The Ultimate Guide to Electrical Outlets

Posted on: April 7, 2014

As you know, your electrical outlets are points in your home that you can plug electrical devices into to power them up. But do you know what types of outlets are best for different situations? Most electronic devices can be plugged into standard outlets (15 amp receptacles), but this is far from the only type of outlet you may find in your home. In this guide, we will go through the major types of electrical outlets and how they should and should not be used.

Things to Look for when Buying an Older Home

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Older homes have their charm, but as anyone living in one can tell you, they also come with more than their fair share of issues. Building and electrical codes have changed dramatically over the years, and our everyday electrical demands have continued to skyrocket. At Kolb Electric, we don’t want to discourage anyone from living in the home of their dreams.  That said, we do want people to be safe, so if you currently live in or are thinking of moving into an older home, here are some things you should be on the lookout for.

Should You Install a Whole-Home Surge Protector?

Posted on: March 28, 2014

Electronics are some of the most expensive investments in any home. So how can you be sure you’re safely protecting them from electrical surges? With a whole-home surge protector, you can rest easy that all of your electronics and appliances are protected in the event of a lightning strike or electrical surge.

How to Create the Perfect Home Theater System

Posted on: March 27, 2014

Without a doubt, a home theater system is one of the most exciting things you can add to your home. Home theaters can range in complexity from a nice TV with some comfortable chairs to a full-on viewing experience, with a flat screen high definition television, surround sound system, and more. Whatever setup you’re going for, there are a number of different components to think about to make your home theater system as enjoyable as possible. Today we’re going to talk about some of the most crucial components of your system: sound systems, wiring, and projectors.

All About Lighting, Part 1: Outdoor Lighting Design

Posted on: March 19, 2014

At Kolb Electric, some of our favorite projects we do involve lighting design and installation. Well done outdoor lighting design is one of the most impressive projects you can undertake, and when done properly, it can add curb appeal and value as well as safety and utility to your home. There are a number of important design considerations to make to ensure your outdoor lighting is as effective as possible, including: