Posts Tagged ‘MA’

Simple Generator Maintenance Can make the Difference

November 8, 2012

Storm season is back and plenty of generator interest comes with it. Most recently this past October Sandy caused massive destruction and left thousands without power, many still yet to have it turned back on well over a week later. For those that had prepared for the worst by purchasing a generator you may very well have gotten through the outage without any problem. For others just purchasing the generator and having it there is not enough because when they went to start it nothing happened. Consumers may not realize how vital it is to properly maintain and service their generators so they are assured proper function when it is called upon. We received many calls throughout the storm and days afterwards of generators not starting or failing during the power outage.

Many of our customers that had installed a Kohler whole house automatic generator got to see the benefits first hand during this last storm. Of course Kohler has the added advantage of a weekly/bi-weekly test cycle that makes sure its ready when it’s needed. In fact many of our installations include an added feature of the “OnCue” monitoring software allowing both the customer and ourselves to see if there is any issues during its test cycle, and emails are sent each time the utility power was lost and the back-up power took over. Each one of our installations also include the first year of service within the cost of the job. Too many people do not realize how important some simple maintenance services on the generator will keep them from having a failure to start when it’s needed most. At Caron Electric our customers do not have to worry about these sorts of things because of our yearly service maintenance contracts assuring a working generator each and every time.

So what do I mean by simple generator maintenance you ask. Well first off as a consumer you must understand that a generator is just like a big motor for your home. Would you drive around in your car for a year or more without checking its oil levels or replacing your filters as required by the manufacturer? Well a generator is no different and requires that you service it to assure its stays operating at its best performance. These things include oil, oil and fuel filters, spark plugs, battery and heater to name a few. Being that any one of those can cause a problem with the proper operation of the generator it is a must that you stay on a schedule. As I am most familiar with the Kohler product line I will talk about that, Kohler recommends once a year or every 100 hours for service. Kohler units have a run time odometer so you can see how many hours of operation has been logged on it. Different generator manufacturers may have similar requirements on the time interval or hours on the unit or exactly what should be checked and replaced during the service but all require this type of care to guarantee it in good working order.

During the last storm we saw everything from batteries that had gone dead, heaters that had malfunctioned, oil levels that were not maintained, all of these things resulted in generator failure for the customer. Getting somebody out for a service or repair during these busy times cost the consumer more then the annual service would have to start with. For example Caron Electric charges an annual service maintenance contract of $395 and you don’t have to remember as it’s on an automatic service rotation. While many of the repairs, service and replacement part installations cost over $500 during the storm and days after because of the emergency nature and quick response time necessary. Add in the extra loss of time at work to be at home, food that would spoil, and the unhappy family members that came with the outage and you have certainly exceeded the value of a simple service maintenance to your generator.

So if you have a generator and you are considering yourself covered for the next storm or power outage time to reconsider. Ask yourself when was the last time it was serviced? If you don’t know start a log and keep it updated in your kitchen drawer or another place of safe keeping. This is good not only for your generator but any vital piece of equipment in your home from the boiler to furnace, air conditioning system, etc. If you have a Kohler brand generator and are living in Massachusetts you can even sign up for the yearly maintenance through Caron Electric…I will be glad to hear from you. Remember you made the right decision getting back-up power for your home, don’t make a bad decision and let it go unattended.

LOCAL ELECTRICIAN TO APPEAR IN NINTH SEASON OF PBS® SERIES ASK THIS OLD HOUSE®

February 15, 2011

Scott Caron, of Lexington MA, shows Ask This Old House host
Kevin O’Connor a few devices designed to make residential
electrical systems safer.

Scott Caron, President of Caron Electric, Inc. Burlington, MA, will
be appearing on an upcoming episode of Ask This Old House.
Scott’s appearance will premiere nationally on PBS Thursday,
February 24th and locally Monday, February 28th on WGBH 44
(check http://www.thisoldhouse.com/tvschedule or your local listings).
The ninth season of Ask This Old House features some familiar
faces including Host Kevin O’Connor, General Contractor Tom
Silva, Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey, and
Landscape Contractor Roger Cook. The Ask This Old House crew
offers practical tips and instruction to help homeowners with all
sorts of problems and projects around the home.

Scott’s connection to the show and his interest in what the local
guys were up to has been a constant in his life since childhood.
Growing up in Arlington, MA, Scott lived just down the street from
the This Old House Arlington Project featured in 1982; his interest
was piqued daily as he watched the transformation of the project
home.

