Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Friday, 19 January 2018 20:39

Importance of GFCI Receptacles

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Have no fear, for GFCIs are here! Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are a type of receptacle that helps prevent shock from ground faults and short circuits. Ground faults and short circuits happen when electricity flows through an unintended path, which can lead to shock. GFCIs work to fight this shock by first detecting uneven electrical flow, and then immediately shutting off the current to reduce the severity of the shock. Although their function is simple, they are a life-saving tool, able to prevent serious or even fatal injuries from electrical shock. Knowledge of GFCI receptacles is important for Michigan homeowners, which can help keep your household safe from potentially hazardous situations.

We at AJ Danboise value the safety of our Michigan neighbors. If you live in an older home without GFCI receptacles, it is important to consider having them installed. Our experts have listed a few reasons why:  

Electrical Safety

  • Electricity is a dangerous, sometimes unpredictable element. Because of our reliance on it, it’s important to protect ourselves and our family.
  • Coming into direct contact with electricity can lead to severe, life-threatening injuries; especially if water is part of the equation.  
  • A GFCI receptacle ensures your protection with its shock-prevention, and further strengthens the electrical safety in your home.
  • Beyond just being an outlet, GFCIs are essential safety tools, having saved thousands of lives since their inception in the 70s.
  • GFCIs have cut the number of home electrocutions in half.

Appliance Safety

  • The NEC (National Electrical Code) has made GFCIs mandatory for certain appliances that are within specific distances from a water fixture.
  • GFCI protection is required for all 15A, 20A and 125V receptacles that are placed on kitchen countertop surfaces.
  • A GFCI is not required for receptacles that do not supply power to appliances on countertops.
  • A good safeguard would be to replace all electrical outlets in your kitchen, bathroom and home exterior with GFCIs – regardless of where they are located.

NEC Requirements for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Does My Home Have GFCIs?

  • Your home might already have GFCI outlets installed. Check your outlets, do they have three slots with a small button in the middle?  
  • A standard receptacle consists of a left vertical slot (which is neutral), a right vertical slot that is slightly larger (which is “hot”) and the bottom circular hole (which is the “ground”).
  • A GFCI outlet looks similar, but also contains a test/reset button in its center.
  • When the reset button is “on,” the electricity can flow through the outlet. By pressing the button, you will disconnect the electrical flow – or interrupt the current.
  • This button will automatically stop when it detects that the electrical flow is out of balance.

Keep your home safe by installing GFCI receptacles throughout your home. The professionals at AJ Danboise can assist you when you are ready to make the switch. Contact us if you need expert GFCI installation - or any electrical home service. Call 214-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today! 

Friday, 27 October 2017 01:19

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe This Halloween

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Halloween is right around the corner, and before you know it kids in costumes will be taking over the neighborhood hoping to cause a fright.

But Halloween isn’t just psychologically scary; it’s physically threatening as well. While the spirit world may be out of our control, luckily we can prevent truly horrifying physical events from occurring with a little preparation.

Why Is Halloween Scary?

Halloween is a dangerous time for many reasons. From home fires to motor accidents, Halloween can cause serious injury and even death. And it won’t be coming from a killer clown or a vengeful ghost.

Here are some scary Halloween safety statistics that might scare you into action:

 While evil dolls, poltergeists, and specters can scare the bejesus out of you, the real danger comes from electrical, fire, and falling/tripping hazards.

Keeping Your Kids Safe (and Spooked) This Halloween

The scariest stories are the true ones. Go over the frightening consequences of ignoring or disobeying the following Halloween safety tips:

 Costumes

  • Make sure your costumes are flame resistant.
  • Avoid bulky, flowing garments.
  • If you wear a mask, make sure it is easy to see and breath out of.
  • Add reflective tape to your bags and costumes. Consider glow sticks.
  • Test Halloween makeup on a small patch of skin in advance. Use non-toxic, non-comedogenic, FDA-approved makeup.
  • Only use colored contact lenses if they are prescribed by your optician.

Trick-or-Treating

  • Establish a curfew (hazards increase at night).
  • Make sure all children under 12 are accompanied by an adult.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Make sure somebody in the trick-or-treating group has a cell phone and a flashlight (if possible, make sure your child has one).
  • You can use Find My Phone/Find My Family apps to track the location of the device.
  • Go over pedestrian rules (“walk, don’t run,” “look both ways,” “obey all traffic signals,” etc.).
  • Don’t eat any candy until you go home and have them inspected by an adult.
  • Don’t go trick-or-treating on an empty stomach.
  • Do not accept any unwrapped candy (throw away all suspicious candy).
  • Never follow strangers into a home, apartment, car, or anywhere for that matter.
  • Never get into a car where the driver has been drinking.
  • Don’t drink and drive!
  • Stay away from all open flames.

