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Here is an example of what can happen when aluminum wiring is not properly spliced inside a box that houses switches or receptacles. This photo was taken at a customers home in Twin Rivers, NJ. What you can see in the photo is a burnt box in a wall that was housing two switches.

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Warning signs, such as warm-to-the-touch face plates on outlets or switches, flickering lights, circuits that don't work, or the smell of burning plastics, can indicate a fire hazard within 15- and 20-ampere aluminum wiring circuits. A failure in the circuits can lead to electrical arcing and a serious fire, which can spread within the walls of a home before being detected.

Here’s how to keep your lights burning, heating or cooling system cranking, and TV blasting…even when your neighbors have lost all power.

At best, losing electrical power is a nuisance…even if just for a couple of hours.

At worst, it can cost you hundreds of dollars in spoiled food…not to mention possible risks to your family’s health and security.

And power outages are no strangers in our neck of the woods…thanks to major storms, utility company overload, and a host of other potential causes.

What’s a careful homeowner to do?  For absolute peace of mind, we highly recommend a whole-house generator.

Keep in mind…we’re not talking about the kind you buy at your local hardware store.  Those are noisy, run on gasoline, and emit noxious carbon monoxide fumes… just as your car does.  Equally important, they generate only enough power to keep a couple of appliances running at any given time…which means no central air or heat!  Plus, they need a fresh supply of gasoline every couple of hours.  Not much of a solution, is it?

There were at least 64 deaths in 2005 alone from CO poisoning associated with generators. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

 

At Team Electric, Heating & Cooling we provide and install generators that can literally power your entire home, or only those circuits and appliances of greatest importance to you until the public power supply is restored.

With a professionally-installed generator from Team, you’ll also enjoy:

•No smell of gasoline…our whole-house generators run on natural gas or propane, which means they’ll run for as long as you need them to;

•Greater security knowing you’ve bought a high quality product from a licensed electrical contractor;

•Years of faithful use with a simple annual tune-up.

A whole-house generator, fully installed, costs about the same as a new central air conditioning system.  Is it worth it?  That all depends on how much you value an uninterrupted flow of electricity to your home.  At the same time, we offer long-term  financing to help make your purchase more convenient, and more affordable.

 

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This is a photo of a recent mast service upgrade done in Ortley Beach, NJ. Barry the electrician on the job, who is rightfully proud of his work, took the photo. This is an example of the quality installations that are done by Team all over central New Jersey. Team worked in conjunction with the local power company in order to facilitate this project based on their requirements.

Here is an example of a poorly maintained air conditioning coil. What you can see is the amount of debris that is clogging the airflow that cools the home. As a result of this type of clog there will be reduced performance and increased utility bills. Call Team today to schedule an appointment in New Jersey.

Visit the Team Air Conditioning Site for more information or to book a service call.

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Forgotten what it feels like to be cool and comfortable in your own home? Then perhaps it’s time for a new or replacement central air conditioning system. But before you start stirring up the iced tea, here’s a guide to help you choose wisely.

There are lots of ways to “keep the cool” around your home.

Sitting on a block of ice, for example. Fast and sure relief, but a little inconvenient…

especially while mowing the lawn. Wait, how about an outdoor swimming pool? Wonderful to have, but not so wonderful when it comes to your home’s resale value. So let’s see now, what does that leave? Hmmm….

Central air conditioning, of course: the ultimate relief-giver in the warm months. And in some cases, a medical necessity for people with allergies and other health-related issues.

So whether you’re thinking new or replacement, here’s a guide to help you get the most system for your money in the shortest amount of time possible. For starters, if you already have central air and/or forced-air heating, a new system can be installed in less than a day with existing ductwork. A lot of that depends on just how well and evenly your ductwork now distributes air throughout your home…that’s something we’ll analyze for you.

You also should consider purchasing a combined, high-efficiency heating and cooling system, especially if your existing furnace or boiler is more than 10 years. You’ll pay a little more for the installation, but you’ll make back the difference -- and more – with increased energy savings. Not to mention a great big boost in your peace of mind.