 
“Watching the This Old House project transform before my eyes
helped solidify my interest in the renovation and construction
industries, and I became hooked on the show and the knowledge
and best practices it provides. The content and topics addressed
on Ask This Old House also help better educate me and my staff
in how tradespeople can collaborate with homeowners to best
meet their needs.” – Caron

 

If you would like more information about this topic or would like
to speak to Scott Caron please contact Keri Cifuni at
781-389-4575 or email keri@caronelectric.com

Changing the Game!

December 7, 2010

Caron Electric is pleased to take on social media in a consumer friendly way. Everybody knows what it is like to get a simple question answered by a knowledgeable person. Doing an internet search or asking a friend or family member with some experience can end in some not so good recommendations. Calling around to the “expert” can result in a long wait to hear back if you even hear back at all. Well with the availability of all the social networking sites Caron has decided to change the same old game and bring our knowledge to the consumer free of charge with our “Ask a Question – Get an Answer” program.

Simply fan our company page at http://www.facebook.com/caronelectricinc and you have direct access to ask a question right on our Facebook page. You can also tweet your question to http://www.twitter.com/caronelectric

All questions will be answered in the order they are received or timed based upon research that may be required. This service will not be available after hours or during weekends and holidays. Pricing on jobs is not part of the “Ask a Question – Get an Answer” program. We hope to spread our wealth of knowledge to the sea of consumers.   Enjoy and be safe.

Connecting with our Customers

November 3, 2009

     I understand how important it is to have the ability for our customers to communicate with Caron Electric in varying formats. Sometimes it may be for a simple question to be answered other times it could be something much greater. Bottom line when you need to reach someone you don’t want to wait to hear back. Caron Electric strives to keep communication as simple as possible for our customers, from a toll-free # 800.440.9940 to email service@caronelectric.com you can always expect a response within 60 minutes or less.

With the popularity of social sites greater than ever Caron Electric has dove head first into the ocean of opportunity. These sites are a great way of keeping our customers and readers aware of all that Caron has to offer. From specials and discounts to new technology reviews or inside news about Caron Electric we are providing the means to our customers to be kept up to date.

I have compiled a list of different sites that we currently are involved with – and looking for suggestions for others you would like to see added.

Skype:  caronelectric 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/caronelectric

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CaronElectricInc

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/caronelectric

Corkin: http://www.corkin.com/Profile/view.cfm?userid=46704

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/profileviewProfile=&key=44289821&trk=tab_pro

Our profile can also be found on the following sites: Yelp, Yellowpages.com, Delicious.com, Angies List,  Workpost, Technorati.com, Digg.com, and Friendfeed

I would love to gain more friends, fans, and followers from all my customers and readers. Feel free to email me, max@caronelectric.com, with any additional sites or your username if you cannot find me I will add you directly.

Where is Donald? Locate my Caron Electric Truck Promotion

October 14, 2009
Where’s Donald – Can you locate my Caron Electric truck?

Every day through Facebook, Twitter and other social networks Caron Electric will post what cities and towns my electrician will be located. If you can locate my truck and email service@caronelectric with the street name, city or town and time of your sighting Caron Electric will send you a grab bag of schwag. A photo of my truck is also acceptable for entry. Thats right a free gift for just keeping your eyes out for my fleet.

This promotion will run from October 14, 2009 till October 30th, 2009 at 4pm. This promotion does not run during Saturday or Sundays and our base location of Adams St, Burlington MA is not applicable for entry on this promotion.

New Communication Options with Caron Electric

October 13, 2009

Just wanted to let my readers and customers know that we have added a direct feed to our Blog on our facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/caronelectricinc

We have also set up Skype for a direct connection with Caron Electric anytime we are at our office.

Our skype username is “caronelectric”

Thanks for reading and be back soon.

Exciting news for the Fall Season

September 23, 2009

Hello and welcome back.

Things have been picking up at Caron Electric as you can see I have not had much time to update our blog. I have exciting news I would like to share with my consumers and readers. Everyone has gone through some hardships with the economy taking a turn for the worse. Of course we had to make some tough decisions to assure Caron Electric would be around for years to come. Because of those decisions we have been able to slowly reposition ourselves for future expansion. That time has come and we recently added another electrician to our work force. Our newest electrician Brian is fully licensed and has many years of experience working in both the residential and commercial electrical field. So while other companies are still trying to get a handle on their future Caron Electric’s is burning brighter then ever.

Another even more exciting change here at Caron Electric for our customers is the reduction of our pricing by 10%. As the competition is greater than ever we knew the best way to stay competitive would be an overhaul of our pricing. I am happy to announce we are in our final stage of preparation to bring our new pricing manual to the field.

