Circuit Breakers and Fuses

The Answer to Keeping You Cool this Summer… It’s Not What You Think!

We can all agree, the summer heat has arrived. While we love the heat when we’re relaxing by the pool or discovering a new beach or lake, we don’t love it inside our homes. Maybe you’ve noticed your home isn’t getting as cool as it did last year or it’s taking a lot longer for it to reach a desirable temperature? You may be on the market for a new HVAC system. But, you may be surprised to realize that when you replace or upgrade an HVAC system, you may need an electrician to replace or upgrade your electric service panel as well.

Circuit Breakers and FusesSo, how does your electric service panel have anything to do with your air conditioning system? Great question. Adding or upgrading any major appliance can take a toll on an old electrical system. Your current electrical panel may not provide adequate energy. If this is the case, any time you power up your new appliance, your circuit breaker will trip. This is because your electrical needs exceed your amp capacity. The result will be no electricity, no air conditioning, and lots of headaches!

Additionally, you should have one of our Sacramento or San Jose electricians upgrade your electric service panel if:

  • You own an older home with outdated electrical wiring
  • Circuits and fuses are frequently “blowing out”
  • Your computers or cell phones are being damaged by your electric outputs
  • You have frequent “brown outs”
  • You’re planning on “adding on” to your home

Don’t spend another hot summer day suffering inside your own home. Hiring an electrician to replace or upgrade your electric panel to a higher amperage might be your answer to keeping your air conditioner functioning properly. The result? A much cooler home! If you’ve just replaced your HVAC unit and are concerned your electrical panel may need to be upgraded, contact one of Main Stream Electric’s experienced panel replacement electricians for a free consultation. We offer convenient appointments and personalized electrical services. In Sacramento, call 916-439-5253 or in San Jose call 408-422-8730.

Electric Charging Stations

An EV Charging Station as a Business Perk? Definitely!

When we think of employee benefits, an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station probably doesn’t come to mind immediately. We may feel a benefit is more about medical or dental perks? Or preferred parking and time off? But, as we all get a little “greener”, start to realize the impact our vehicle’s fuel emissions have on our environment, and vehicle operation costs, the idea of an electric car becomes more appealing.

Most EV owners hire electricians to install charging stations in their homes. It’s convenient to plug your car in at night because it’s ready to go in the morning. But, what about those with a longer commute or errands to run after work? Plugging your EV into a charging station at your office is the perfect solution!

There are many benefits to having one of our Sacramento or San Jose electricians install an EV charging station at your commercial business.

Electric Charging StationsEmployee Retention and New Employee Attraction

When businesses decide to hire an electrician to install EV charging stations on site, they not only give employees an added benefit, increasing retention, they offer a unique benefit that attracts new employees. A business with EV charging stations also tells employees and future employees they care about the environment and want to help them make the most of their EV.

Manufacturing of Battery Electric Vehicles is on the Rise

Electric Vehicles and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles are now being made by many big name car manufacturers including Nissan, GM, Ford, BMW, and Mitsubishi. The concept continues to grow and change based on personal mobility needs. But, it’s safe to say, EV’s are redefining the transportation industry.

Convenient Recharging Stations

While the primary “refueling” stop is usually at a home garage, EV drivers also look for alternative spots while they are out and about. If charging station are available at their place of employment, it takes the stress out of finding another spot during a lunch break or shopping trip. Additionally, owners of restaurants, coffee shops, or classic “pit stops”, can offer EV owners an easy place to “fuel up”.

Gain a Competitive Edge

Employers will attract clean-driving candidates to their business. Retail stores, restaurants, or a businesses can offer a practical value to patrons. EV drivers will look for grocery stores or shopping establishments that have EV charging stations so they can shop and recharge in the same place.

Increased Traffic and Value

Businesses with EV chargers will draw EV drivers to their establishment. Since charging takes some time, customers may need to “linger” longer in a store. This could literally mean more sales and traffic to a business. If office buildings, business parks, parking garages, and restaurants offer EV chargers, they will build loyalty and offer value to EV-driving employees.

If you’re considering having an electrician install EV charging stations at your business, also consider that even those who do not own electric vehicles will notice the convenience of the station. Maybe they’re tired of spending so much money on gasoline or love how smooth electric vehicles drive? Whatever the case, hiring an electrician to install an EV charging station at your business is worthwhile and beneficial. Main Stream Electric can install EV charging stations at your business. We are a Tesla preferred electrician and a Bosch Certified Contractor. If you’re interested in learning more or how to get started, contact one of our knowledgeable Sacramento or San Jose electricians today.

residential electrical contractor services

Residential LED Lighting – Is It Worth It?

residential electrical contractor servicesThe idea of switching from traditional incandescent lights to LED lighting is not a new concept but recently more people have starting converting their lighting systems. Why is this? Is it really worth it?

The short answer is YES! You may have heard that residential LED lighting uses less energy and lasts much longer than incandescent lighting. You may have also heard that LED lights are expensive so you assume they are out of your budget. While they initially were more expensive than incandescent bulbs, technological advances in LED light bulb development has manufacturers competing to design cost-effective bulbs that work in all applications in your home. Now, these bulbs are much cheaper and can be installed by our electricians in virtually any space in your home.

LED lighting is different than incandescent lighting so there is a slight learning curve. Before you purchase LED lights, here’s a few tips.

  • “Lumens” replace “Watts”: Lumens now represent the amount of light released by the light source and is a more accurate measure of bulb brightness. Here’s a handy chart comparing lumens and watts.
Incandescent Watts LED Watts Lumens (Brightness)
75 – 100
4 – 5
6 – 8
9 – 13
16 – 20
25 – 28
  • No Mercury: There is no mercury in LED bulbs. You can handle and dispose of them with no special concerns!
  • Instant Light: LED lights give off instant light and last a LONG time.
  • No Added Heat: Incandescent bulbs produce a significant amount of extra heat and contribute to the overall temperature of your home. This is especially uncomfortable in the hot summer months. In contrast, LED lights stay cool and do not cause additional heat buildup in a room.
  • Insect-free: There will be no insect build-up around your UV-free LED bulbs because insects are not attracted to this type of lighting. This makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Initial Investment Cost: LED lights tend to be more expensive than incandescent lighting. But, don’t let this cost scare you. You will make up the cost in the long run. Not only will the bulbs last longer, you’ll see the savings in your energy bill.

Before our electricians begin the project, they will determine the best places for your LED lighting and tell you about your strength and color options. They have extensive experience wiring LED lights in various locations around your house. Our electricians will recommend the best lighting for every part of your home and offer solutions that will fit any budget.

We love LED lighting because it not only saves money and conserves energy, it provides brighter light without the heat. As an added bonus, with LED lights, you are not constantly changing bulbs!

If you’re ready to make the switch from incandescent bulbs to LED lighting, give our electricians at Main Stream Electric a call. We can professionally install them in any room in your home. Our trained electricians have the knowledge and experience to get the job done right – the first time. Call us today!