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5 Creative Ways to Protect Your Outdoor Television

With the outdoor living craze comes the desire to add televisions to outdoor entertaining areas. While this sounds great, it isn’t always ideal for the television. While other outdoor components can withstand the humidity, wind, and occasional heavy thunderstorm, your outdoor television is not made for that. There are some outdoor televisions made specifically to withstand the elements, but they are often much more expensive.

Related Read: 9 Best Outdoor TVs for Your Patio or Garden

Ways to Protect an Outdoor TV Made for Indoors

Most homeowners in the Kansas City area choose to install a regular television and just protect it. However, keep in mind that regular TVs are affected by temperature as much as humidity.

Placing your TV in a covered or shaded area will help with that, but we will warn you that the elements will eventually take their toll and you will have to replace your TV when it finally poops out.

Additionally, television manufacturers will refuse to honor any warranty or guarantee claim if they think you kept the TV in a humid, extremely hot or cold, or dusty environment. With that being said, here are five ways the Fusion Electric team has come up with to help you protect your television outdoors this summer:

1. Screen It Inmounted tv in screened in porch

If your outdoor television is on your covered porch, why not just make that porch a screened in one.

Many screened in porches also give you the flexibility to switch out the screens for glass panels.

This is a great way to protect your outdoor television. Having the ability to switch from screen to glass panels also allows you to enjoy your outdoor porch and television all year round!

 

covered porch with tv cabinet2. Install a Cabinet System

Another great concept to keep your television out of harm’s way it to install a cabinet system around it.

You can big a build cabinet system that gives you more outdoor storage, or you can just install a one-door piece that keeps your outdoor television out of the elements when it’s not in use.

You may want to open it up occasionally if it hasn’t been used to make sure air is circulating and moisture doesn’t accumulate inside the cabinet.

Related Read: Outdoor Patio Ideas for Spring 2015

3. Use a Slipcoveroutdoor tv with protective cover

An easy solution is also to use a slipcover to safeguard your outdoor television. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but it will do the job.

Just make sure you use one that covers the entire television, front, back and sides, and that it secures tightly around your tv and attached cables and wires.

One drawback to this solution is that you cannot lock your TV up from would-be TV snatchers.

4. Make a Window into a TV Screen

If you’re lucky enough to have a window in the right place for outdoor watching, you can turn it into a TV screen cover. Just point the TV screen out an existing window and install outdoor speakers.

Simple, cost-effective, and smart. The problem with this solution is that your TV screen will not provide the quality you’re used to. A helpful tip is to open the window when you want to use the TV.

5. Take It Down & Bring It Inside

Lastly, if installing and covering isn’t your style, or you are just too afraid to keep a valuable piece of technology outdoors in the elements, install a television stand outside that allows you to easily remove your television whenever you want.

This way you can take it down and bring it inside when you know that a storm is coming, extreme temperatures are in the forecast, or that you’ll be gone from your home for an extended period of time.

For help installing an outdoor television and a system to protect it from the unpredictable elements, call the Kansas City electrician team you can trust, Fusion Electric at (913) 563-7975.

How to Prep Outdoor Outlets for Winter

Outdoor Outlets Winter Prep

They key to a successful and restful winter is preparing for it. The first freeze and snowfall aren’t as far off as they seem. With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to ensure that you don’t have an electrical meltdown during the peak of the season. Fusion Electric came up with four things you can add or do to your home’s electrical outlets now for an easier and safer winter.

Add Electrical Outlet Covers

One of the most important things you can add to your home this season are outlet covers on your exterior outlets. This small addition to your home can save you a lot of hassle down the road. Between the wind, rain, snow, and ice that are so common in the winter months, it’s likely that liquid will get into your uncovered outdoor outlets – and wreak havoc in the freezing temperatures. Installing these plastic or metal covers to your outdoor outlets will keep unwanted things out, and ensure that your outlets continue operating like they’re supposed to all winter long.

Related Read: Electrical Must-Haves for Hanging Holiday Lights

Install GFCI Outlets

Piggy backing on the last point, you should also consider installing GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupter outlets , in place of all your non-GFCI outdoor outlets. Doing so will ensure a much safer holiday season when it comes to your holiday decorations and outdoor lights. GFCI outlets prevent electrical shock in wet locations by shutting off electric flow when it senses a disruption in the electric current. This can help prevent blown fuses as well as shocks and electrocutions.

Add More Outlets if Needed

Just put the power strip away. It’s tempting to use power strips everywhere during the holidays, with all the lights, decorations, sound systems, etc. that are used in abundance this time of year. It’s really in your best interest not to though (unless it is an advanced power strip). Power strips can become overloaded and can be a fire hazard. Instead, call a local electrician to install more outlets inside your home and along the exterior to accommodate the needs of your holiday decorations.

Light Timers

Another item to have on hand this winter is light timers. Instead of leaving holiday decorations on until you remember to turn them off, use a light timer. This can not only help keep that electrical bill down, but it can also help lower the risk of an electrical fire. You can buy light timers that you can permanently install or simple plug in versions that will do the trick for the season.

Call Fusion Electric at 913-563-7975 today to help you prepare your home for the electrical demands of the winter season.

Are Your Outdoor Outlets Safe?

GFCI Safe OutletsHow often do you use your outdoor outlets? Probably more than you realize, especially in the summer months. Plugging in a phone charger, a radio, outdoor lighting, etc. But are your outdoor outlets safe? Outdoor outlets need to be cared for correctly, and also need the right characteristics to ensure their safe use. Here’s what you can do to make sure your outdoor outlets are not a health hazard to you and your family.

