Welcome to GTS


Welcome to GTS Electric’s new blog.  I will regularly be posting news and updates from GTS Electric Company.

What does GTS stand for?  Genuine Trustworthy Service!

Who is GTS?  We are a hard working, family operated business, offering affordable solutions for your commercial, critical power and residential electrical needs. State licensed and insured, we make it our business to ensure your project is completed professionally, on time and under budget.

Do we charge for estimates?  No.  Estimates are free!

What is our mission?  We are dedicated to seeing our costumers satisfied with everything we do on your site, from design/layout, to installation, to inspection/commisioning.

Now that you know who GTS is, call Tom at  262-367-2487 to find out how we can help you with all your electrical needs.
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CO Detector Installation


CO Detector Installation

Written By Joseph Farmer, President of GTS Electric Company

 

Q: Should a home owner attempt to install carbon monoxide detectors themselves?

A: That depends. If your home already has interconnected smoke detectors installed (and if your house was built in the last 10 years or so, it probably does) then installing CO detectors is very easy and makes a great DIY project. You can verify this interconnection by pushing the “test” button on any of your smoke detectors- they should all activate and sound an alarm together.  If they do not-if they are not interconnected-then I would not recommend attempting rectify the situation yourself.

Before you begin any work on electrical devices of any kind be sure to de-energize the device by turning off the circuit breaker powering the device. In the case of smoke detectors, it is usually on a bed room circut, but don’t take that for granted; double and triple check. Safety first. Safety always!

Again, for optimum protection, you should install smoke and carbon-monoxide (CO) alarms that interconnect (they all sound at once) throughout your home. The illustration below shows you exactly where to install them. As a rule, smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or on a wall no more than 12 inches below the ceiling and away from corners, windows, and vents. Read the manufacturer’s instructions. Also make a family escape plan and practice it for day and night escapes.

Basement

Place an interconnecting dual-sensor smoke alarm near the stairwell leading upstairs. And put an interconnecting CO alarm at least 20 feet from a furnace, water heater, or other fuel-burning appliances.

Kitchen and Living area

Place an interconnecting photoelectric smoke alarm 10 feet away from—but not inside—the kitchen. Put another interconnecting dual-sensor smoke alarm and an interconnecting CO alarm in the living area. (If your home has more than 1,000 square feet per level, your local building code might require a second smoke alarm.)

Sleeping area

Place an interconnecting dual-sensor smoke alarm in each bedroom and in the hallway. If the hall location is close to a bathroom, install a photoelectric alarm since steam can trigger nuisance alarms. And place a separate interconnecting CO alarm in the hallway.

Garage 

Never put a CO alarm inside the garage, where car exhaust can trigger false alarms. Also don’t put CO alarms near any windows in your house, where fresh air can have the opposite effect.

Attic

Even if your attic isn’t finished, install an interconnecting dual-sensor smoke alarm. Even if this is not required by your local codes, I highly recommend it.

Breaker Panel Upgrades-When is it time?


Breaker Panel Upgrades-When is it time?

Written By Joseph Farmer, President of GTS Electric Company

 

Q: We are in the process of selling our home and our realtor wants us to upgrade to a 200 Amp electrical service-is this necessary?

A: Today, Americans use an incredible amount of electricity. The demand for electrical current is a hundred times greater for the average household than it was half a century ago. The way a new home is equipped for electricity has changed drastically since then.

For instance, these days an air conditioning system can use more electricity than the whole house would have fifty years ago. And, because of all the new technology constantly being introduced into the world today, it’s not uncommon for us to have some sort of electronic device, be it a television, computer, printer, or some other electricity-eating gadget, powered on somewhere in the house twenty four hours a day.

And that doesn’t include the items we own that are perpetually turned on and drawing power, even when we’re not using them. All of this electricity running through a home puts a lot of stress on the home wiring, as well as on its electric panel.

Plus, today’s homes have many more “plug-ins” for appliances, electronics, and such, which are in much greater demand today than they were even 20 years ago. The fact is, if your home is over 20 years old, you should definitely look into upgrading your service panel.

And if you’re using extension cords and power strips so you can plug several things into one receptacle, it’s definitely time to look into getting a service panel upgrade. Doing so will allow each circuit to run straight from the distribution panel. It’s simply too much of a fire hazard to have so many things running from one place.

Here are some basic guidelines that will help you decide if upgrading your service panel is something you should do immediately. If your house has less than 200 amps of electricity available with the current service panel, or if it has screw in fuses, you most likely need an upgrade. In fact, most of the time, an insurance company won’t let you buy insurance for a house that still has the “screw-in” type fuses.

Another tell tale sign, and a pretty obvious one, that you need to upgrade your service panel is not being able to use one appliance, such as your microwave, without having to turn off another, like your coffee pot, so that you don’t “trip a breaker”. In this case, it’s likely your circuits are overloaded meaning it’s definitely time for a service panel upgrade.

A Very Important side note: Always consult a licensed professional electrician  to do this work on your home or business. Service upgrades are far too dangerous to be “do it yourself” projects because of the fire hazards they pose, and because of the risk of electrocution.

We would be happy to take care of this for you! Give us a call at 262 367 2487 for a free consultation and estimate!