Ceiling Fan Installation

Ceiling Fan Installation

Ceiling fans are a must here in the summer time. A ceiling fan can make any indoor and outdoor space more comfortable.  Check out the below article for some tips on choosing the right ceiling fans for your space and what to expect when getting them installed.

Choosing the best fan for your spaceJoyner Electric & Security Does Ceiling Fan Installations

The primary purpose of a ceiling fan is to circulate the air and make the space a bit more comfortable.  You may be able to save money by bumping your thermostat up a degree or two and not notice the difference once your ceiling fan is installed.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

There isn’t anything much better than sitting on your back porch and enjoying the warm weather while sitting comfortably under a ceiling fan.  Seriously, if your covered outdoor space doesn’t have a fan, you are missing out.   When choosing an outdoor fan, make sure it’s rated for outdoor use and in our coastal region, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s weatherproof.

Indoor Ceiling Fans

Different room sizes require different fan sizes.   How much fan is too much fan?  Energy Star gives a basic guide to choosing the right fan size.

  • Up to 75 square feet = 29-36 inch
  • 76-144 square feet = 36-42 inch
  • 144-225 square feet = 44 inch
  • 225-400 square feet = 50-54 inch

Ceiling height also needs to be factored in.  Depending on your ceiling height, you may want a flush mounted ceiling fan or a downrod mount ceiling fan.  Usually, fans will come with a downrod mount but if your ceiling is extra tall the downrod mount that came with the ceiling fan may not be a good fit for your building.

Getting It Installed – What to Expect

Angie’s List reports that the average cost for a ceiling fan installation in 2013 was around $200.  Depending on your current electrical wiring situation, however, the cost can fluctuate.  If you want a fan installed where there is already wiring, the cost will usually stay on the lower end of the range.   If there is no wiring in that part of the house or building, it’s likely to take the electricians a little more time on the job so expect to pay a little more.

Who to Call

Joyner Electric & Security has been doing business in Savannah and the surrounding areas since 1975. We are licensed and insured and guarantee all of our work. All of our employees are background checked before getting hired so you can feel safe when we send out our team.  Give us a call today.  Ceiling fan installation is no problem for this team.  Give us a call today.

What our customers say…

“The team worked fast and was very courteous.”
– Homeowner in Port Wentworth, GA
Project: Install a Ceiling Fan
Date Reviewed: 5/10/16

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Sparking Outlets – Possible Fire Hazard

Electrical Safety Hazards – Sparking Outlets

When you’ve got sparking outlets, it may be time to call a pro.  Listed below are some reasons why outlets could spark.

Everyday / Normal Sparking

You plug in a small appliance or lamp and there is a tiny spark.  When power is transferred to that appliance, there will be a quick draw on the available power.  This results in that tiny spark you saw and is sometimes normal.  However, if you continue to see sparking in a single outlet, it may need to be looked at by an electrician.

Poor Installation or Repair

Many times this is due to a DIY attempt or a lazy installer. When a receptacle is installed, wires should be connected to the screw terminal.  The installer may have simply stabbed the wire in the back rather than connecting it to the screw terminal. This is not necessarily wrong but it is better practice to connect via the screw terminal rather than stab lock on the back. If you aren’t sure how to install an outlet, please call a pro that is licensed and insured.

Old or Loose ConnectionsOriginal outlets in a 1982 home. Outlet is old and connections are loose. This could lead to sparking outlets.

Outlets wear out just like anything else that gets used everyday.  You’ll know your outlets are old when the plug doesn’t stay in or just barely stays in the outlet. Loose connections can result in short circuits and electrical fires.

Water Damage

Water damage in an outlet causes oxidation which will result in poor connection between the outlet and the plug. Poor connections cause heat and will eventually burn up your receptacle.

Exposed and Frayed Wires

Electrical wires are covered with and insulating material which prevents electricity from conducting through it.  If your electrical wires are exposed and not covered by some time of insulating material, a serious spark can occur.

What do I do when my outlets are sparking?

If the spark is something you are concerned about and believe it could be one of the last 4 reasons listed, go ahead and turn the breaker off to that outlet and call a professional.

Who to Call

Joyner Electric & Security has been doing business in Savannah and the surrounding areas since 1975. We are licensed and insured and guarantee all of our work. Give us a call today.  Sparking outlets should not be a do it yourself project.  Please call a licensed electrician.

What our customers say…

“Mr.Joyner came on an emergency basis,and removed a wall plug that was sparking and flaming.He was patient and polite,and did a good job.I would recommend him to anyone who needs an electrician.I will use him and his company again with confidence that the work will be done right,and priced fairly.”
– Byron C. of Rincon, Ga on 4/28/16
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Accent Lighting

What is accent lighting?

Accent lighting highlighting business sign. Savannah ElectricianAccent lights are supplemental light sources in your space that can soften your space and enhance the atmosphere.  You generally see accent lighting in outdoor spaces to illuminate a pathway or highlight architectural design or garden art.  In indoor spaces, accent lights are used in a variety of ways like backlighting framed art or adding soft undercabinet lighting.

Why add accent lighting to your space?

Many people pick out their main light fixtures and are left with a harsh light and not a very inviting space.  Put a dimmer on your main lights and add some accent lights to soften the space.  You can create a clean look with custom accent lighting that enhances the atmosphere of your indoor and outdoor spaces.  Direct attention to wall hangings and art or position accent lighting low to highlight a hallway.  Add presence to your space and wow your guests and customers.