This upcoming Fall Season will have many opportunities to use our services and save money, take advantage today! If you have not already signed up for our email promotions and discount program take a moment out to email me at service@caronelectric.com

My experience with a Fujitsu Ductless Split

September 1, 2009

   I will let my readers know up front that I have never had central air for heating or cooling in any of my residences. The most I have ever done to try and battle the summer heat is put a window air conditioner in an apartment I was living in Salem. Now being an owner of a home I wanted to have the luxury of a central air system but was very concerned by the cost. A central air system requires duct work to be brought throughout the home to each area/zone. My house being 100 years old this was not feasible by any means. Luckily being in the trade brings its benefits and I knew about the Fujitsu Halcyon Ductless Split systems. The Fujitsu Halcyon system consists of a indoor blower unit and outdoor condenser unit. Both units are much quieter then your average air conditioner and about as loud as a overhead fan. I won’t bother explaining all the details about the ease of installation of these products but I will make it quite clear that NO duct work was required. The work can normally be done in one day which was the case in my instance. 

I purchased my materials directly through my company and got the 12,000 BTU model. This unit cools my entire first floor, a total of 900 square feet. The cost of running the unit for an entire season is around $50. Talk about energy efficiency a window unit could cost upwards of $20-30 per month to run for 10-12 hours out of the day. The unit I had installed also does heating, this was an added option as there are units that only do cooling. I was one of the poor souls that locked in on a high price on home heating oil last year and this season I was looking for any way to supplement my current heating system.  The difference in the cost of the system providing heat was several hundred dollars. The total cost to run this unit for an entire heating season is about $250. My expected savings for this upcoming heating season will be around $500 so it will pay for itself in just one year.  I am also receiving a rebate from my power company up to $500 for installing a new energy efficient unit. All of this on top of the “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” for a Federal Tax credit of 30% up to $1500 towards the cost of this project.

So all of the above is well and good you say but how does well does the unit function you ask… If you remember back just a couple weeks to the 10 day  heat wave we had high humidy in the 90’s day after day. My whole first floor was kept to a dry 74 degrees throughout the entire time. All of this is done through a simple remote control that offers multiple functions like – fan only mode, dry mode which helps to control humidity levels and varying levels of use from High, Medium, Low and Quite. This allows for you to find the exact climate you will feel most comfortable with during use of the system.

I can tell you I am completely satisfied. The unit is much friendlier to the eyes then a window air conditioner. The cost out of pocket was just a fraction of the cost of a complete central air system and that does not include the rebates that are forthcoming. I would highly recommend the Fujitsu Halcyon ductless split system to any residence or commercial property owner. Thanks for taking out the time to read up about my experience and hope to see you back soon.

You can learn more about the Fujitsu Halcyon Ductless Split systems here:

http://www.fujitsugeneral.com/learn_about.htm

Example of my system:

http://www.fujitsugeneral.com/wallmounted9-12RL.htm

 

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Caron Electric is a licensed, insured, and quality certified installer of these Fujitsu Halcyon products and systems.

#800.400.9940

service@caronelectric.com

http://caronelectric.com/index.html

Ductless Air Conditioning Systems – It’s worth a second look!

July 21, 2009

Have you always wanted a Central Air conditioning system in your home or business but thought it impossible and cost prohibitive; well it is time to take a look at a Ductless Split air conditioning system. With the advancement in technology and product enhancement the ductless split air conditioning from Fujitsu/Halcyon is a perfect fit for many installations. At a fraction of the cost of a standard central air you will get all the benefits of having a central controlled cooling system. Select systems also have a heat option for supplemental heating. Halcyon products have been designed to provide zoned comfort for residential and commercial applications. Engineered to install quickly and easily without ductwork, Halcyon systems provide cooling and heating solutions where others cannot. 

 

A few key advantages of a Ductless Split system over a central air system or window air conditioner unit are…

 

1)      Quite Operation – since the system is comprised of an indoor and outdoor unit the louder components like motors and compressors can be installed outside

 

2)      Easy installation – the unit is feed by a copper tube running through a small 3” to 4” inch opening in the wall or ceiling to connect the indoor and outdoor units

 

3)      Energy Efficient – Since there are no ducts involved Halcyon systems lose less then 5% cooling vs. up to 40% on traditional forced-air systems. Higher efficiency including Energy Star Qualified units means you save money on your utility bill.

 

4)      Individual zoning – Cool or heat only the areas you want, or your entire home or business with multiple zone units.

 

5)      Environmentally Friendly – Halcyon systems use R410A refrigerant which is designed to prevent the depletion of the ozone layer.

