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Category Archives: Home Improvement

Cabin Fever Calls for Springtime Renovation Projects

Bye-bye cabin fever, hello new beginnings. The days are getting brighter, birds are singing and flowers are blooming. It must be Spring. If you’ve got home remodels on the brain, now’s the time to make it all happen. From basement finishes and kitchen renovations, to outdoor projects and bathroom facelifts, MZ Electric wants to help give your home new life. According to our research, the most common springtime home innovation projects warranting electrical work include bathroom remodels, electrical services, furnace installation, HVAC services, residential construction and solar installation. If you’re considering one or more of these enhancements to your home, call MZ Electric at 303-933-9220 to start the conversation. Repairs, remodels and design are MZ Electric’s top priority. The company offers competitive rates for all electrical needs; plus, discounts for teachers, military and seniors. Learn more about MZ Electric.

Lighting the Way to Basement Upgrades

If you’re preparing to finish your basement, lighting will soon become a top priority, if it isn’t already. A lack of natural light down there often leaves basements feeling, well, underground. Make light of the situation by illuminating your space. Well beyond the accent lighting of table and floor lamps, you have choices. More often than not, because of low ceilings, basements are outfitted with can and recessed lighting. Consider the basement design process. Think about where within the space specific tasks are completed – will you have a bar where pendant lights could be suspended from above? How about lights on a wall to tastefully highlight artwork or a decorative element? Perhaps you want a lighted stairwell? MZ Electric can help make sure your basement is bright, welcoming and fits your needs and style. MZ Electric offers lighting design sessions with our highly creative and qualified, licensed electricians to discuss options compatible with your space’s layout. Alternatively, if you have a lighting design already in mind, we offer free estimates after reviewing your plan; restrictions do apply. Basement lighting design and install is another one of many top-quality services offered by MZ Electric.

Electrical Panel Brands: Not All Are Created Equal

Is your home outfitted with either a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) or GTE Sylvania-Zinsco electrical panel, or is the panel more than 10-years-old? If you answered “yes,” you’re encouraged to contact a qualified electrician as soon as possible for a thorough inspection of the panel. Doing so will safeguard you and your home against faulty designs and potential electrical hazards. Know Your Electrical Panel Brand Name, Service Date  Once you’ve located your home’s electrical panel, look closely for the manufacturer’s name and record of its latest service date. Possible electrical panel manufactures include Siemens, General Electric, SquareD, etc. To identify a PFE panel, look for “Federal Pacific Electric” stamped on the cover of your breaker box, and Stab-Loc, the interior circuit breaker brand name, on the inside of the panel. Zinsco panels are clearly labeled as such, or as GTE-Sylvania or Sylvania. Not all Sylvania and GTE-Sylvania branded panels are dangerous. Federal Pacific Electric and GTE Sylvania-Zinsco Electrical Panels  Millions of FPE and GTE Sylvania-Zinsco electrical panels were installed in residential properties in the Western U.S. between 1950 and 1980, despite public service announcements warning against the potential dangers caused by these panels. Eventually, FPE was charged with violating the Consumer Fraud Act by knowingly selling circuit breaker panels not meeting UL standards, nor suspending energy when a current experienced an electrical surge. Zinsco electrical panels were publicly advised against and eventually made defunct due to multiple design flaws and fire hazards. All electrical panels, no matter the brand, should be inspected every 10 years; home renovation projects, appliance upgrades and the introduction of advanced technology devices into the home are also good reasons for an electrical panel inspection. Only a highly qualified electrician will be able to tell you if your electrical panel is safe or not. Ensuring a properly functioning electrical panel will protect you and your home from power surges, short circuits and other potentially disastrous situations. If you’ve discovered an FPE or GTE Sylvania-Zinsco electrical panel in your home, or your panel is more than 10-years-old, MZ Electric is your go-to for inspections. Our technicians are fully licensed and have a wide range of experience in the electrical industry. We offer extremely competitive rates for all your electrical needs. Ask about available discounts for teachers, military and seniors, as well as referral coupons.