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  • Fans

    FANS – No Air Conditioner? No Problem

    If you don’t have the benefit of central air conditioning in your home, there are still several things you can do to keep your space comfortable during the heat of summer. Improving the air flow with the use of fans can make any space feel up to 4 degrees cooler by creating a wind-chill effect....... READ MORE

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    Are you Grounded?

    A pilot might be grounded because of mechanical issues and therefore prohibited from flying a plane. You might feel grounded after a year of Covid-19 home isolation, but cheated out of the experience of bad behaviour to justify it. Webster’s Dictionary defines grounded as ‘mentally and emotionally stable, sensible, realistic and well-balanced. All things we...... READ MORE

  • Electronic Equipment

    Electronic Equipment

    Today’s modern household now has a lot of electronic equipment. Digital electronic versions have replaced older style kitchen appliances. These digital versions come with numerous operational features to choose from. Most homes have more than one personal computer and a TV or entertainment component in any room, including the bathroom, is not unheard of. With...... READ MORE

  • Electrical Permits

    Electrical Permits

    Electrical permits are important to everyone, to the extent that they fall under the public Freedom of Information Act. This means that anyone, from insurance providers, realtors and potential home buyers to your next door neighbor, can search your property’s permit history by contacting your area regulating authority and providing your street address. The following...... READ MORE

  • Electrical Inspection Assessment

    Electrical Inspection Assessment

    Do you need an Electrical Inspection Assessment for your home? Homeowners sometimes perceive any type of inspection with trepidation. In this case the information is for their benefit and safety. An Electrical Inspection Assessment, completed by a certified electrician, is important to every homeowner. General Home Inspection vs Electrical Inspection Assessment There is a significant...... READ MORE

  • COVID-19

    COVID-19

    COVID-19 has certainly turned this world upside down. When we first started hearing about this mysterious corona virus on the news back in December 2019, we assumed this was a terrible problem in some distant country on the other side of the planet. We had no idea how much it would eventually affect our daily...... READ MORE

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    Phantom Power

    Phantom power is when appliances and electronics continue to draw power even when they are turned off, but still plugged into a power outlet. According to BC Hydro, this adds up to about 10% of an average BC household’s annual electricity. This does not include appliances that need constant power such as the fridge, freezer,...... READ MORE

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector - Blue Crest Electric

    Do I Need A Carbon Monoxide Detector?

    Every year, Canadians die or become ill because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless toxic gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. If your home has one or more fuel burning appliances, or an attached garage, you should definitely have carbon monoxide detectors installed on every level of the building. Some...... READ MORE

  • Supplementary Electric Heating - Blue Crest Electric

    Supplementary Electric Heating

    Now that fall has arrived and the weather is getting colder, homeowners have turned off circulating fans and AC units and may be looking for supplementary electric heating options. When your home’s primary heating source is not adequate, or you are looking for additional heat in a specific area, supplementary electric heat may be the...... READ MORE

  • Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring - Blue Crest Electric

    Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring

    Owners and perspective buyers of older homes often face insurance concerns with aluminum wiring. New policy applications, or the renewal of existing policies, may require an electrical inspection to confirm the presence of aluminum wiring in the home. Insurance companies consider aluminum wiring in the home to be a greater risk than copper wiring. Aluminum...... READ MORE

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    Summer Electrical Maintenance

    With summer in full swing, some homeowners may be noticing higher electrical bills. When the weather gets warmer, air conditioners or fans are used to keep homes cooler. Having a summer electrical maintenance routine will help to beat the heat and keep your electrical costs down. The following is a checklist of some summer electrical...... READ MORE

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    Thunderstorm

    A recent incident in BC had one woman receive a jolt from an electrical current after lightning hit a power pole near her home during a thunderstorm. At the time, she was holding her cell phone which was plugged into a charger. Electrical currents from a lightning strike will travel through overhead cables, wires and...... READ MORE