We specialize in new home construction & renovations providing a variety of services such as installing wire, panels, outlets, lighting and home animation among many, many other options to get your home powered up.
- Ground & arc fault protection
- Electrical additions
- Electrical home inspections
- Baseboard/in-floor heating
- LED lighting
- Wiring for:
- Hot Tubs
- Light fixtures
- Security cameras
- Security lighting
- Smart home
Service and Panel Upgrades:
- Upgrade your old 60A service to 100A service or even 200A
- Most insurance companies will not insure a home with a 60A service and panel.
- With increased demand on a home your old service may not be adequate for today’s code.
- Thinking of adding a secondary suite to your home? Your current service or panel may not be large enough.
- Will increase the safety and value of your home if you decide to sell.
- If you’re looking for a panel upgrade and want an electrician who will treat your home as their own while performing the service then give us a call at 403-475-9473.
- Only allows in the electricity your home needs and not the unruly over-voltages from the utility—then it protects your devices from any trouble that can occur from surges inside the house.
- Whole-house surge protective devices (SPDs) are typically wired to the electrical panel and located nearby to protect all the appliances and electrical systems in a home.
- Surges from lightning strikes don’t happen often, but surges from appliances and equipment within the home happen all the time. Each time the air conditioner shifts in its cycle, it can cause a surge throughout the home’s electrical system. Coaxial cables and structured wiring are also prone to these transient voltage surges.
- While surge protectors are designed to protect equipment from impulse transients, which are medium to large energy (6,000-plus volt) impulses created by lightning, power company surges, or transformer failure, surge filters handle low magnitude spokes between 50 and 500 volts.
Tiered Surge Protection:
- If you want that extra protection you can choose the tiered surge protection option. Just having a Surge Protective Device at the circuit panel is not enough to provide a true whole house surge protection network. The tiered approach is necessary to fully suppress the surge event to a manageable level for downstream electronic devices. Surge receptacles are becoming more popular again due to the increased awareness of the benefits of the tiered approach. Note that without the third level of protection, you do not truly have whole-house surge protection. The best protection is found when the Surge Protection Device is close to the equipment that is being protected; therefore surge receptacles are really your last line of defence.
- You might have plug-in surge protectors on some of your electronics, but you probably don’t have them for appliances with electronic circuit boards. Those electronics are sitting ducks for power surges generated by lightning strikes (even if the strike is miles from your home). Most newer appliances, cable boxes, exercise machines and that new Bose Wave are all at risk. And it’s not just lightning. Damaging power surges on the grid are common even when there isn’t lightning around. It doesn’t take much of a power surge to wipe out delicate electronics. It often costs as much to replace a circuit board as it does to buy a new device. That’s why everyone should have a whole-house surge protector. Those who live in rural areas are particularly vulnerable, especially if you live near the end of the power line. There’s nowhere else for the surge to go but into your house.
Switch and Receptacle Replacement:
- If your outlet and switches are not working we can help. We will troubleshoot and find the issue and then provide you the best possible solution for the problem.
- In your home, the most common electrical interfaces you’ll find are light switches and electrical outlets. The National Electric Code now requires a certain number of outlets to be placed throughout each room. To stay up to code, the electrical circuits in your home need to be able to support multiple outlets through each room. You also need to have GFCI-protected outlets near any open water source (the kitchen and bathroom), in outside receptacles, and in your garage.
- If you have an older house and are missing any of these basic code requirements, call Blue Wave Electric. We will examine your house to make sure everything is up to code, & we can fix any problems while we’re there. Installing a new electrical outlet or switch is simple, so an upgrade to a GFCI or AFCI outlet won’t take long at all.
Here are some Warning signs your switches & outlets may have started to wear out and need to be replaced:
- warm/hot to touch;
- cover plates are broken, cracked, or missing;
- dark area over the switch cover plate;
- outlet is in the shape of a tear drop;
- plugs fall out of the sockets easily;
- devices do not receive power when plugged in;
- you receive electric shocks from the faceplate;
- you have to flip the switch multiple times to make a connection.
- Loose connections can be a sign of frayed wiring or carbon buildup from electrical arcing. Both of these can be dangerous for your home. If your outlet is delivering even a mild electric buzz when you touch it, there is likely a grounding issue and it should be replaced immediately.