Old Home Woes | 3 Warning Signals To Completely Revamp Your Home’s Wired Electrical Systems

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Old Home Woes | 3 Warning Signals To Completely Revamp Your Home’s Wired Electrical Systems

Modern technology has given rise to a wide range of gadgets that run on a home’s electrical systems. While newer homes are more equipped to handle added electrical loads, the wiring in older homes is certainly not built for it. Outdated and worn out wiring in old homes is more common than you think, and it could lead to unprecedented electrical fires. If you live in an older home, be sure to look out for these signs that you need to hire electricians to replace your home’s wiring. Circuit Breakers and Fuses Give Way Often Circuit breakers help to protect a home from potential electrical fires by tripping when the electrical system is overloaded with more energy than it can hold. A fuse provides the same protective service in a home. Fuses must be replaced, while circuit breakers can be switched back on. When circuit breakers and fuses give way more often than normal, it’s a strong indication that more electricity is passing through your wires than they can hold. This could be because too many powered devices are plugged into a circuit at once. This is a clear indication that you will need to replace your wiring before any dangerous fires are started. Resist the urge to replace circuit breakers and wires on your own. Instead, leave it up to an electrician from a company like A.J. Palmer Electrical to change your wiring and circuit breakers since they have been trained to perform the job safely. Constant Dimming and Flickering of Lights Lights that constantly dim or flicker are more signs of overloaded electrical wires and circuits. Good wiring on a circuit will ensure the devices and lights are powered to capacity causing no issues like dimming and flickering. If this is a regular occurrence in your home, call in the electricians to assess whether your wires need replacement. They will check for faulty wires or poorly performing circuit breakers and will take corrective action. Undeniable Burning Odours A constant burning odour in the home is perhaps the scariest sign, as it indicates that a potential electrical fire is imminent. The burning odour starts with an acrid smell. In some cases, there may be a short in the circuit. In other cases, the burning odour could arise because of burnt wiring inside the wall. This is an important sign to shut off your electrical circuit breakers and mains before calling the electricians. You’ll also want to keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case it gets out of hand before the electrician arrives. Treat these warning signals as important and be sure to call in the electricians immediately to fix your outdated electrical...

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How To Protect Your Home And Electrical Goods Against Storms

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Protect Your Home And Electrical Goods Against Storms

With an El Niño weather pattern now having been officially declared by the Bureau of Meteorology it means that the threat of damaging cyclones and flooding has been reduced for the summer ahead. However, because of the predicted increase in temperatures it still means that Australia may be impacted by dry but damaging storms with high levels of lightning strikes. Along with the usual storm preparation, it’s worth giving some thought to protecting your electrical goods and electricity supply from storm damage: Get your house storm surge protected If your home, or the power lines which supply your home with electricity, are struck by lightning, an enormous amount of energy can surge through your powerlines. This power surge is enough to destroy many of your electrical items such as computers, modems, and televisions. Many people turn off and unplug their electrical items during storms for this reason. However, if you’re not home or a storm strikes without warning your appliances are very vulnerable to this type of damage. For this reason, it’s a good idea to hire an electrician to install protective devices which act as a barrier against power surges. Surge protectors can be used on individual devices, but the most effective protection is to have a powerful surge protector installed on your main supply board. This means that all of your devices, appliances, and electrical output points will be covered. Install a backup generator It’s not uncommon during storms for your electricity supply to be disconnected due to lightning strikes or high winds damaging electricity lines. This can be a real problem, especially during heatwaves which may see temperatures soar into temperatures in excess of forty degrees Celsius. During these heat waves, your health can be seriously compromised if you don’t have air-conditioning to cool you down. Young children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke, which can be fatal. Having an electrician install a petrol powered generator as a backup power source is a precaution well worth taking. It doesn’t have to be a large generator, just one that will allow you to run your air-conditioning and keep your fridge and freezer operating efficiently. Your electrician will be able to advise you on the best size and model for your needs. Installing surge protection and a generator will of course cost you some money, but it’s money well spent. Replacing all your electrical goods will be significantly more costly, and keeping your family cool and safe during a heat wave is a priceless investment. To learn more, contact a company such as Foreman-Sheean Electrical & Communications with an yquestions you...

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Fact or Myth: Fibre Optic Cabling

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fact or Myth: Fibre Optic Cabling

Fibre optic cabling continues to be a popular choice for commercial and residential properties across Australia. This is in large part due to the fairly new discovery of its benefits. While the cabling itself is actually significantly dated, its use as a primary means of transmitting data is relatively new. It is the fastest and most reliable way to transfer large amounts of data over a given period. As technology advances, it is positioned to be the leading source of data and communication. There are many common misconceptions about fibre optic cabling, despite it being one of the most popular solutions. Here’s a round of “fact or myth” to help you learn more about its benefits: The Most Efficient Solution Fact: Fibre optic cabling does not break down as quickly as copper wiring. This is because copper wiring relies on electricity to transmit data and the more electricity that runs through its wiring over significant distances, the more the signal weakens until it’s no longer able to transmit. Fibre optic cabling actually runs on light and not electricity. There’s absolutely no electrical current, reducing the breakdown and production of high temperatures. It is actually the most efficient and safe way to transmit data, no matter the distance. Is Fibre Optic Cabling Expensive? Myth: The actual price of fibre optics is cheaper than other mediums. This is due to its lack of electrical requirement. A system that runs on light and with such a low energy consumption rate is much cheaper to transmit data than other electrical-based options. Not to mention, it’s also much better for the environment due to its low energy consumption as well. Fast & Lightweight Fact: Fibre optic cabling is extremely portable, making it easy to transport and even easier to install. This means that as compared to traditional cabling, you will save a lot more money on installation costs by going with this method of cabling. That means, saving money both in upfront fees and also down the line in month costs as well. Fibre Optic Cabling is Only Used for Transmitting Data Myth: The discovery of it’s advanced effectiveness with transmitting data is what’s ultimately new with this cabling. However, it’s been used across multiple industries in the past to serve a vast array of purposes. Examples include decorative lighting, signs, imaging, and supplying power to products. The expectation is that in years to come, it will continue to be used for more Contact an electrical company if you have more questions or...

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