Electrical Services

Brighten Your Home with Creative Lighting Options

Having tasteful lighting in your home is an absolute must if you want a warm, comfortable space. Finding the right lighting fixtures and where to put them is a breeze with professional help. Here are different lighting options you can use and combine to create a brag-worthy environment.

Spotlights

Spotlights are an easy way to light up a specific area or feature within the home. Many homeowners use spotlights to help light up their kitchen counters or to highlight a painting.

Floor Lamps

In addition to providing light, floor lamps can add to the design of a room or add a point of interest to an empty corner.

Sconces

Wall sconces are a great source of lighting for both inside and outside your home. With so many different styles, you are sure to fine one you like!

Ceiling Fans

Buying a ceiling fan with a light is another way to illuminate a room. Just make sure to use LED bulbs as they last longer and help save both energy and money.

Recessed Lighting

Thoughtfully placed recessed lighting can add subtle light to a room. This type of lighting can make a room feel bigger as it doesn’t take up any floor space while highlighting key features.

Statement Lighting

On the opposite end of the spectrum from recessed lighting is statement lighting. This is exactly how it sounds: big, bold lighting pieces that grab your attention when you walk into a room.

 

Lion Home Service can install any lights you need! Visit our website or call at 970-829-8222 to set up an appointment today.

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Can Your Fans Handle the Heat?

We haven’t beat the heat quite yet! So how are your ceiling fans holding up? With the wear and tear of everyday use, your fans may not be working as well as they used to. Knowing when to repair or replace your fans as they get old is essential to being an educated homeowner.

When to Get a Repair

Occasionally, your ceiling fan might need some maintenance. For example, if your fan isn’t turning on, there could be a problem with the wiring or the circuit breaker. Make sure always to hire an expert when dealing with any electrical issues. Malfunctioning speed settings, flickering lights, and broken pull cords are all common fixes.

When to Replace Your Fan

Sometimes, you may need to replace your ceiling fan completely. As an easy rule, every 10 years, you should get a new fan to keep them from getting worn out. If your ceiling fan is wobbling or making strange new noises, it’s time to call a professional to install a new one.

Whole-house Fans

If you’re looking for a way to eliminate ceiling fans, consider getting a whole-house fan. These products can make a home cooler and less humid while also reducing your energy bills. In addition, by installing a whole-house fan, you can take down individual ceiling fans without losing any of the benefits that they provided.

Lion Home Service can repair or replace your ceiling fans as well as install whole-house fans. Visit our website or give us a call at 970-829-8222 to set up an appointment today.

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Electrical Code Compliance in Your Home

Code compliance can be a complicated subject. Here at Lion Home Services, we are always up to date on all of the newest electrical codes both in Colorado and nationally. We know it is easy to get into high-level terminology when reading legal code documents, so here are three of the most common electrical code violations we observe in the home.

Wrong Circuit Breaker

  • There are 3 types of circuit breakers
    • Standard
    • Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
    • Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)
  • Each of these types of breakers should be used in specific instances (ex: GFCI’s should be used with sockets around water such as those in the bathroom versus AFCI’s are better utilized in higher fire hazard areas such as living rooms)
  • Using the wrong circuit breaker can not only lead to the breaker not using energy as efficiently as it should but it can also lead to increased shock or fire hazard.

Old Wiring with New Devices

  • With some of the historic homes we see in Colorado, it is not uncommon to see outdated wiring used to support new home technology
  • Often times, these old wires simply cannot support the temperature created from the energy demanded from new devices
  • Continued fatigue on these connection can easily generate excessive heat, resulting in a fire

Grounding Issues

  • As you may know, all electrical must be grounded
  • Historically, it had been grounded in water pipes underground
  • As plastic has become increasingly more popular for pipes, metal rebar in the foundation is usually the best modern option
  • Ensuring your electric is properly grounded is key to sustainable electrical safety

 

If you have questions or concerns about whether your home is up to electrical code, Lion Home Service has your back. Just Visit our Website to set up an inspection appointment with one of our experts today.

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Cold-weather power outages: what to do before, during and after

Most cold-season power failures happen when winter storms bring freezing rain, sleet, and high winds, damaging power lines and equipment. Without a steady supply of heat, not only are you impacted, but your home can suffer from dampness, damaging walls, floors and plumbing.