 

6)      Safe and secure – Window air conditioners leave the home venerable for intruders to enter. Halcyon units are mounted high on the wall, away from the window, not compromising your security. Leaving you with a functional window and pleasant view.

 

     If the above advantages are not enough how about the varying equipment models and ease of installation that makes these systems a must have. Halcyon systems eliminate the need for any evaporator unit or costly and bulky ductwork installations. The thin copper tubing feeds the refrigerant directly into the discreet wall mounted units inside. Piping can often be done by routing through walls and joists to be aesthetically pleasing. The indoor units quietly distribute cooling/heating to the interior space.  With the ease of mixing and matching capacities and configurations the Halcyon units are great for even the most difficult areas to heat or cool. With the option to provide up to four separate zones with a timer and optional wired remote you are always in control of the varying comfort needs in different spaces of your home or business.

 

     All of these things result in a highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost effective way of bringing cooling and heating to your location. Now with even more cost savings available to you; Special incentives currently being offered are as follows…

 

Fujitsu Summer Relief Rebate – Up to $300 on select systems

Federal Tax Credit – 30% up to $1500 for the installation of select systems in tax years 2009/2010

 

     Caron Electric provides all this information as a source of knowledge to help consumers make the right decision. We provide onsite consultations and free written estimates to anyone within our coverage area. As a Fujitsu certified installer you can rest assured you will be getting the job done right.

You can reach us anytime at #800.400.9940 or by email service@caronelectric.com 

Make sure to browse our website for all the other services we provide:  http://caronelectric.com/index.html

What you don’t know about Carbon Monoxide – Can hurt you.

July 14, 2009

     For anyone unfamiliar with Carbon Monoxide it is Poisonous gas which is Odorless, Colorless, and Tasteless. That is why it is so important to assure your protecting your home or business from this harmful gas.

      Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Flu like symptoms including: headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, fainting. At higher levels CO exposure could result in unconsciousness, or death.

This information is relevant to Massachusetts residents and businesses:

     As of 11/4/2005, at the time Governor Romney signed “Nicole’s Law”, named after 7-year old Nicole Garofalo who died on January 28, 2005 when her Plymouth, MA home was filled with deadly amounts of carbon monoxide on January 24. The furnace vents had been blocked by snow during a power outage.

     The new regulations require carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home and within ten feet of each sleeping area and in habitable portions of basements and attics. The alarm you use must be approved by an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)

      The CO detectors may be:  Battery operated with battery monitoring; or Plug-ins with battery back-up; or Hard-wired with battery backup; or Low voltage system; or Wireless, or Qualified combination (smoke/carbon monoxide alarm). To assure compliance you can always check with your local Fire Department or Inspector before installing. Caron Electric always recommends having a licensed/qualified installer do the work.

     On September 6, 2006, the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations passed additional regulations requiring carbon monoxide alarms in transient residential buildings such as hotels and motels, institutional buildings such as hospitals, nursing homes and jails, and day care centers and after school programs. The Legislature has given owners of these buildings and those owned by the Commonwealth and local housing authorities until January 1, 2008 to complete installation.

     Landlords must inspect, maintain, and replace, if necessary, required CO alarms annually and at the beginning of any rental period. Tenants should report any problems with detectors to the landlord immediately and learn to recognize the difference between the smoke alarm and the carbon monoxide detector. Fire departments are currently required to inspect smoke alarms when one-five unit homes are being sold and transferred.

    For residential homes the following will help with the protection of your family:  CO detectors on every level of the home except unfinished basements and attics. Locate the detectors near bedrooms to allow for the family member to be awaken by the alarm Detectors should not be located near windows/doors to exterior of home, excessively hot, cold or damp areas or corners or rooms and peaks of ceilings. Do not place a CO alarm in a garage, furnace room, near the stove or fireplace.

Some other helpful tips to keep CO levels down at your home or business:

 1) have a yearly inspection of your heating/cooling equipment

 2) Check vent pipes, flues, and chimneys for leaks or blockage

3) Un-vented kerosene heaters are illegal in MA

4) Never use a charcoal grill indoors

5) Never use your gas oven to supplement heat for the home

6) Never leave a vehicle running indoors/garage even with the garage door open , the fumes build up quickly

7) Do not use gas powered engines i.e. generators, chainsaws, blowers, weed trimmers, mowers or snow blowers indoors or near doors or windows.

     At Caron Electric we understand the importance of safety and hope this article has been helpful to better understand the reason for CO detectors.

Have a question: #800.440.990 or service@caronelectric.com

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