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Touchton Electric and Alarms, Inc.

Serving the residents of Pittsburg, KA since 1969.

In 1969, Elijah “Touch” Touchton was discharged from the United States Air Force after serving for eight years, including one year in Vietnam. After being discharged, Touch, Doris and their daughter Janet moved to Pittsburg, Kansas. Touch’s goal was to attend Pittsburg State University and to become an electrician.  While attending classes, he also worked part-time for R.E. Emerson until graduation.

Touch started his own business, Touchton Electric Service, in 1972, doing residential and commercial wiring.  A classmate, Floyd Crain, worked with Touch as an electrician.  Another classmate, Phil Lane, became the office manager.  When Phil retired, Wanda Nickle was the office manager for many years.

In the early years of the business, “Butch” Emerson was Touch’s “coach”.  He was available at any time of day or night to answer questions or offer advice.  He was a good friend and an important part of Touchton Electric becoming an established business.

Please contact us by calling (620) 232-9294, or emailing us here.

Security Alarms Can Be Invaluable

By on June 30, 2014

Why security alarms?

You name it — homes, businesses, industrial or even military properties — all can make good use of security alarms. A security alarm  is designed to detect intrusion or unauthorized entry into a building or area. Security alarms are used for protection against burglary (theft) or property damage, as well as personal protection against intruders.  Some alarm systems serve a single purpose of burglary protection. Combination systems provide both fire and intrusion protection. Intrusion alarm systems may also be combined with closed-circuit television surveillance systems to automatically record the activities of intruders, and may interface to access control systems for electrically locked doors. Systems range from small, self-contained noisemakers, to complicated, multi-area systems with computer monitoring and control.

Two options generally preferred

There are two options generally available when it comes to selecting the best security alarm for your home. They are wired and wireless. As technology continues to progress, more homeowners are opting to install wireless systems over hard-wired ones because of the ease of installation and versatility of these systems. While a wireless security alarm does offer many advantages over its wired counterpart, it can be helpful to compare the pros and cons of a wireless security alarm before making your final decision.

Pros of security alarms

Portability is one of the most appealing aspects of a wireless security alarm. Unlike wired systems that require a professional to run wires through all the walls in your home, wireless systems only require a few nuts, bolts, and screws to install the system properly. As a result, wireless systems are not only easier to install, but also easier to modify. For example, if homeowners decide they want to change existing components or add new components to their system, this is much easier to do to a wireless security alarm. Another factor is that a wireless system is easily adaptable to different environments. A wireless security alarm is perfect for renters who only stay at a particular residence temporarily. Most property owners do not allow renters to drill holes in the home’s walls to install a hard-wired alarm system. However, since wireless systems are so non-invasive, they are a perfect solution for renters who do not want to compromise on state-of-the-art home security. Because renters tend to move around more than homeowners do, wireless security alarms are also an ideal choice because they enable renters to take their systems with them when they move. A wireless security alarm relies on batteries for power, so it does not need to connect to the power grid in your home. Therefore, you do not have to worry about a lapse in protection if a blackout occurs.

Cons of security alarms

Security alarms need to be maintained on a regular basis. This is never more true than with  wireless alarm systems where batteries must be relied upon on a regular basis. You need to maintain the devices regularly to ensure that the battery levels are always at an adequate level and replace them when they are not. Many wired alarm systems have the ability to alert an alarm service, the police, or fire department if an alarm triggers. Some modern wireless alarms systems can call 911 and play a prerecorded message, though most of them are not able to integrate into the telephone system and make loud noises. However, if an alarm company monitors your wireless system, you do not need to worry about this. Wireless alarm systems transmit their information via radio signals. This means that every component must be within range of the main control panel or other central processing station. For large homes, this can be a problem and may leave some areas without coverage.

Why You Should Get an Alarm System for Your Home – Now!

By on June 2, 2014

Do you worry about the safety of your family and household possessions? Of course, you do. All of us have an instinctive need to protect the things we most cherish. When we were young, it is the little things like

Top Considerations When Buying A Home Alarm System

By on April 28, 2014

According to the National and Fire Alarm Association, over 2 million American homes are burglarized every year. Most of them have no home alarm system, so it is safe to say that these alarm systems can do a great job