Plan ahead before the cold comes

  • Put together an emergency survival kit and an evacuation plan.
  • Stock your pantry with non-perishable food and bottled water. Don’t forget your pet’s food.
  • Take time for some pre-winter home maintenance.
  • If someone in your home relies on electric medical equipment, register with your local power company and community emergency program.
  • Have a secondary non-electric heater installed, like a fireplace, wood stove or generator. Have it maintained regularly, and store fuel safely. For oil or gas stoves, make sure shut-off valves are installed by a qualified service expert.

During a winter power outage

  • Before you take action, make sure the outage goes beyond your home. Check your breakers or fuses and the power lines to your house. If the lines are damaged or down, stay back and call your electric company.

  • Stay warm… On top of dressing in layers and huddling under extra blankets, hang your darker ones on the windows to draw in heat. Keep doors and windows closed, and use towels to block drafts around them. If necessary, move to your basement, which may be more insulated by the ground.
  • …but keep your food cold. Food can stay frozen 24 to 36 hours if the refrigerator/freezer door stays closed. Add snow and ice from outside if it starts to thaw. Always have a bag of ice cubes in the freezer in case you have to evacuate or when you’re out of town; if the cubes melt and refreeze while you’re away, the food in the freezer will probably be spoiled.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned before using. Never use gas generators, camping stoves or barbeques indoors; keep them in well ventilated areas and don’t use them for heating your home. Be aware of using space heaters.

  • Listen for updates. Listen to the news on a battery-powered or hand-cranked device. If you’re using a cellphone, choose texting over calling to keep phone lines free, or use your landline. Save 911 for emergencies.
  • Prevent additional damage. Unplug appliances and electronics to avoid a surge when the power comes back on; leave one lamp on so you know when the power comes back. If you have electric heat, keep all taps on a slow drip to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.

If you have to evacuate

  • Turn off the main breaker, circuit breaker panel or power supply box.
  • Turn off the water main and drain water from the system; open all taps, flush several times, open the drain valve in basement, and drain the hot water tank into the floor drain. If you have a gas heater, turn out the pilot light.
  • Unhook the washing machine hoses and drain.
  • Add a small amount of antifreeze to water left in toilet bowls and sink/tub traps.
  • Clear valuables off the basement floor.

When the power comes back

  • If a burst pipe has flooded your basement, don’t go in until you’re sure the power is off. If equipment is flooded, don’t use it until it’s been checked by a qualified service expert.
  • If you turned off the main power switch, make sure appliances and electronics are unplugged before you turn it back on to prevent power surge damage. Wait for the electrical system to stabilize before reconnecting; start with the heating system, then appliances.
  • Turn the water supply back on. Keep the taps on the lowest level of your home closed to allow air out from the upper taps.
  • Fill the hot water heater before you turn it on.
  • Help the house dry by warming it slightly above normal temperature for a few hours.
  • Check your food supplies for spoilage. If the power has been out for two or three days, your freezer may still be frozen depending on the outside temperature. If it’s been a lot longer, don’t open your fridge or freezer; you may have to dispose of the whole thing.
  • Replace the items you used from your emergency survival kits.

Give us a call at Lion Home Service and we are happy to do a FREE Home Safety Inspection! We serve Electrical service needs in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor, Wellington, and surrounding areas

 

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New and Improved Total Care Club Membership

 

ALL OF YOUR HOME SERVICE NEEDS UNDER ONE ROOF!

Over the years, Lion Home Service has added services in an attempt to make our clients’ lives easier. We know that everyone is busy and our goal has always been to offer full home services, so that you only have to make one call to a company you trust.

 

OUR MEMBERSHIP JUST GOT BETTER!

We are now offering Roofing, Gutter, Indoor Air Quality, Safety and Septic annual assessments in addition to all the other assessments we have always offered our membership!

Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Drains, Indoor Air Quality, Safety, Roofing, Gutters, and Septic

Total Care Club Memberships will cover preventative maintenance assessments for Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Drains, Indoor Air Quality, Safety, Roofing, Gutters, and Septic services.

NOW EVEN MORE BENEFITS!

  • Free Estimates – we will gladly assess any repair needs within your plan and provide estimates at no additional charge to you for the duration of your club membership
  • Guaranteed Response Time
  • Priority Scheduling – Whether you’re calling for routine maintenance or emergency service, you will receive the earliest available scheduling.
  • 15% Member Rate Discount– 15% Off of Septic Pumping and ALL Repairs!*
  • Money Saving Coupons – that never expire
  • Maintenance Assessments
  • 24/7 Great Service Discount – emergencies don’t always happen when it’s convenient, rest assured knowing Lion Home Service is there when you need us. If you require emergency service, you will never pay a premium fee after hours.
  • Fast 0% Down, 0% Interest Financing Available

All for the same low cost!

