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Having to hire a qualified commercial electrical contractor can best be described as a tedious process. One that should take time and thorough vetting to ensure the right (and qualified) electrical contractor is selected to complete your electrical project. Whether it’s installing new electrical work, a building renovation, or repairing damaged wiring, a qualified electrical contractor is a must have! In this world of the Internet and mobile apps, it is very easy to find an electrician online. However, finding a qualified, licensed, and reputable electrical contractor can be a big feat. There are several factors that you need to take into consideration before hiring an electrician and finalizing the deal on your next electrical project. Keep in mind that no matter the size of yo...
Electrical power outages have increased dramatically since 2000. But, why? Two reasons: a growing population with an insatiable appetite for electricity coupled with more frequent extreme weather events.[1] Now, is the time to prepare for those unexpected power outages before a snow or ice storm hits. Here are some helpful tips to prevent a power outage from shutting your business down, when the lights go out. Tip #1: Check all emergency lighting and backup power supplies. A power outage can occur at any time of the day, even when your office or commercial building is bustling with employees and customers. Getting everyone out of the building safely, is a top priority, and emergency lighting is essential for keeping exits and stairways well lit. Whether you have a backup generator or...
Q: What electrical device accounts for over $890 million in property damage each year.[1] A: Electric space heaters! With the harsh cold winds and frigid outdoor temperatures upon us, space heaters will likely become a must needed fixture in offices and commercial facilities. Keeping large and especially older commercial buildings well heated through the Winter months can be an uphill battle, making electric blankets, heat lamps, and space heaters essential. If your office will use space heaters to supplement your building’s existing heating system, be sure to consider these safety tips to keep everyone warm and safe through the Winter season. Tip #1: Distribute space heaters evenly throughout the office or building. Plugging in multiple space heaters and having them run cont...
Every facility, even the most up-to-date ones, require some maintenance throughout the year to keep electrical systems and equipment operating at optimal levels. Now is the time to start budgeting for the next fiscal year. Working with your preferred electrical service provider to accurately estimate electrical repair costs and maintenance fees for the upcoming year is a great starting point. These easily forgotten fees, but necessary costs, are often not included in the annual budget, making it hard to pre-plan and save money ahead of time. Planning for electrical maintenance and service fees includes more than just the cost of parts, but should also include the cost of labor, electricity usage estimates, shipping for electrical parts, and more. A good electrical budget should also ...
With the holidays approaching, Christmas lighting can be a great way to boost sales and make your office building or retail space more festive for customers. However, Christmas lighting can pose a silent, and destructive, electrical hazard. In fact, faulty holiday lighting causes over 230 fires each year, resulting in 6 deaths and $19 million dollars in property damage. Electrical failures or wiring malfunctions within holiday lights account for approximately two-thirds of all holiday lighting-related fires. There are simple strategies you can use to keep your employees safe during the holidays when decorating your office or retail space with holiday lighting. Use an artificial Christmas tree. The risk of a fire increases dramatically when using a natural tree. If there is an electr...
As Jennifer leaves for the day at 6:15 pm, she realizes that it is much darker than before. She starts for the parking garage, but she has an uneasy feeling. She does not remember the parking lot being so dark. But, it is the first week of daylight savings time, and the normally bright day, is now covered in complete darkness. She suddenly feels less safe just trying to make it from the building to her car.  She hears a noise in the distance, but can’t see what made the noise. She briskly walks to her car, quickly opens the door, slams it shut, and immediately locks all of the doors. Feeling a little safer, now in her car, she finally takes a deep breath and sigh of relief. Jennifer made it safely to her car, at least for tonight. This may be a fictional example of what could happen ...
When trouble hits and the lights go out, your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) has to kick in immediately – to keep your business running. Your mission critical equipment is dependent on a steady power supply and you can’t wait around for the problem to pass. Here are some important preventative maintenance tips to keep your UPS system in top shape and protect your most vulnerable electrical equipment.[1] Put prevention and safety first. Always follow manufacturer recommendations and safety guidelines outlined in your equipment’s operation manual. If you ever have a concern about the performance of your UPS system, call a licensed electrical contractor for help. The master electricians at Capital City Electrical know UPS systems inside and out and will inspect your system and p...
For many years, the traditional contracting method has led to intense competition in the construction industry – with numerous companies trying to cheat the system at their clients’ expense. This is a little known secret that the construction industry doesn’t want you to know about! Here at Capital City Electrical & Mechanical, we pride ourselves on being 100% transparent. We work hard to complete projects on time, within budget – every time. But, here’s how the other guys cheat the system. Take for example, a new addition to a building. When the business owner decides to move forward with the addition, they start by calling an architect to get a preliminary design.  In the background, the architect in turn hires engineers to do the design for all of the mechanica...
With the Halloween holiday quickly approaching, adding Halloween lighting can not only make your building more festive, but may actually be able to boost your sales. Bright and flashy light displays and decorations take a lot of electricity and may put a drain on your electrical system – and could be a potential fire hazard. Did you know that holiday lights and other decorative lighting are involved in at least 150 catastrophic fires between Halloween and Christmas each year? These fires, on average, account for 9 deaths and up to 16 severe injuries each year.[1] Now is a good time to perform any preventative maintenance on your system to make sure that when you plug in your lights, you won’t be risking your employees’ and customers’ safety. Here are 4 things to consider w...
Big storms are great for dropping buckets of rain, but could spell disaster if your power goes out. Wide-scale electrical failures do happen, often unexpectedly, but you can be prepared to keep the lights on and keep doing business as usual with a backup generator. Backup generators are not all the same, and your specific business’ electrical needs must be factored in when choosing the right generator to keep the lights on – even when the big storms hit. Here are the top 4 things to consider if you’re in the market for a backup generator: Identify the essential electrical systems and equipment that must stay on. This may include heating or cooling systems, ventilation, or industrial equipment. Whatever your mission critical systems are, identify them, and determine the ...