel repairs like separating double tapped neutrals).


In closing, our Preventative Maintenance Package offers a comprehensive solution to safeguarding your home's electrical infrastructure, helping to ensure it operates smoothly and safely year-round. As you consider your home's upkeep, let us handle the electrical maintenance, allowing you to enjoy peace of mind.


Thank you for reading! If you are interested in learning more about this offering, you can email us at info@thegloudemanelectric.com, or visit our informational page HERE.

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In the realm of home improvements, upgrading your electrical system might not always be the flashiest or most glamorous project, but it's undoubtedly one of the most impactful. From enhancing safety to boosting energy efficiency, investing in electrical upgrades can significantly elevate the functionality and comfort of your living space. At Gloudeman Electric, we're passionate about empowering homeowners with the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions about their electrical systems. Here are eight worthwhile upgrades you should consider:


  1. Receptacle and Switch Replacements:

Receptacles and switches before and after replacing

It's easy to overlook the importance of receptacles and switches until they start malfunctioning. Upgrading to modern receptacles and switches not only enhances safety and longevity, but also makes a very impactful difference in your home's aesthetic. Plus, with options like USB-equipped outlets, updating these devices gives you the opportunity to add these convenient benefits to your home's electrical system.

2. Surge Protection: Protect your valuable electronics and appliances from power surges with whole-house surge protection. Rather than relying solely on individual surge protectors plugged into outlets, a comprehensive surge protection system guards against voltage spikes throughout your home, offering peace of mind and safeguarding your investments. We talk about surge protection a lot, and here's a dedicated blog if you want to learn more: CLICK FOR SURGE PROTECTION BLOG.

3. LED Lighting: Make the switch to LED lighting for energy-efficient illumination that lasts. Whether you're replacing outdated incandescent bulbs or fluorescent fixtures, upgrading to LED bulbs and fixtures can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills. What should you replace? The most common replacements include:

  • Garage fluorescent bar lights

  • Outdated recessed can lights

  • Bulbs throughout home This update to sleek LED fixtures and bulbs minimizes maintenance, often improves visuals, and will save energy.

4. Adding Dimmers: Achieve the perfect ambiance and enhance energy efficiency by installing dimmer switches. With dimmers, you have precise control over the brightness of your lights, allowing you to tailor the lighting to suit different activities and moods. Not only does this add versatility to your home's lighting design, but it also extends the lifespan of your bulbs.

5. EV Charging: Embrace the future of transportation by installing an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at home.


EV charger with Gloudeman Electric van in background

Whether you already own an electric car or plan to make the switch in the future, having a dedicated charging station offers convenience and ensures your vehicle is always ready to hit the road. If you're getting a quote for an EV charger, we recommend reading our blog on how to compare quotes: CLICK HERE FOR EV BLOG.

6. Wiring for Portable Generator: Be prepared for power outages by installing a transfer switch and dedicated wiring for a portable generator. With this setup, you can easily connect your generator to essential circuits in your home, ensuring uninterrupted power supply during emergencies. Whether it's a severe storm or a planned outage, you'll have peace of mind knowing you have a reliable backup power solution. CLICK HERE FOR TIPS ON GENERATORS.

7. Update Old Ceiling Fans: Upgrade outdated ceiling fans with modern, energy-efficient models that not both enhance comfort and so complement your home's décor.

Side-by-side images of a ceiling fan before and after replacing

Look for fans with advanced features like remote control operation, reversible motor direction for year-round use, and integrated LED lighting for added functionality. It's amazing what updating your porch and interior ceiling fans can do!

8. Replace Smoke Alarms: Ensure the safety of your loved ones and property by updating old smoke alarms. You should have new smoke alarms installed every 10 years, so it doesn't hurt to check to see if they're due for replacement. Read more about replacing smoke alarms HERE.

Investing in these worthwhile home electrical upgrades not only enhances the functionality and safety of your living space but also adds value to your property. At Gloudeman Electric, we're committed to providing top-notch electrical services and helping homeowners create spaces that are both efficient and comfortable. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you elevate your home's electrical system.

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At Gloudeman Electric, we prioritize safety above all else. One of the most hazardous areas for DIY enthusiasts to tinker with is the electrical panel. While it might seem tempting to save a few bucks and handle panel repairs or breaker replacements yourself, the risks far outweigh the benefits. In this blog post, we'll delve into the dangers of working in your own electrical panel, important points of electrical panel safety, and why it's crucial to leave such tasks to qualified electricians.


Arc Flash: A Lethal Threat: Arc flash is a phenomenon that can occur when working with electrical equipment, including residential panels. It happens when an electrical current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another or to the ground.


Arc flash in electrical panel
Example of an arc flash. (Image from nachi.org/arc-flash-dangers)

This discharge produces a brilliant flash of light and intense heat, resulting in severe burns, blast injuries, and even death. Even a seemingly minor mistake, such as improper tool usage or accidental contact with an energized area can trigger an arc flash with catastrophic consequences such as blinding or other injury.



The Myth of Safety: Many homeowners mistakenly believe that turning off the main breaker renders the panel safe to work in. However, the truth is that the panel's bus bar--the metal strip/bar that conducts electricity within the panel to the breakers--as well as other electrical components in the panel remain energized even when the main breaker is switched off. This means that a potentially lethal voltage is still present, posing a grave danger to anyone attempting DIY repairs.


Why Electricians are Essential: Qualified electricians undergo extensive training and possess the necessary expertise to safely navigate electrical panels. They understand the intricacies of panel wiring, how to identify potential hazards, and employ specialized tools and equipment to mitigate risks. Their comprehensive knowledge ensures that repairs and installations are carried out efficiently and, most importantly, safely.


The Illusion of Simplicity: It might not seem like a big deal to do what you may feel is "minor" panel work like changing out a breaker yourself. However, though changing a breaker out might sound like a straightforward task, it can quickly turn hazardous without proper knowledge and precautions. Incorrect wiring and live circuits can lead to short circuits, electrical fires, and personal injury.


Accidentally slipping while using your screwdriver can have devastating results. There is additional risk to your home and appliances if you don't properly de-energize or know what you're working with.


What may seem like a minor error could have devastating consequences, underscoring the importance of leaving such tasks to professionals.


Panel Door Dangers: Even something as seemingly innocuous as removing a panel door to "see inside" can pose risks. The panel door serves as a protective barrier, shielding individuals from live electrical components inside. Mishandling the door or failing to secure it properly can expose individuals to electrical hazards. It is not infrequent that a panel door could be compressing wires on the inside of the panel if installed incorrectly, and when you remove that door, you could force the metal door to come into contact with a live wire--the same danger exists in trying to resecure the panel door after taking it off.


Conclusion: Working in your own electrical panel is not only risky but potentially life-threatening. From the dangers of arc flash to the misconception of safety, there are numerous hazards associated with DIY panel work. Instead of putting yourself and your loved ones in harm's way, entrust electrical panel tasks to qualified, licensed and insured electricians like Gloudeman Electric. Your safety is paramount, and it's not worth risking for the sake of DIY experimentation. Stay safe, and let the experts handle your electrical needs.


Andrew Gloudeman & Team

Gloudeman Electric, LLC

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