The Essential checklist for electricians while upgrading wiring for your home

When upgrading the wiring in or around your home, there are a few things you need to place on your electrician’s checklist, The most important being to make sure your electrician on the Gold coast is fully Qualified and registered with all the necessary permits and insurance covers.

Then you can be sure your job will be done properly, safely and to the correct Australian standards. Then you need to make checklist of all the things you will require done such as:

Power points

Today’s modern 3 bedroom homes require more than 45 power points spread around the house to service all the different appliances and more if you have a home office or workshop attached and don’t forget child proof power points.

  • Lounge room

It’s often a good idea to consider several different seating arrangements for your lounge room and plan where the new power points will need to go accordingly.

  1. Behind the couch lamps
  2. Side table power points for chargers
  3. TV, DVD, projector, computer music centre and sound system
  4. Electric fans and or portable air conditioners
  5. Emergency lighting
  • Bathrooms

It’s important that power points are kept away from wet areas and safety switches are used, your electrician on Gold Coast will be able to advise you on this

Power points for electric razors, hair driers, curling thongs and hair straightness

  • Bedrooms

Many people like to have a range of gadgets in the bedroom so it’s advisable to consider all the ones you use such as

  1. Electric alarm clock
  2. Electric blankets, maybe separate his and hers
  3. Best side reading lamps
  4. Personal computers, maybe a wall mounted flat screen TV with surround sound system
  5. Emergency lighting
  6. Phone charging station
  7. Extra fans or portable air conditioner
  8. Security system and monitor
  9. It’s just as well to add at least an extra power points for vacuum cleaners or floor polishers
  • Kitchen

Some appliances in the kitchen such as the cooking range and oven are hard wired in because of the high current they use, but many others require their own power points

  1. Fridges, freezers and dishwashers
  2. Microwaves and grills
  3. Coffee machines, sandwich makers, rice cookers, crock pots, toasters, kettles and many other modern gadgets
  • Hallway and entrance

These areas require power points for cleaning equipment and security lighting

  • Home office or workshop

These areas require at least 5 to 8 power points depending on how much equipment you need

  • Decks and pool areas

These also require specialized all weather safety power points that you electrician on the Gold Coast can help you with

  • Phone, internet connections and security

These need to be organized early in the planning stage with the providers

  • Lighting

This is a specialty area where your friendly electrician on the Gold Coast can help and advise you on the latest and most cost effective options

  • Heating and cooling options

These are also specialty areas that are best left to competent contractors

Your local electrician on The Gold Coast is fully qualified and experienced in all aspects of electrical upgrades and installations. So they are able to advise you on all the different requirements and your electrical needs when upgrading your home electrical system.

Top Tips to Consider when choosing photoelectric smoke alarms

Smoke alarms have come a long way in recent years; the old style detector is now obsolete. Your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast will be able to advise you of the best types of smoke alarms to install around our home to provide you with adequate protection for your family and possessions. The vast majority of tragedies from home fires are because the property, either didn’t have smoke detectors’ or they had been disabled because of flat or missing batteries.

There is no question about smoke alarms, saving lives, but which alarms are best suited to your particular home could be confusing. These are some of the top tips to consider when choosing a photoelectric smoke alarm:

Types of fire or smoke alarms

The main types of smoke alarms in use in Australia are the photoelectric and ionization alarms.

  • Photoelectric alarms

This type of alarms contains a photo cell and also a light beam that shines away from the cell.

These work because when the smoke enters the alarm’s test chamber, the light beam is scattered by the particles of smoke, some of these are then deflected onto the photo cell which triggers the alarm.

These types of alarms are designed to detect slow, smoky or smouldering fires, the most common fires in homes. Their biggest drawback is that insect of dust that enters the test chamber can also set them off, but regular cleaning mostly of sets this problem.

  • Ionization alarms

This type of alarm contains a minute amount of radioactive material; this reacts to particles that are emitted by fires setting off their alarms. These alarms are best for quick fires that produce little smoke, but burn very hot and quickly. The most common household fires are the slow smoldering types that emit a lot of smoke before they erupt into flame. Often ionisation alarms are slow at detecting these types of fires. They are also likely to be activated from steam or cooking fumes, so are generally not used in kitchens, laundries and bathrooms

  • Dual sensor alarms

These types of alarms give you the protection benefits of both types of alarms, but are not usually suitable in high moisture areas such as kitchens, laundries and bathrooms. Your electrician on the Gold Coast can advise you on the placing and the best type to suit your home

Other common types of alarms

  • Carbon monoxide alarms

These alarms are used mainly in homes with gas furnaces or gas central heating systems. They will detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide a waste product formed from burning gas if your heater develops a fault and does not duct the waste carbon monoxide outside

  • Heat alarms

These were developed to detect excessive heat and are not affected by cooking fumes

 

The best solution for most homes is to use a combination of different alarms to suit your individual needs. Some smoke alarms are wired into your emergency power system, while others use batteries with up to a ten year life. But whichever type you use they all need regular testing Your electrician on The Gold Coast will give you expert advice as well as install the right smoke alarms for you, so your home and family are safe.