The Garage – Episode Three – Garage Door Upgrades


Hey Garage Door Fans. I’m Chris Wilke
with C&W Canada Garage Doors and I’m here today with Kevin Steigh, owner of Halo
Power Solutions.How are you today Kevin? Excellent Chris, so happy to be here.
Cool, so we are here to talk about upgrades today but before we get into
all that Kevin why don’t you tell the people at home a little bit about your business. I would
love to. Thanks for the opportunity. So Chris, Halo Power is in its fifth year
in business and we specialize in residential renovations, service upgrades,
lighting upgrades – that’s our real bread and butter. Also on the commercial side, we
look for tenant improvements. If you’re doing a renovation in your office space,
service upgrades, or any power upgrades to your commercial space and of course
LED lighting upgrades are a big one as well. Thanks Kevin and I’m glad that I
have you as a guest today. I know we both have a lot to say about home upgrades. We’re both in the businesses helping people renovate their homes and make
them feel more modern. But the big question I have for you and the first
question I have for you is what’s a simple upgrade that people can do with
to their lighting or their electrical that make their home feel a little bit
more modern or up-to-date? Absolutely. Great question. LED lighting, I mean the
only new lighting so mainstream now and it’s tough to even buy a little
incandescent bulb, but when you do a lighting upgrade to your home… first of
all the biggest advantages is the the drop of your power consumption. You’re going to see your
electricity going down from a longevity standpoint of the LED bulbs. You
know, we’re getting 20 years out of these bulbs now, so there’s no more climbing
up on the ladder to change the light bulb every six months. From your overall look
and feel of your home. I mean, lighting is so important and if you’ve got a well
lit home that’s comfortable and pleasing, that does a lot for your mood so coming home and turning on your
nice fresh LED lights and just being able to relax does wonders for you. I
think of all the upgrades we do, the LED lighting upgrades are the most
satisfying because you can really see the before and after. People just, you
know, the whole mood changes. They just love the improvement. Actually and
speaking of satisfying I get the same sort of satisfaction out
of replacing a loud garage door opener, as I like to call a neighbor waker. I love that. Yeah, when you hit the button and you could just hear it all the way in Australia –
those are the ones I like to rip out and replace with a nice quiet DC motor. Some
of them even come built in with LED lights, battery backup, super
quiet and super nice – especially if you have a bedroom over the roof of your
garage. It’s super essential to have at least a very quiet motor and it’s super
easy upgrade and very inexpensive. Let’s see, so what kind of electrical upgrades
are you seeing right now Kevin? Well a lot of people are staying in their homes
and renovating, bringing them up to date. So the biggest upgrade that we’re seeing
is in the homes that are, you know. say pre-1990. We’re doing upgrades of the
electrical panel. In some cases we’ve got to do an upgrade to be the meter
socket on the outside and with, you know, people wanting to put in hot tubs, air
conditioning, electric car chargers, now we’re actually doing service upgrades to
the home. Where a lot of homes have a hundred amp service, which is very
typical, now we’re having to increase that to accommodate the the power
consumption of the devices we’re bringing in the homes. So panel
upgrades, service upgrades are a big one and of course lighting which I already
talked about. Another great upgrade is updating the plugs and switches in your
home. They wear out like anything else but I like doing those when we do the
plug upgrades because now we always install the tamper-resistant kid-proof
plugs. Great upgrade if you’ve got little kids in the home, if your a
grandparent and you’ve got the little ones in the house, there’s no more of this picking up a paper clip and jamming it in to see what happens, right? Because they fit so well in those plugs!
Our industries a very very similar. We are upgrading a lot of our
openers into DC power openers which allows us to put battery backups,
so no longer are you trapped in the garage when the power goes out.
And also upgrading the face of your garage door is super huge, because again,
in terms of your let’s say older house into a more modern, more
sophisticated look and again, it’s one of the most inexpensive things you can do
for your home is to install a brand-new garage door. So that’s what we’re
looking at right now and that’s what seems to be trending, at least in my
industry. Yeah, so I know updating electrical systems are a bit dangerous
in some cases, like I’m afraid garage doors can also be very dangerous or garage
door openers. What kind of problems are you seeing in the older
homes. Well, you know, people are trying to save money and sometimes they’ll take
on an electric projects themselves that they probably don’t have any business
doing. I use the analogy of you know if you have a sore tooth or needed a
root canal you’re probably not gonna watch a YouTube video and do it yourself
in your basement or call your buddy over because he just recently had a root
canal and he knows how to do it. Pretty common my industry too. I always tell people, well I wouldn’t operate on you.