Halloween Safety for Parents 

  • Learn and practice Halloween food safety tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Stay extra alert and vigilant when driving on or near Halloween.
  • Drive slower than normal and practice safe driving tips.
  • Get rid of all hazards around your home, especially your front porch and lawn.
  • Do NOT use real candles or torches. Use battery-operated lights instead.
  • If you do use candles, make sure they are accompanied by adult supervision at all times.
  • Do NOT use flammable decorations.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames and other fire safety (“stop, drop, and roll,” etc.).
  • Don’t drink and drive!

Halloween Fire and Electrical Safety

Don’t be shocked this Halloween! Since holidays like Halloween and Christmas rely on lights and machines that run on electricity, it’s important to take the following electrical safety precautions to protect your home, family, and guests:

  • Schedule a professional electrical safety inspection at least once a year, preferably in the fall before the holiday season.
  • Test your AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupters) and GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) every 30 days.
  • Follow all extension cord safety and manufacturer instructions.
  • Always inspect cords, plugs, and electrical devices before use. Repair reo replace damaged items.
  • Make sure your extension cords, lights, and other electrical devices are tested by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
  • If you notice any flickering, humming, or burning smells coming from any of your plugs, switches, or devices, turn power off to the circuit and contact a qualified electrician.
  • Don’t use flammable decorations.
  • Keep all decorations away from all open flames, heating, and light equipment. Learn portable heater safety tips.

Halloween Safety Infographic from the National Safety Council

For more Halloween Safety Tips and Downloads for Kids, visit NFPA.com.


 AJ Danboise wants you to have a fun and safe Halloween!

To ensure your HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems are safe for Halloween and year-round, give us a call at 1-248-236-5999 or schedule service online.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:43

Why Two Prong Outlets are Not Up to Code

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A household contains many different types of electrical outlets. Some outlets are modern, while some are outdated. Besides age, outlets vary on amp, model, and features. Outlets such as GFCI and AFCI protect from shock, while switched and smart outlets easily turn off power with the press of a button. It’s good to know the types of outlets that are in your home, as you may find a two prong outlets are not up to code.

 

As the name suggests, the two-prong outlet is one in which each socket only has two openings (prongs). This model has been outdated for some time, and for good reason. Two prongs only have two wires: neutral and hot, meaning no ground wire. Without a ground wire, there is no protection from short circuits and high voltage. A ground wire allows high current to return safely to the ground and avoid serious damage and injury. Although modern homes have adapted to the new outlet standard, many older homes still have the antiquated (and hazardous) two prong designs. Two prong outlets become increasingly dangerous as we venture further into the electronic age.

 

Are Two Prong Outlets Allowed in Homes?

According to the National Electric Code, two-prong outlets are allowed in homes as long as they are properly working. If you choose to replace your two prong outlet, you do not have to upgrade to a newer model. If the two-prong outlet is properly functioning and tested, you may keep it in your home. However, this is not recommended as they are not grounded – and not always compatible with new appliances and electronics.

 

Switch to a Three-Prong Outlet

Three prong outlets are the norm for modern homes. As a straight upgrade to two-prong outlets, three-prong outlets come equipped with the ability to attach ground wires to the outlet, providing safety to the homeowner and allowing adequate current flow. Three prong outlets were created to adapt to modern electrical standards. Since modern electronics and appliances require higher energy usage, more precautions must be set in place. Merely replacing a two-prong outlet with a three-prong outlet is not enough however, as there is still no ground wire.

 

Keeping Your Outlet Safe and Up to Code

With no ground wire in place, additional steps must be taken to keep your outlet safe and up to code. Remember to consult with AJ Danboise before proceeding, as our electricians will determine the best cost-effective electrical outlet option to take. With that said, below are options for your electrical outlet.

 

Upgrade to GFCI

  • If there is no ground wire to be found, then your three prong outlet must be GFCI to comply with the National Electric Code.
  • If there is no GFCI or ground wire, then the outlet is violating code.
  • These outlets must be 5.5 ft. above the ground and labeled as “GFCI Protected” and “No Equipment Ground.”

