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Ten Spring Electrical Safety Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe

Spring is just around the corner. For Kansas, spring marks a very important date on the calendar: the start of tornado season. With unpredictable temperatures, wind-driven rain, lightning and hail on the way, it’s important to take the following electric safety precautions to keep your home and your family safe. Read More

Which Thermostat Is the Best For My Home?

Thermostats for your home can range from simple manual units to smart units that can work with your existing home automation system. This guide will help you understand the different types of thermostats, what you should know when choosing your thermostat, and any special features that can help to increase comfort, convenience and energy efficiency. Read More

How to Safely Use an Electric Blanket This Winter

There’s nothing better than climbing into a warm bed in the wintertime. During the cold weather, many people choose to use electric blankets to stay cozy throughout the night and reduce energy costs. But, do you know if electric blankets are safe to use? They typically are, but you should remember these dos and don’ts before and during use to reduce the risk of problems. Read More

Why Should My Home Have an Exhaust Fan?

Exhaust fans provide necessary ventilation to areas of the home, such as bathrooms, to prevent excessive moisture. Exhaust fans can decrease the chance for mildew growth, leaving your home’s environment comfortable and healthy. If your home doesn’t have an exhaust fan, consider getting one installed as soon as possible to prevent costly damage. Read More

Which Type of Light Bulb Should I Purchase?

In this day and age, you have more choices than ever when it comes to purchasing light bulbs. With so many options, how do you know which kind to buy? Let’s take a look at the six main types of light bulbs, as well as additional information such as wattage and lumens, so you’ll know exactly which light bulb you should purchase. Read More

Three Things You Need to Know About Upgrading Your Home’s Breaker Box

Your home may have outgrown its current breaker box, otherwise known as a panel. If your home was built before the 60’s or 70’s, there is a good chance that your panel might be using outdated technology. Read More

Six Reasons Your Outdated Wiring is a Fire Hazard For Your Home or Business

You may think your home or business is fire-safe, but fires are always a concern when it comes to old wiring. Electrical fires have been the cause of more than 50,000 home blazes every year, plus $1.5 billion in property damage. Even seemingly harmless acts, like putting nails into a wall, can easily put a hole in the wiring, causing problems you may have to come face-to-face with later. Here are six steps toward fixing your outdated wiring to ensure it’s no longer a fire hazard for your home or business. Read More

Static Electricity: How to Keep Your Electronics Safe

Static electricity has proven to be a constant danger to our electronic devices. Many electronic items today can store thousands of volts in electrostatic charges, yet it only takes 25 electrostatic volts to damage an electric circuit. Here are a few ways to keep your electronics safe from static electricity. Read More

Seven Reasons Your Wichita Business Needs a Commercial Generator For Backup Power

In Wichita, we’re no strangers to power outages when it comes to summertime storms. This is only a small inconvenience at home because we can light candles and use our laptop computers until the batteries deplete; but what about a power outage at your business? That could mean losing valuable time, money and documents that you shouldn’t have to worry about losing. Here are seven reasons why your Wichita business needs a commercial generator for emergency backup power. Read More

Do I Need a Ceiling Fan?

The heat of our Kansas summers may be something you’re looking forward to, but even if you’re dreading it, it’s not easily avoidable. A ceiling fan addition can be a stylish, yet comfortable way to prevent stagnant air and help increase energy efficiency. So, if you’re asking yourself if you should purchase that ceiling fan you saw while perusing your local home improvement store, here’s why the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Read More

The Benefits of Adding Light Dimmers to Your Home

Adding light dimmers to your home, from simple light switch devices to easy-to-use automated systems, can provide many benefits. Dimmer switches are an economical, simple way to make a big difference in your home’s lighting appeal, as well as in your energy use. They can also change the mood of a room instantly, providing the right lighting for any situation. Read More

Protect Your Home During Spring Thunderstorms

Ah, springtime in are blooming, the air is getting warmer and we’re all starting to emerge from hibernation—but it’s also when the weather is at its most unpredictable. Strong winds, lightning, hail, tornadoes and power outages are things we’re all too familiar with. Take steps now to protect your home during spring thunderstorms so you’ll be prepared when bad weather approaches. Read More

Save Money on Home Automation with Lutron Caséta

Today’s technology allows us to control appliances, lights, the garage door and the TV wirelessly, or even remotely on our smartphones when we’re away from home. This smart home technology is becoming increasingly popular, but the cost of retrofitting old outlets and light switches, installing new controls, and buying “smart” devices can be overwhelming for many homeowners. That’s why at Graf Electric, we recommend and install Caséta Wireless by Lutron — a remote control system that allows you to live smart and save thousands of dollars on a connected home system. Read More

What are GFCI Outlets and Why Does My Home Need Them?

A GFCI outlet is a type of outlet that can prevent electrical shocks. These are especially important, and even required, in certain areas of the home. Knowing what GFCI outlets are, where you need them and why you need them can be beneficial for your home and your safety. Read More

Outdoor Christmas Light Safety

According to an Electrical Safety Foundation International survey, 86% of Americans decorate their home as part of a Christmas tradition. Statistics also show that incidents of residential fires and electrical accidents typically increase during the winter holiday season. With the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year, simple safety practices can easily be neglected when it comes to installing holiday lights. Read More

Why Does My Home Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 439 unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning deaths annually in the United States between 1999 and 2012. Fuel-burning appliances, fireplaces, furnaces and attached garages can all leak CO, so it’s critical that every home has a carbon monoxide detector. Read More

Troubleshooting a GFCI Outlet

Do you have a GFCI outlet that isn’t working, keeps tripping, or won’t reset? It’s easy to think the worst when it comes to an electrical problem, but having a basic understanding of the device will help ease your mind and prevent safety problems. Read More

5 Tips for Hiring the Right Electrician

If you need electrical work done at your home or business, doing a little research can help you choose the best contractor. This will help reduce the risks to your home, family and property that could come from hiring an untrained or inexperienced contractor. With these 5 tips as a guide, you can have peace of mind that you’re hiring the right electrician, who is reliable and experienced. Read More

5 Ways to Reduce Summer Energy Costs

There are still a few more weeks of summer left, and in Wichita, the higher temperatures usually mean larger electric bills. Fortunately, there are easy ways to keep your cooling and energy costs from skyrocketing. Here are some tips for keeping your summer electric bill low. Read More

Solar or Wired Landscape Lighting: Which is Best for Your Home?

Adding landscape lighting to your garden, walkways, and outdoor living spaces greatly increases your home’s curb appeal. But which type of landscape lighting is right for you? Read More

The Benefits of Exterior Lighting for your Home or Business

Let there be light! Outdoor lighting improves your property’s safety, security and curb appeal. Here’s how. Read More

Why are my lights flickering?

Under normal conditions, the lights in your home should give off a steady glow. If you’ve got a light fixture that flickers on and off, it’s important to find out why, to avoid the risk of electrical fire or shock. Read More

What to Do if you See Water, Corrosion or Rust in Your Electrical Panel

Most of us know that water and electricity together is a dangerous combination, so it can be quite alarming to see water running out of your electrical panel. While it’s a situation that needs to be addressed, you may be surprised to learn it’s actually quite common. Read More