Just how much cooling system do you need? That depends on several factors, including:

· Approximate square footage

· One or two stories

· When your home was built

· Number of openings (windows and doors)

· Extent of weather-stripping and insulation

When all is said and done, you can expect to purchase an AC system with about one ton (12,000 BTUs) of air conditioning per 1,000 square feet of house.

After determining the tonnage your home requires, it's then a matter of choosing a unit with the appropriate SEER rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. We also work hard to provide you with noise-free and draft-free operation

The number of doors and windows in your home also plays a role in choosing the right size and type of system. The more openings you have, the harder your system will have to work to maintain the desired temperature.

If central air has been on your mind lately, then Team would like to help you get the most system for your money. Give us a call, and we’ll start the estimating process right away.  TeamAirConditioning.com

For better system performance and maximum energy efficiency, now’s the time to consider having us inspect and clean your central air conditioning system.

Central air conditioning systems…you plug ‘em in, turn ‘em on, sit back and enjoy the “cool.”  No worries, right?

If only things were that simple.  But that doesn’t mean you really have anything to worry about…not with Team on hand to help you maximize your investment in year-round indoor comfort.

First of all, let’s look at some cooling system realities:

•    Most repairs occur with systems at or more than 5 years old;
•    Complete system replacements are 35% more likely in the absence of ongoing maintenance;
•    Major system repairs cost between $250 and $1,000;
•    Most indoor health risks can be minimized or eliminated with proper system maintenance;
•    By keeping your system in top working order, you can cut your monthly energy costs by about 25%.

So what exactly does an air conditioning system tune-up consist of?  Well, at Team, we leave no cooling element unturned.

For example, we:

•    Clean your filters, and replace them if necessary;
•    Inspect condensor & evaporator coils;
•    Inspect blower motor & wheel;
•    Inspect the safety controls;
•    Lubricate and inspect all motors;
•    Adjust belts if necessary;
•    Examine and calibrate refrigerant controls;
•    Verify and adjust operating pressures;
•    Verify proper amperage and voltage for your compressor, evaporator and condensor motors.

Something that thorough must also be expensive, right?  Not hardly.  And now, we can make it even more affordable with the coupon below.  That’s right, simply call Team today, For a $89 complete air conditioning system tune-up.  Think of it as insurance for the long haul, and a good way to offset even the hottest and stickiest weather this summer in New Jersey has to offer.

About 55% of American home owners have their heating-cooling equipment professionally serviced at least once a year, according to a recent survey of home owners across the country by Honeywell, Inc., which makes a variety of electronic heating-cooling controls.

They're the smart ones. An annual heating system "clean & check" tune-up is one of the best home maintenance investments you can make. (Oil-fired heating systems generally require more frequent service, at least twice per year.)
What about the 45% of home owners who neglect annual maintenance? They pay the following penalties:

* Fuel bills rise as much as 10-15% as a result of inefficient equipment operation. It's like having a fireplace that burns money.

* Accelerated equipment wear. Annual maintenance extends equipment life as much as 20 - 30%. This translated to an additional 5-10 years of usage for your furnace or boiler.

* Most service contractors will tell you that about 75% of all repairs they do could have been avoided with regular maintenance. Heating system repairs typically run into the hundreds of dollars - more fuel for that money burning fireplace.

* Most important, annual heating inspections can save your life and those of your loved ones. Small cracks in a heat exchanger or problems with the flue system could allow deadly carbon monoxide gas to seep into your home. Hundreds of people in the U.S. lose their lives each year in these tragedies. A trained service technician knows how to spot danger signs in the system.

Incomplete fuel combustion and high flue gas temperatures are the main causes of low heating efficiency. A competent service technician will perform a variety of tests to measure the combustion efficiency of your system both before and after tuning it up. The service technician should also clean and check (replacing if necessary) the burner, combustion chamber, heat exchanger surfaces, oil line filter and flue pipe. Pumps and fans should be lubricated if necessary. With boilers, the technician should take time to remove sediment from boiler and steam lines, as well as checking the fan thermostat on warm air systems. Otherwise the fan may operate longer than necessary, wasting energy.

