Commonly Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions that Doelp Electric has encountered over the past 20 years of business. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, contact Doelp Electric at doelpe@doelpelectric.com.

Q: Is an electrical permit needed even if a licensed electrician is hired?

A: Yes. A permit is always needed when any electrical material is being replace by said licensed electrician. This includes, but is not limited to switches, ceiling fans and light fixtures. The permits can vary anywhere from $30 upwards as the permit can cover small to large projects. That being said, if you are looking to have many little electrical jobs or even a mix of large and small jobs, it is best to have them all done at one time as to not have to purchase many permits at different times. This will cause a bigger delay of time and cost more money in the long run.

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Q: How many smoke detectors should I have?

A: The National Electrical Code states that there is to be 1 smoke detector on every floor as well as one inside and outside each bedroom. Both smoke detector manufacturers and Doelp Electric recommend that all smoke detectors be replaced every two years. If you need smoke detectors installed in your house, call Doelp Electric today. Your safety should not be delayed.


Q: How can I make my home energy efficient?

A: A simple way to make you home energy efficient is to use LED bulbs. Although these bulbs are more costly, they will save you money in the long run because of their energy efficiency. The LED bulbs are also far better than the alternative. This being fluorescent lights and incandescent bulbs.

Fluorescent lights not only give an unappealing glow, but are also filled with small amounts of mercury that can become dangerous to your family if not handled correctly.

Incandescent bulbs are not as energy efficient as LED bulbs but are more cost effective at store price. The incandescent bulbs can be paired with a dimmer switch to help with energy efficiency. However, the LED bulb is ultimately the better option.

Doelp Electric can help you create a lighting design specifically for your home to increase the usage of whatever light bulb you choose. If you need an estimate on dimmer switches or lighting design, call Doelp Electric.


Q: How do I know which electrician is right for me?

A: This is a tough question to answer entirely as it is hard to tell if the electrician you are hiring for your next project is qualified to do so. However, there are some resources you can use such as asking the electrician for proof of licensing, seeing past work, and asking the electrician direct questions.

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Q: What is the purpose of running a ceiling fan in the winter?

A: It is a common misconception that ceiling fans are made for only hot weather. By turning your ceiling fan to a low setting, the fan will help to push the warm air. As the warm air rises, the fan helps to push the warm air back down around the room as to better ventilate and optimize your house’s heat capacity. During the summer, you can turn your fan to counter clockwise to cool down the rooms as the temperature rises.

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Q: Why is the hourly rate so high for electricians?

A: This can be broken down into two reasons. The education and the responsibility of an electrician. An electrician must be updated every two years for the National Electrical Code and also must be up to date on local codes. The responsibility of the permits also plays a role in the rate of an electrician. Like any other service that you would buy, if you are going to have electrical work done on your home, it is better to have someone who is educated on what needs to be done and has the correct permits to do so.

If you need an estimate for an upcoming project, call Doelp Electric today.


Q: I want an exhaust fan installed in my bathroom. What type do I need?

A:  Exhaust fans are based on CFM, which stands for cubic feet per minute. So to determine which exhaust fan you will need, you must first know the square footage of your bathroom. The current code states that a timer switch must also be installed in conjunction to the exhaust fan.

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Q: In order to save on my overall cost, can I buy the parts ahead of time for the electrician to install?

A: Although this would work on paper, the electrician cannot guarentee the pre-purchased parts. Therefore, if something happens to that pre- purchased materials, say in the first month, after the electrician installs them, the electrician cannot warranty the parts. The electrician will then have to charge you for the price of new parts, as well as additional service call and labor costs.

In order to avoid this problem, it is always better to have the electricians purchase all the materials needed for the electrical project at hand.

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