Wo a lot of the times well we’re running into situations where maybe somebody’s
just moved into an older home and they don’t realize that there was a lot of
work done previously by a handyman or a homeowner. Someone who’s not certified. Not
certified and you know with our electrical trade, the electrical code is
forever changing. There’s new regulations coming in place for how the electrical
is installed, safety devices and if you’re not up on that and you start
doing your own electrical work, you can run into problems because a lot of the
work that we find is being done by homeowners, it hasn’t been done under
electrical permit. It’s also a lot of rules and regulations that they may not
be aware of in terms of a city and stuff like that. Absolutely, and where
it’s really coming to light now is when people are selling their homes and a new
potential buyers coming in interested in buying the home doing, their due
diligence, and checking to see if there were permits pulled for that kitchen
renovation or basement development. A few things that come up and what ends up happening is they didn’t get the proper permits. The work was done
and because it was never inspected now in order to have it inspected, it’s held
to the current code and what you did 10 years ago may have met code if you would
have got a permit then, but now it doesn’t. Very expensive and a
heartbreaker. Yeah, similar with me. People will tend
to look online for solutions for their garage door problems, like if the cable
snapped or the spring is broken and attempt to do it themselves,
and what people don’t realize is those springs are under sometimes a thousand
pounds of pressure, and it’s very dangerous and so I always tell
people you should never operate or handle your spring without a
professional, and in fact you should never even
touch it. You should always have a professional handle that. It’s very
important because those things are very dangerous and then you can get seriously
injured. So again, don’t be hero for that, call someone who knows what they’re
doing. Alright, my last question to you Kevin.
When is a good time for a homeowner to call and upgrade their electrical system?
Well, if you suspect you have a problem, don’t wait, because you know plugs,
receptacles in your home, they just don’t stop working. We get calls like that. “Oh I have
a plug that stopped working.” Well, something’s going on there, so if you
suspect you’re having a problem in your home, we have links flickering, noises
coming from your walls, from the electrical panel, smells
that shouldn’t be there.. and burning electrical smell is a big one. Is there
any sort of like timeframe, like an average time frame, where someone should
upgrade their electrical panel? Like a certain amount of years or
something like that? You know, if you’ve got a home that’s pre-1990, definitely
time to consider getting the panel inspected because your electrical panel, really your whole electric service, is no different than your roof, your furnace,
your hot water tank – your garage door –your garage door. These these things all wear out
over time even though you don’t really see anything going on in that electrical
panel because there’s no moving parts to it. There is a lot going on there and and
it does where out, so if you’ve got a home build in the 80s or older, time to
get a professional in to have a look at the electrical panel and do an inspection for you, any advice we need. Yeah, I always tell people for the garage door, if
it’s old older than 20 years old, it might be time to look at getting a new
garage door. And for the opener the same sort of age applies, especially because
technology is ever-changing so you should always keep in mind,
specially for safety concerns, like for example, it’s not regulated to have those
safety plugs in every home because we know that people tend to make mistakes
and put the wrong thing in an electrical socket and end up hurting it. So things
like that are very simple in their garage door side. Make sure your
safety centres are operational. Make sure that the down force on your motor is
secure and not gonna hurt anyone if it happens to come down on someone or
something. And your garage door should be inspected every two years. Kevin I see
brought some props.Would you like to share with the rest of us what you brought?
Absolutely. So in talking with, talking about the receptacle upgrades in your
home, sometimes we run into situations where due to a bad connection at the
plug like this, things get really hot. And I see it a lot in basements where it’s an
older home and people are using plug in space heaters to keep the basement warm, and
with devices like space heaters, they draw a lot of power. So when you have a
worn out plug with a bad connection and you’re running a lot of electricity
through, it can actually melt. So I don’t know if the audience can see, but it’s a little bit crispy, a little bit on the brown
side. Probably wouldn’t want to use this in your home. And this is this is the
extreme. Most people don’t let it get to this point. We took this out of a house
not too long ago where they were they were plugging in a heater into this plug
right to the point where it just stopped working. And thank god it did, because
for it to actually deform like this under the heat, you can imagine what was going on there. Kevin thank you so much for
joining me today and where can people find you? Well, we definitely want you to
visit our website halo power.ca. You can find us on Facebook on Instagram, or
give us a call at 7809950359 And Garage Door
Fans, you know where you can find us, at CW Canada Garage Doors. www.cwgarage.ca, YouTube,
Facebook, and Instagram. As always when your door’s in trouble, you call C&W.

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