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Make Your Life Much Easier with These 5 Electrical Services
Looking for ways to make your life much easier? Of course you are. So is everyone else.
The difference between you and them is that in five minutes – the time it takes to read this post- you’ll know how. Five electrical services in Seaford that can be used to make your life much easier are:
Icarus Electrical is proud to offer home management electrical services in Seaford that will put comfort, peace of mind, and security at your fingertips. We simplify your life by using Wi-Fi and blue tooth technology that allows you to control appliances with the touch of a button or swipe of the finger. Heating, air conditioning, electronic media devices, blinds, lighting, and even CO2 detectors can all be controlled. Even when you’re not home.
Customer testimonials include great reviews for the following features:
- Automatic light dimming and brightening while watching movies
- Blinds that can be programmed to open and close at set times
- Alerts sent after surveillance cameras detect movement
- Adjustment of the thermostat to the perfect temperature before arriving home
Audio and Visual
Multi-room audio visual systems can save you a lot of money and improve the mood of your entire home. Here’s how they work – entertainment sources are centralised to allow immediate access from all areas of the home. At any time or place, you can control your television, digital video recorded (DVR), DVD player, audio system, CD player, or iPod. Visit us online to find out more about our audio and visual services.
Inspecting and Testing
Your home’s well being is something you shouldn’t have to worry about. Ever. Proper electrical inspecting and testing is important. It takes a weight—that shouldn’t be there—off your shoulders. It also ensures that you meet the stringent rules and regulations of the Health and Safety Commission.
Fire Alarm Testing
You have a fire alarm. It should work. All the time – That’s why you bought it.
If it doesn’t or if you don’t have one, contact Icarus Electrical and we’ll help you out. We’re a professional fire alarm installer with the experience needed to handle any and all repairs, installations and fire alarm testing.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
PAT is also important. It keeps you safe. Luckily, Icarus Electrical offers simply structured competitive pricing that will beat any price you find whilst still providing you with the highest quality PAT testing service. Five minutes is up.
You now know how to make your life much easier.
For further enquiries feel free to contact Icarus Electrical today and we’ll gladly help you. We’ve been in business for over 20 years because we provide quality electrical services in Seaford and surrounding areas. We’re a family run company that always puts our customers first. Our electrical contractors in Seaford are the type you can count on.
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Does Your Business Premises Need PAT?
Electricity is an essential part of our everyday lives. We need it to run our homes and our businesses. But for employers, electrical appliances that are safe to use are also a Health and Safety issue. Employers have a duty of care to their employees and must ensure that working conditions are comfortable and above all, safe.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a service offered to employers and individuals to ensure that electrical appliances in the workplace and in domestic properties are working correctly and safely. PAT is not compulsory by law, although Health and Safety laws do require that employers maintain their electrical equipment to ensure that they are in safe working order and there’s no risk of injury.
If you run a business then a PAT service is highly recommended for peace of mind. Here’s a look at what’s involved in PAT and injuries that can occur if appliances aren’t maintained to a safe standard.
Portable Appliance Testing involves the inspection, testing and visual checking of portable appliances such as kettles, microwaves, power drills, heaters, hair drying equipment and medical equipment to ensure they are safe to use.
How regularly they are tested can depend on the type of appliances and how often they are used. For example, a power tool or hair drying and sun lamps would need testing more regularly than a table lamp in a bed and breakfast.
Simple tests can be easily carried out by a competent member of staff. However, for safety’s sake more complex appliances that have a greater potential to cause injury should be tested by a professional PAT tester. An annual inspection is recommended for peace of mind.
Which Businesses Need PAT?
Although PAT is not obligatory by law, there are certain businesses that should take advantage of a professional inspection. These are:
- Beauty and hair salons
- Health clubs
- Doctor and dentist surgeries
If you don’t keep an eye on your electrical appliances, your employees, customers or tenants are at risk from the following electrical injuries:
- Electric shock. Voltage as low as 50 volts can block the electrical signals between the brain and muscles resulting in cardiac arrest, muscle spasms, respiratory failure and even death.
- Electrical burns. Deep internal burns that require major surgery and can result in severe disability.
- Thermal burns. Skin burns due to appliances overheating from overloads, faults, bad maintenance or short circuits.
For more information on our PAT services and other electrical services in Bexhill, contact Icarus Electrical today, or visit us online for further help and information.
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To DIY Or Not To DIY?
Recent economic instability and an uncertain housing market means that many homeowners are deciding to stay put and renovate or extend rather than move home. This has led to an increased interest in DIY home improvements.
However, it’s got to be asked: if you’ve decided to take on a DIY project, do you really know what you’re doing? What’s more, do you have the knowledge and skills to complete a job successfully and safely?
If you’re thinking of taking on a DIY project over the summer, here are a few factors you should consider before you make a start.
If you are an expert DIYer then doing a job yourself can save you a lot of money. However, the price you have to pay is your time investment. Are you a weekend warrior who can only work on your DIY project during time off and over the weekends? Even a simple DIY job can end up taking months to complete if your commitment time is limited.
Certain jobs such as sanding back floors that creates a great deal of dust and dirt or kitchen and bathroom improvements can end up causing major upheavals if the job takes a long time to finish. The prospect of having an inaccessible kitchen or bathroom for long periods of time is not a happy one. You may be saving money, but if a professional can complete the work in half the time it might be wiser to swallow your pride and pay for a job to be done more quickly.
Also bear in mind if you’re tackling a DIY project for the first time, the money you save by not calling in a professional may well be spent on buying the necessary tools.
If you don’t have the skills, you may end up paying a professional even more money to correct a job that you’ve botched up. Do you know enough to complete the process from start to finish? Popular TV shows make DIY look easier than it is.