Install GFCI Outlets

Regular outlets just won’t do for outdoor use. While they deliver proper electrical power, they aren’t equipped with the proper safety guards. Instead, install GFCI outlets outdoors and in any room in your home near a water source. A GFCI, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, measures the balance of the electrical flow to the outlet. If the GFCI senses an imbalance in this electrical flow, it shuts off power to the outlet. This protects appliances from getting fried, and people from being shocked or electrocuted.

Related Read: Patio Kitchens: 5 Electrical Items You Didn’t Think of Installing

Use an Outlet Cover

Installing a cover on  your outdoor outlets is another good way to protect your family and to keep your outdoor outlets safer. These covers will help keep water from making its way into the outlet, which we all know can cause electrocution, and will also help keep debris, like dust, dirt, and dead leaves out of the outlet openings. Debris can interfere with the outlet’s ability to conduct and deliver electricity..

Call the electrical experts at Fusion Electric to install GFCI outlets on your Kansas City home’s exterior, and keep your family safer. Call us today at 913-563-7975.

Patio Kitchens: 5 Electrical Items You Didn’t Think of Installing

Fusion Electric Outdoor PatioWhile you’ve probably already thought of where to place your Kansas City outdoor kitchen grill and which type of granite countertops to use, many homeowners overlook their electrical needs. It’s an easy oversight, but from our experience at Fusion Electric, it can end up being a costly one. You’ll later look back and realize all of the things that you missed, and it will either be costly to go back and fix, or it could be too late altogether. Here are five electrical items that you shouldn’t forget about when planning your outdoor patio kitchen addition.

Adequate Task and Ambient Lighting

Don’t forget to add enough lighting to your patio kitchen. It’s likely that you already know the type of overhead lighting you want, don’t forget about task lighting over your grill, and over parts of your countertops for after-dark cooking. And don’t forget about ambient lighting. Things like dimmers for your overhead lights, or even softer sconce lighting.

Heat Lamps

Another common oversight we see are the lack of heat lamps in outdoor patio plans. While these are definitely not necessary, they do make a nice added bonus. Even in the summer months, the temperatures can drastically cool off at night, and why not use your outdoor patio year-round? The addition of heat lamps make your outdoor patio kitchen functional at any time of the year. Grilling for all four seasons! 

Related Read: Outdoor Patio Ideas for Your Home

Installing Enough Outlets for All of Your Appliances

Another huge mistake we find in outdoor kitchens is the lack of GFCI protected outlets for all of your appliances. Think about that blender you would like to keep outside for margaritas, or that microwave so you can cook your entire meal in the same place. Those all require added outlets somewhere on your countertops. And it is very important that they are all GFCI protected since they are in an outdoor setting where water can easily disrupt their electric flow and cause harm to a person using them.

Ceiling Fans

Don’t forget to add those ceiling fans! It’s an outdoor kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that smoke and heat will ventilate all on its own. Ceiling fans will help keep your outdoor kitchen well ventilated, as well as keep your hangout area cool. These make a great addition to any covered outdoor living area.

Music System

Lastly, don’t forget about the music! While being outside with family and friends is entertaining enough, being able to listen to all of your favorite jams while you cook and eat together makes the experience more complete. It can help set the mood for whatever occasion you’re all together for. Having a music system installed in your outdoor kitchen patio makes for a much more enjoyable experience than having to blast your iPhone.


For help planning the electrical needs for your outdoor kitchen, call the experts at Fusion Electric today at (913) 648-9487.

Outdoor Patio Ideas for Spring 2015

Spring in Kansas City means patio season is finally here! We love patio season around here, especially when it’s in our own backyard. Here are six awesome ideas to spruce up your patio this spring so that you can enjoy it for seasons to come.

Outdoor LightingLighting

Make sure you have the right type of lighting for your outdoor patio. Forget harsh floodlights that make you feel like a prisoner in your own backyard. Use ambient lighting to create a warm, relaxing mood. Think sconce lighting near the door, and landscape lighting around the patio perimeter. Throw in a few hanging bulbs for a rustic feel, if that’s your vibe.

Related Read: How to Choose the Right Outdoor Lighting For Your Space

Stereo SpeakersOutdoor Stereo Speakers

Music makes everything better, especially  when you are enjoying the beautiful weather on your patio or porch. So make sure you’re able to listen to your favorite jams even while you’re outdoors. Smartphone and laptop speakers only go so high, and easily get lost when you’re in a group outside. Install outdoor stereo speakers around the perimeter of your patio. Fusion Electric can install speakers that disappear into the decor of your patio, and can withstand different weather climates.

 

Install Television In PatioOutdoor Television

If you like to entertain outside in the spring and summer, or enjoy watching your favorite cooking show while grilling up dinner outside, don’t let your television cord hold you back. Fusion Electric will cut the cord for you by installing an outdoor television in your patio. Given the right storage, outdoor televisions are a great addition to your patio.

 

OutletsElectrical Outlets Outside

Don’t forget about adding more outlets outside that are GFCI protected. This will ensure that you can charge your phone, tablet, or computer while still using it outside on your patio. You’ll never have to run back inside to charge your phone when it alerts that you’re below 10% of its battery life.

 

Lighting for Pool and SpaPool & Spa Lighting

If you are lucky enough to have a pool or spa in your backyard, make sure you’re able to use it even when the sun sets. Sometimes after-dark pool and spa parties are the best kind! We can install halogen or LED lights inside and around your pool, so you can easily and safely take a midnight dip this spring and summer.

 

Security LightingSecurity Lighting Patio

While we said floodlights are bad for patios, they are good to install around the perimeter of your patio and your home for security reasons. Floodlights ensure that you can see deep into your yard should an intruder try something sneaky. They can also be useful if you want to play yard games after dark, or just to keep an eye on the kids as they play beyond the patio when the sun goes down.

Let Fusion Electric deck out your patio this spring. Call us today at 913-563-7975.