Indoors Spaces

  • Highlight hallways.
  • Direct attention to art.
  • Use backlighting to create a dramatic effect.
  • Light up your kitchen with under cabinet LED lighting.
  • Light up your stair case with stair lighting along the steps or under the rail.

Commercial Building Accent LightingOutdoor Spaces

  • Illuminate a path or walkway.
  • Direct attention to garden art.
  • Create a dramatic presence with uplighting.
  • Draw attention to a pond or other natural feature.

What kind of lighting to use?

Adding accent lights can be as simple as putting a couple of lamps in a room but if you want a crisp clean and custom look, you should look at track lighting or LED strip lighting.  If you know the look you are going for but aren’t sure about how to get that look, just give us a call.

No matter what kind of lighting you want to use whether it be sconces, recessed, track lighting, or LED strips we can help you with your accent lighting project.

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Electrical Panel Upgrade

You may need to upgrade your electrical panel or you may just need it serviced or inspected. First, let’s go over the basics.

What is an Electrical Panel?

Your panel channels power from your power company into your home. At the panel, the power is divided and sent throughout the house or building. In order for your home appliances and light fixtures to work, your panel has to be updated and maintained.

Burnt Electrical Panel
Does my electrical panel need servicing or maintenance?

The electrical panel naturally warms up and cools down in accordance to the load demand placed on it. With this warming and cooling constantly going on, many connections in the panel will become loose. Loose connections cause a higher amp draw and a higher amp draw causes HEAT. Heat causes loose connections; it is a vicious cycle that will grow. With little to no maintenance, small problems will slowly arise, usually unnoticed and can grow into major problems and sometimes become catastrophic (FIRE).

Do I need to upgrade my panel?

These are situations when you may need to upgrade your panel.

  • Remodeling / Renovation
  • Addition of a major appliance like a chest freezer or spa
  • Building an addition
  • Panel is being overtaxed. Most homes require at least 150 amps.
  • Home has one of these panels / boxes.
  • Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) Panel – Fire hazards
  • Zinsco Panels
  • Fuse Box
  • Flickering or Dimming Lights when something is turned on
  • Circuit breakers tripping frequently
  • Panel is over 25 years old

Ultimately, your electrical panel is very important to your home or workplace and if not cared for, it can become a safety hazard. Be safe and give Joyner Electric and Security a call to set up an inspection to make sure your panel is running as it should.

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Cost Effective Lighting

Energy Consumption

Every year, about 30% of energy consumed in commercial buildings is wasted according to EnergyStar.gov and about 19% of all energy used is for lighting alone. If you are paying sky high electric bills here are some options to reduce your costs. Thankfully, we can help you with some cost effective lighting options.

Retrofitting Halide Cans to LED. Huge savings on electric bill. Cost effective lighting.
Retrofitting 175 Watt Metal Halide recessed cans over to 40 Watt LED.  Huge savings on power bill.  No warm-up time – instant on.

Reduce Energy Consumption

  • Install motion sensors or occupancy sensors in low to no traffic areas.
  • Integrate lighting controls in your work place.
  • Replace your exit signs with LED exit signs. According to EnergyStar, this will save you $10 per sign per year.
  • Replace incandescent and CFL bulbs with LED light bulbs in your floor and desk lamps.
  • Retrofit or upgrade fixtures to house LED lights.
  • Upgrade outdoor pole and parking lot lighting to LED.

This chart compares the cost of running 30 bulbs for 7 days a week and 12 hours a day.

LED CFL Incandescent
Watts 240 (8 per) 450 (15  per) 1800 (60 per)
Electricity Cost (11cents / kwh) $115.63 per year $216.81 per year $867.24 per year
Lifespan 50,000 hours 8,000 hours 1,250 hours
Number of times changed bulb during LED lifespan 180 (6 per) 1200 (40 per)

 

Cost Effective Lighting

LED is the clear winner in the chart. CFL comes in 2nd and incandescent is the outdated energy hog. While compact florescent lamps may be energy efficient, they contain mercury which means they need to to be handled with care and disposed of properly. LEDs are durable, power up quickly, aren’t effected by cycling on and off quickly and give off little heat.

Upgrade to cost effective lighting options.

What Our Customers Say

“Arrived when they said they would, completed the work quickly, and best of all- cleaned up their mess! Thanks for the electrical work and making our entrance brighter with the new LED lights.”

Nancy V. of Lowcountry Basement Systems | Review on Google

Who to Call

Joyner Electric and Security provides lighting consultations and surveys for retrofitting light fixtures, area lighting, parking lot lighting, outside pole lighting, emergency lighting, nursing facilities, banquet room lighting, warehouse lighting and more. We provide creative and cost effective solutions for results that will meet your expectations. Retrofitting light fixtures is an area that might just serve you best. Let us help you with your outside and indoor lighting issues and we will find the best solution for you.

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IEC in Georgia Gains New Members

The Atlanta and Georgia Chapters of IEC have welcomed new contractor members.IEC Member

May 15, 2015  –  Electrical Construction and Maintenance

Article originally published on ECMweb.com.

Joyner Electric and Security, which is joining IEC Georgia, is a licensed and insured electrical and contracting company that has served the Savannah, Ga.  and southeast for more than 45 years. This family-owned business is driven by a second generation Joyner, CEO, James Melvin Joyner. His father Frank’s slogan, “Don’t Be in the Dark, Call the Experts,” established a platform for top quality electrical work.  Joyner continues the electrical excellence started by his parents.

The company offers a wide variety of electrical and security services to the residential, commercial, and industrial markets. Aligning with IEC and its resources will only amplify the quality offered by the company…