 

Rewire Your Box

  • Older homes that have two prong outlets may have a ground wire or armored cable, but probably encased in sheetrock or other materials.
  • Have an electrician determine if this is in your home.
  • If you manage to find an encased ground wire, an electrician will be able to rewire your box to have a ground.

 

Rewire Your Panel

 

If you have two prong outlets in your home and are looking to replace them, contact AJ Danboise! For over nine decades, our electricians have adapted homes to comply with current electrical standards. Our licensed electricians provide premier electrical outlet services to all Michigan homeowners. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and meet your trusted electricians!


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Monday, 28 August 2017 18:30

Do's and Don'ts of Using an Electric Blanket

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Never go without warmth during a Michigan winter. With the chilly weather upon us, its time to bundle up in your favorite sweaters, socks, and blankets. One of the more popular warming methods, and more antiquated, is the electric blanket. While older designs were problematic, often shorting out and sometimes leading to more hazardous situations, more sophisticated blankets offer much safer use. The basic design hasn’t changed: a blanket equipped with wiring that warms heating pockets places throughout the design. Even though new heating blankets are much safer, there are still several safety procedures that are important to follow. Before you cover yourself with one and turn up the heat, it is important to know the dangers and how to avoid them.

 

The experts at AJ Danboise have provided the do’s and don’ts of using an electric blanket.

 

DO:

  • Do examine your blanket thoroughly every time before use. Be mindful of any areas that look burnt or worn by wiring.
  • Do read the manufacturer’s manual completely.
  • Do keep heat levels within manufacturer specifications.
  • Do turn off the blanket when not in use.
  • Do use new and up-to-date electric blankets. If you own a blanket that is more than ten years old, discard and buy a new one.
  • Do keep the blanket on top of you and never under or squeezed in the side. Heating blankets should always be placed over a blanket.
  • Do allow the blanket to cool off after use before putting it away.
  • Do wrap around the cords properly when not in use.
  • Do dispose of the blanket when you notice that it has stopped working efficiently.

 

DON’T:

  • Don’t let water touch or splash on the electric blanket, as this can ruin the wiring and cause shock.
  • Don’t bundle up the blanket when not in use, as this can compromise the wiring and lead to short circuiting.
  • Don’t use electric blankets on those who can’t use the controls such as infants, elderly, or people with disabilities. There is the danger of overheating.
  • Don’t tinker with the wiring in the blanket, as you can destroy and fray the wires.
  • Don’t use an electric blanket in a foldable bed, as the wiring can easily get torn or frayed.
  • Don’t wash your electric blanket, as this will destroy it.
  • Don’t use a blanket with cuts and tears, or has exposed wiring.
  • Don’t use the electric blanket if it is overheating or not responding to the controls properly.
  • Don’t use a blanket that is old and barely works.

 

Electric blankets are meant to supplement other warming/heating elements, so keep this in mind when in use. And remember, if you are experiencing any electrical problems in your home, AJ Danboise is ready help! For over nine decades we have been the premier electrical services company for Michigan homeowners, and provide affordable quality only found in Farmington Hills. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment to meet your trusted electrical experts.

 


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Energy-Saving Tips to Follow This Earth Day

It’s easy to think that our individual actions can’t effect real change, especially when it comes to protecting and preserving our earth. “To make a noticeable impact, everyone has to come to together and act.” How many of you have had a similar thought? The truth is, succumbing to this kind of thinking isn’t productive as it discourages people from attempting to enact even small change, like picking up a piece of trash or turning off a light. This Earth Day, we want to empower you to cut back on your energy usage at home. By simply adjusting your daily routines and being more mindful, you can help sustain our environment, not to mention we think you’ll enjoy the monthly savings!

Change your HVAC air filter regularly.

A dirty, clogged air filter reduces your system’s efficiency, causing it kick into over-drive to keep up with your demands. Change your filter every 30 to 90 days, depending on the manufacturer. If you have household pets, you’ll want to change it every 30 days for good measure.

Schedule annual HVAC maintenance.

Have your HVAC system serviced in the early spring and fall to ensure maximum efficiency. During a tune-up, a trained technician will check all the inner-workings of your system to make sure all is working properly. An unmaintained system, like a dirty air filter, requires more energy to operate.

Install programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat allows you to cut costs but not comfort. By setting your thermostat back 10 degrees for eight hours every day, you can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10 percent. There are numerous benefits to switching to home automation in general. Check out our article: “3 Reasons to Switch to Home Automation” to learn more about how you can benefit from going automated.