Modern heating equipment is very sophisticated. The well-equipped service technician has an array of electronic measuring devices and tools to properly service these units. Some old-timers still operate with old "eyeballing" methods, such as adjusting the flame on a burner merely by looking at its color. While many of these old timers have remarkable skills, they simply are not up to the task of keeping a modern heating system operating at peak efficiency. Put your trust in a properly equipped service technician.

While heating inspections can be done at any time, early fall is the most popular time for most home owners to schedule these visits. Many contractors advertise inspection specials at this time of year.

To avoid the rush, many home owners have their fall heating inspection done as part of an annual service agreement offered by some contracting companies. Typically service agreement customers receive priority in scheduling and discount pricing for any repairs not covered by the agreement. A service agreement also is a good way to ensure you don't forget about scheduling regular heating system maintenance.

While service is important, beyond a certain point even the best maintenance cannot save an antiquated system. In fact, efficiency improvements over the last couple of decades have been so dramatic that if your boiler or furnace is more than 20 years old, it's quite possible that it would make economic sense to replace your present system even if it is still operating well.

Also ask your contractor about low-cost energy efficiency improvements that can be obtained from devices such as automatic flue dampers and clock programmable thermostats. The latter presets the temperature at different times of day so you can keep the house cooler when unoccupied. Programmable thermostats typically pay for themselves in fuel savings within one or two years.

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Advances in lighting controls add ambiance, convenience and safety.

What if you could change the personality and ambiance of a room in an instant? And establish yet another mood just as quickly? It’s easy as the flick of a finger with today’s controlled lighting advancements. In fact, lighting controls are the most cost effective way to change the aesthetics of a room. One control can illuminate several room personalities.

Just like painting or furnishings, room lighting brings out the decorator in you. By using dimmers in different combinations throughout the room, you can switch from dramatic to relaxing to functional to night lighting – whatever the moment calls for. And today’s remote control systems let you preset each lighting setting so you can recall it at the push of a button. Program the lighting at bright levels for cleaning, then a dim preset for entertaining. Click again for the perfect in-home theater setting. Preprogram an entire lighting plan that includes the bar, framed paintings, track wall lighting, the dining room table, even your plants.

Don’t limit your creativity to the living and dining rooms. You can switch your kitchen from a brightly lit meal preparation center to a comfortable gathering place for guests. (Isn’t that where everyone seems to congregate anyway?) Dim the cabinet lights for decorative china silhouette effects. Then turn up the brightness when you need to shed light on the selection. Use the same cabinet lighting principle in the living room and library too.

Controlled lighting is also a luxury when the family’s asleep. Lights can dim automatically throughout the house, while illuminating nighttime pathways in halls and stairs. It makes late night bathroom and kitchen snack trips so much easier and safer, plus you won’t wake anyone up with sudden bright lights. Multiple dimmer controls let you set the lighting from either end of the hall, or from other rooms. Need to check on the sleeping kids? Turn the dimmer up slightly before you enter so you won’t wake them up. You can even have different preset lighting for both sides of the bed – one for reading, one for TV.



Other household controls can handle even more tasks for you. For example, come winter, they can automatically reverse the ceiling fan’s direction and slow it down. You won’t forget to turn on the security night lights because they’ll go on automatically, and shut off at daylight. Speaking of security, if you come home late, the remote in your car can light the whole house upon your arrival – and alert the security system.

The control panel itself can add a decorative touch. Don’t limit yourself the common denominator styles at the big box hardware store. A wide range of colors, textures and finishes are available from the professional electrician. And you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how few changes to your current home’s wiring are necessary. In fact, we can enhance your home’s appearance in the process of upgrading your lighting system.

There’s one more controlled lighting advantage we can all appreciate – savings. By cutting down on all the bright lights, you’ll be also be cutting down on expenses, energy and your carbon footprint. Now that’s bright thinking!