1 Year and 1 month FREE- Total 13 months $299

2 Years and 1 Year FREE- Total 3 years! $499

3 Years and 2 Years FREE- Total 5 Years! $699 BEST VALUE !!

Heating

  • Check all the burners for proper operation
  • Check thermocouple for proper operation
  • Check the flue pipe
  • Check the inducer and blower motors
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check the safety switch and controls
  • Check the pilot assembly
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check drain lines and traps for proper function
  • Testing and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check gas valve
  • Check zone valves
  • Check expansion tank
  • Check aquastat, relay and water regulator
  • Check air flow across indoor coil and blower wheels
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Cooling

  • Check condenser coil
  • Check evaporator coil
  • Check blower motor
  • Check refrigerant charge
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check controls and safety devices
  • Check capacitors
  • Check condensate drain
  • Check relays and contactors for proper operation
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Check proper amperage and voltage of A/C system
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Indoor Air Quality

  • Free Annual Radon Test
  • Filter Inspection
  • Duct work inspection – video/pictures
  • Insulation Inspection

Electrical

  • Main Panel Check Up
  • Check all wiring in main panel for proper sizing
  • Check breakers and fuses for proper operation
  • Check outside meter and enclosure
  • Check outside main feeders
  • Check ground fault protection for proper operation
  • Check surge protectors
  • Check attic fans for proper operation
  • Check exhaust fans for proper operation
  • Testing of circuit breakers
  • Check all accessible lights, switches, dimmers, receptacles, ceiling fans
  • Check all main service grounding and tighten as needed
  • Check any outside and inside disconnects

Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

  • Check Water Pressure
  • Field Test Drinking Water
  • Check Washing Machine Hoses
  • Check all faucets for leaks to ensure proper operation
  • Dye test toilets to check for leaks to ensure proper operation
  • Check all drains for proper flow
  • Check garbage disposals for proper operation
  • Check all emergency shutoff valves for proper operation
  • Labels all main shutoffs at locations
  • Check main water meter
  • Check all outside spigots

Safety Inspection

  • 10 -Point Fire Safety check which includes but not limited to:
  • Check Carbon Monoxide alarms
  • Check Smoke Alarms
  • Check main disconnects

ROOFING*

  • 21-Point Roof Inspection
  • Photos taken on inside and outside of the roof with attic assessment

GUTTERS

  • 17- Point Gutter Inspection

SEPTIC*

  • 15-Point Septic Assessment – Includes but not limited to:
    • Check tank liquid levels
    • Tank construction and structural integrity
    • Access point structural integrity
    • Inlet/Outlet Tees and baffles
    • Checking for any cracks/leaks

During the year, your Lion Service Expert will perform a plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, roofing, gutter, and septic assessments. These assessments allow you to protect your home’s investments by ensuring all systems are running and performing correctly – saving you money on costly repairs!
For more information about starting your Total Care Club Membership, call 970-399-9940

*15% member discount does not apply to new roof installations or new septic installations. 15% off is applied to roofing repairs, septic pumping & repairs, Hvac installations and other inside repair services.

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How to Avoid Nasty or Life-Threatening Electrical Shocks

Most homes have a circuit breaker box that controls the flow of power to various parts of the home. If there is a power surge, the box may trip one or more circuits to prevent a larger problem from occurring. When resetting a circuit or otherwise working around electricity, it is important to take steps to avoid electrical shocks.

Always Be Wary of Live Wires

It is important that you never assume that there is no power just because a circuit has been turned off. Ideally, you will conduct a test to determine if there is any electricity being generated before touching a circuit breaker box. Alternatively, you can call a professional from Lion Home Service in Fort Collins to help with an electrical project. Our services range from installing smoke detectors to checking the wiring throughout your home.

Use Materials That Don’t Conduct Electricity

It may be in your best interest to use tools that are made from rubber or wood as they won’t conduct electricity. This is another precaution that you can take to ensure that you don’t get shocked even if the circuit breaker is turned off. Most metals are considered to be conductors, which means that they can transfer an electrical current from a circuit breaker to your skin through a screwdriver or other tool.

Follow the Instruction Manual

If your circuit breaker box comes with an instruction manual, it is a good idea to use it. There may be detailed instructions directly from the company that made the box that can help to keep you safe. It may also be a good idea to call the electric company to ask for tips or other insight that can help to keep you safe around a breaker box.

We can also help repair or install heating and cooling components in a timely, professional and affordable manner. The next time that you need to fix your home’s electrical grid or need a water heater, give us a call right away!