Unplug appliances and devices when not in use.

So many of us now sleep with our smartphones next to us, plugged into the charger. Instead of keeping it plugged in overnight, charge it a few hours before you go to bed. Do the same with other electronic devices like your tablet or laptop. Check every room in your house for appliances or devices that you leave plugged in, but rarely use. That toaster you haven’t used in four months? Unplug it. That lamp you haven’t turned in ages? Unplug it.

Install water-saving fixtures.

Switch to low-flow shower heads and sink fixtures to cut back on your daily water usage. A family of four can save around $250 a year on water heating costs by switching going low-flow. If you want to take it a step further, you can also install low-flow toilets.

Switch from baths to showers.

By opting to take showers instead of baths, you will save nearly 13 gallons of water each time. Depending how often you clean yourself every day as well as how many people are in your household, this could make a huge impact. We also recommend taking shorter showers lasting no more than five minutes. We know how tempting it is to want to stay in and let the warm water soothe you, so set an alarm for yourself that requires you to get out to turn it off.

When doing laundry, use hot water only for dirty loads.

Unless you’ve got some really nasty clothes to wash, always opt for the cold cycle. This small adjustment will help lower your water heating costs. Before you wash a load, make sure it’s full, but not too full. After the load has finished, hang them up while they’re still damp. You’ll cut back on energy usage and prevent wrinkles and shrinkage.

Light your home efficiently.

Lighting accounts for nearly 10 percent of your energy usage; therefore, you should make sure your home is equipped with the most efficient lighting. Reduce lighting consumption by up to 75 percent when you switch out your incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents (CFLs).

For more energy-saving tips to try out this Earth Day, check out these additional resources:


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Friday, 24 March 2017 18:40

5 DIY Charging Stations for Your Electronics

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Declutter Your Home with a DIY Charging Station

It’s difficult to find sanity in a cluttered home. If you’re tired of having to pick up all the tablets, laptops and other electronic devices as well as their chargers, we’ve got the solution for you: DIY charging stations! By establishing designated spaces for all your devices while they’re charging, you’ll not only decrease clutter, you’ll also rid your home of tripping hazards and always know the location of your chargers. Few things are more frustrating than trying to find your charger when your device is just minutes from dying. Restore sanity – and organization – by crafting these DIY charging docks for all your devices!

Family Charging Station

All you need for this tutorial is a shoe box, some decorative paper and an extension cord. This DIY station is perfect if you have a couple kids who always leave their gadgets around the house. It’s simple to construct, requiring very little of your time. We recommend placing this dock in the family room, living room or kitchen – depending on where your family spends the most time. You can even make it a fun family activity by decorating it together!

IKEA Charging Station

This DIY tutorial is ideal for those who hate having clutter strewn across their kitchen counters. Counter clutter not only inhibits you from being able to prep meals, it also makes cleaning seemingly impossible. If your kitchen cabinets have free-standing sides, you can hang a rail near an awkwardly placed outlet to dock phones, tablets and laptops. This type of station would be especially beneficial to those who have limited counter and/or table space.

Book Charging Station

If you have an old book or never-been-used journal that you use for decoration, consider using that as a charging station with this tutorial. You can keep it by your bedside table or any other side table throughout your home or apartment to provide quick and discreet charging for your phone or tablet. This easy DIY does not require a lot of material and can be a quick weekend project.

Office Charging Station

All you need is an old magazine rack for this one. Turn it on its side and drill a few holes for the chargers and simply place your tablet, laptop or phone inside. This is perfect for your desk or for your home office. Organizing your tablets that you use for work can make it easier to charge and access them if you are in a rush.

Upcycled Plastic Bottle Charging Station

If you have a few plastic bottles lying around your house that you keep meaning to recycle, consider turning one into a cell phone holder. An upcycled plastic bottle charging station is perfect for those oddly placed outlets that aren’t near tables or counters. These are easy to make and perfect for when your phone needs a quick charge. You can make it as fancy or simple as you like.  

Having the right outlet for your chargers can also help declutter your home and organize the areas where you charge your gadgets. Not a lot of people know that there are numerous outlet options from which you can choose. In addition to basic, three-pronged outlets, there are also USB charging port outlets for your cell phones or tablets. You can promote organization with the installation of this outlet. The USB charging outlet is compatible with a variety of electronic devices such as:

  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iPod
  • Tablets
  • Mobile Phones
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • E-Readers
To keep all your various devices powered, you need working outlets. For expert outlet repair and installation, leave it to AJ Danboise!

For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:51

4 Electrical Terms Every Homeowner Should Know

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Knowledge is Power

All of us rely on electricity to get through the day; from the time we wake up, and into the night, we use electricity – even while asleep. The electricity in your home operates around the clock to supply power to all your major appliances. Because your home’s electrical system is an integral and necessary part of life, it’s important to familiarize yourself with some basic concepts. Should something go awry, you’ll have an easier time identifying the source of the problem before calling a licensed electrician, not to mention you just might impress your friends and family with all your newfound knowledge!

Our intention isn’t to overwhelm you, so we’re going to focus on just four basic terms we think every homeowner should know.

Electrical Panel/Breaker Panel

Located in either your basement or garage, the electrical panel controls the flow of electricity to your home. As a homeowner, it’s a good idea to find the location of your panel and get familiar with it. Your electrical panel houses a series of circuit breakers, which control the power to an appliance. These circuit breakers are usually labeled to indicate the breaker controlling an appliance. While there is value in familiarizing yourself with your electrical panel, it’s important to leave all panel work to a licensed electrician! Electricity isn’t something you want to experiment with, as the results can be quite ugly.

GFCI Receptacle/Outlet

Otherwise known as a ground fault circuit interrupter or ground fault interrupter (GFI), this type of receptacle protects people from electrical shock by monitoring the current flowing into or out of a plugged-in device. Should this receptacle detect a current exceeding five milliamps, it will shut off the flow of electricity in as little as .025 seconds. The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that all new kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements and most outdoor receptacles have GFCI outlets installed. These locations usually have a water source, which is why the NEC has named these locations. If you live in an older home and do not feel that your home has adequate GFCI receptacles, schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians! We will help safeguard you and your loved ones from electrical harm.

Watt

A watt is a unit of measurement indicating how much electricity is being used in one second. Even if you didn’t know what this term meant, you’ve probably seen it on the packaging of light bulbs. It’s important to know that watts do not determine the brightness of a bulb. A bulb’s brightness is expressed in lumens, which we will explain next. Light bulbs with higher wattage will use more energy, thus increasing your utility bill. You can decrease the amount of energy you use by switching to Compact Fluorescents (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Both have lower wattage than incandescent bulbs but emit the same amount of light.

Lumen

Lumen is a unit of measurement that describes the brightness of a bulb. If you want to enhance a space with additional light, choose a bulb with more lumens. If you’re looking to add ambiance to a room, choose a bulb with less lumens. Under the direction of the Federal Trade Commission, light bulb packages now have labels, similar to nutritional labels in appearance, that provide information on the brightness, energy cost, the bulb’s life expectancy, light appearance (warm or cool), wattage, and whether it contains mercury.


If you ever have any questions about your electrical system, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We’d be happy to assist you in learning the ins and outs of this incredibly vital system. As they say, knowledge is power – no pun intended!


For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Friday, 24 February 2017 20:40

3 Reasons to Switch to Home Automation

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Why Home Automation?

How smart is your home? In the past few years, home automation has garnered more and more popularity. Thanks to recent advancements, this type of technology offers solutions for nearly every budget. Even still, you might be thinking: “But it’s too complex!” Homeowners are often deterred from using home automation because it seems too sophisticated. This is where we come in. Yes, the software is sophisticated, but these products were designed with you in mind. Put your worries aside, because home automation is supposed to make your life more convenient, not complicated. Still not sold? Check out these three reasons as to why you should switch to home automation.

By incorporating smart technology into your home, you will enjoy numerous benefits such as added security, peace of mind, and savings.

Added Security

Every homeowner wants to feel safe and secure. You’ve invested so much of your time and money into ensuring that your home is a place of comfort and relaxation. Home automation can deliver assurance in a variety of ways.

Coming home to a dark home late at night can make any person feel uneasy. With home automation, you can turn your lights on with the tap of a finger. Now, you won’t have to wonder if someone or something is lurking in the shadows. Our minds can play some of the most devious tricks on us, but with home automation, you can know for certain nothing is there.

One of the biggest concerns people have when they leave for vacation is keeping their homes safe. We want you to be able to enjoy your time away, but we understand how hard it ca be to do that when your home is vulnerable. With home automation, you can program your lights to turn on and off at specific times so as to make it appear that someone is inside. Many homeowners make the mistake of leaving several lights on throughout the house. On the surface this method may seem like an effective deterrent, however, it does quite the opposite. Wouldn’t you think it was odd too if someone’s bedroom, hall, or kitchen light was left on for several days straight?

If you’re wanting to go the lighting route, it’s best to program your lights to turn on and off at normal times.

Peace of Mind

Lights are not the only way to increase security. Have you ever left your house only to realize hours later that you can’t remember if you closed the garage door or locked the front door? We’ve all been there. If you work a demanding job or are too far away to turn back, it can add significant stress to your life. Now, with home automation you can achieve peace of mind with the push of a button. When you install this type of technology, the device is often paired with an app that you can download on your phone or tablet. You need only open your app to check the status of your concern.

One of the biggest stresses of planning a vacation is finding someone to watch after your house. Home automation puts the control back into your hands. Of course, you can still enlist the help of a friend or family member, but for those of you who want control, home automation may be just what you need. Using your home security system’s app, you can check on your home and see exactly what’s going on. If you have a pet that’s back home, whether it be a dog, cat, bird, or rabbit, you can make sure they’re doing okay too. If you do happen to leave your pet behind, we highly recommend having someone look after them. While a security system can provide you with peace of mind, it can’t feed your pet or let them outside.

Energy Savings

You will reap numerous benefits by installing a programmable thermostat in your home. There are a variety of makes and models on the market, so no matter your budget, we guarantee there is a solution for you. A programmable thermostat, also known as a smart thermostat, allows you to have complete control over your home’s temperature.

Let’s say it’s a particularly cold day outside and you’re about to leave work to go home. You’re dreading the thought of walking into an ice-cold home. But then you remember you have a programmable thermostat! You can program your thermostat to your desired temperature so that when you walk in the door, it’s warm and cozy. Before programmable thermostats, you had two options: you could either leave your heat on all day, which wastes money, or you could keep your thermostat at a lower temperature, which makes for an uncomfortable home.

Programmable thermostats allow you to maximize comfort – and savings. You can program your system to reflect your desired temperatures for while you’re awake, asleep, and away. Some systems even offer insight into your heating and cooling usage, which allows you to address any gaps where you could be saving.

Looking to add smart systems to your home? Hire a licensed professional to help!


For all your plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Monday, 13 February 2017 19:13

Winter Pet Safety Tips

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There’s a common myth floating among some pet owners that it’s okay to leave furry friends outside during colder weather because their fur coats will keep them warm. We’re here to dispel this potentially dangerous myth. Like you, your pet needs a safe, warm place to stay when temperatures are freezing. Imagine having to stay outside for hours on-end when it’s frigid outside. It doesn’t sound all that fun, does it? Your pet doesn’t like it either. If it’s too cold for you, then it’s likely the same for your furry friend.

Cold weather presents numerous dangers to pets. In addition to suffering from chapped paws and itchy skin, if your pet steps on frozen areas containing harmful or lethal chemicals like anti-freeze and later licks it, he or she could become seriously ill or die. Don’t risk that! Follow the ASPCA’s cold weather safety tips for pets to ensure that your friend stays safe and warm this winter.

Before bringing your pet indoors for the winter, make sure your home doesn’t pose any threats. We all know how curious animals are, regardless of whether they’re a cat or dog. Electrical cords, space heaters, lamps, and the like are all play-things to your pet. Make sure to follow these electrical tips on keeping your little friend safe this winter!

  • Once you’ve charged your smart phone, tablet, or laptop, unplug the electrical cord and put it away. Anything that dangles could look like a toy. This goes for kitchen appliances too, such as your blender, mixer, coffee maker, etc. If your pet chews on a cord that is still plugged in, he or she could be electrocuted.
  • Purchase bitter-tasting deterrents to keep your pets from chewing on cords in the first place. These deterrents come in a variety of forms, such as sprays and cord covers.
  • Even if you think your pet wouldn’t attack them, take down any dangling lights. Further, if your pet has a fascination with lamps or light bulbs, make sure he or she doesn’t attack them.
  • For those using a space heater this winter to keep warm, make sure there is a 3-foot guard surrounding it. Never leave your pets alone in a room with a space heater. If it gets knocked over, a fire could occur.
  • If you’re using an electric blanket, keep your pets off it to prevent them from chewing on it.
  • Don’t allow your pet to sleep behind your television or computer, where plugs are kept.

  If your pet has been electrocuted, call your local vet emergency center as soon as possible for instructions on how to approach and care for him or her.


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