Two areas you should definitely leave to the professionals are plumbing and electrics. Botched plumbing could easily flood your home and fiddling about with electrical wiring could result in fire, injury or even death.
No matter how competent you think you are, the following are absolute DIY no no’s:
- Electrical works
- Asbestos removal
- Roof work
- Gas appliance work
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Electrical Services For Your New Home
Moving home is an exciting time. However, unless you’re moving straight into a brand new home designed to your specifications, there may be some adjustments you’d like to make, whether it’s a major renovation project or just a simple lick of paint.
Whatever, home improvements you plan, you’ll most probably need the services of a qualified electrician. Even simple electrical jobs can be dangerous, so choose a reputable contractor for peace of mind. Here’s a look at just some of the services a qualified electrician can provide.
If you’re moving into an older property, it’s possible the wiring is out of date. Old fuse boxes, black rubber cables, round pin sockets and braided cables are all signs of old and unsafe wiring. Total rewiring can be very disruptive, so get it sorted before you move in and start any renovation works.
Energy Efficient Lighting
If you’re planning on changing your lighting to more modern designs such as ambience lighting, recessed lights and spotlights, opt for energy efficient LED lighting which will cut down on your energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint. And don’t forget the garden. Your electrician can safely install any outdoor lighting and exterior sockets to create the perfect look for your outdoor areas.
Solar PV Installation
Moving home is the perfect time to consider a more sustainable way of living. Professionally installed solar panels not only give you free electricity but you can also sell what you don’t use back to the grid.
What could be better in your new home than a high-tech, centralised audio and visual system, allowing access to your home entertainment from any room or area of your house? Many new homeowners also want a dedicated home theatre room set up with state-of-the-art hardware and wireless technology.
Whether you’re moving to the town or the country, home security should be a top priority. Consider installing security devices to make your new home safe and secure. From simple cost effective solutions to state-of-the art alarms, a professional electrician can install a whole range of security devices such as burglar alarms, cctv cameras, outdoor sensor lighting, smoke and CO2 alarms to name just a few.
Icarus Electrical provides a wide range of electrical services in Brighton and throughout Sussex from a simple socket replacement to complete rewiring and installation of high-tech systems, so you can enjoy your new home in safety, style and comfort. Whatever your requirements, we have a qualified and experienced electrician to suit your needs. Contact us today for more information, or visit us online.
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Securing Your Home
The growing crime rate in the UK is a worry, especially for home and business owners. Theft of personal property and housebreaking is on the rise. These are often opportunistic crimes where intruders will take advantage of weaknesses and oversights to gain access.
If you want to secure your home, then your first priority will be to ensure that entry points such as windows, doors and garage entryways have modern locking systems and burglar proof frames. However, for greater security and peace of mind, consider installing these additional security devices.
From a basic ringing device to state-of-the-art police alert systems, there are various types of alarms available for all budgets.
Wired security systems need to be installed professionally. Wireless, battery-powered models are available to buy cheaply, however, they are very basic and the batteries need changing regularly for them to be effective.
Audible alarms ring when movement is detected by a series of sensors positioned throughout the property. They should suffice in low-risk areas with a good neighbourhood watch collaboration.
Monitored alarms are connected to an external centre, who will inform the police if the entrant cannot be identified as a password holder of the property. These are recommended for higher risk properties, business premises and properties in remote areas.
Ensure that outdoor lights are positioned to illuminate all entryways including your garage doors. Outdoor security lights have motion detectors that are triggered when sensing movement. Security lighting is more effective than simply leaving outdoor lights on. Sudden illumination will alert yourselves and your neighbours of suspicious movements far more effectively than continuous lighting. Ultimately, it’s also more cost-effective and less annoying.
Intruders are more likely to target an empty property. Timed lights that come on in different rooms for chosen periods create the effect that someone’s at home and are an effective, less costly security measure. Timers can be connected to existing wall switches, by using plug-in timers or by installing digitally controlled light switch timers.
Modern state-of-the-art security devices now allow you to control your alarm, lighting and even window blinds remotely so that you can stay in control of securing your home wherever you are.
For total peace of mind, contact a professional electrical contractor to install and service your security devices. Icarus Electrical offers a range of electrical services Sussex, including home security and fire safety installation devices. For more advice and information, contact us today or visit us online.
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When You Need A Professional Electrician
If you are keen on home improvements then DIY is a good way to save money and get various jobs done cheaply. However, if you’re dealing with electrics, it’s often best to leave things well alone and call in a qualified electrician. That doesn’t mean that you should call someone out to change a light bulb, but that you should be aware of the dangers of dealing with electrics in your home. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up spending more on subsequent repairs and also put your household in danger.
Whether for repair works or installation, here are a few examples of when to call in a professional electrician.
We’ve all experienced tripped circuits and being left in the dark every now and then. But if it happens often it could mean your circuits are overloaded or there’s a fault in the wiring system.
There are many simple reasons that your lights may flicker from time to time. It could just be a simple case of a loose bulb or an interruption to outside power lines caused by windy or stormy weather. However, constantly flickering lights could also mean a loose circuit connection or older wiring which can cause overheating and create a fire risk.
If you have extension cords running through the house and hiding under the rugs then you should get additional sockets installed. Don’t overload sockets with too many plugs and large appliances should be directly plugged into a single outlet and not shared with others. Sockets that have blackened surrounds and are warm to touch should be checked by a professional.
An electrician shouldn’t just be called out for faults and repairs. You’ll also need professional help for the following:
Older and period properties are very popular in the UK. If the house of your dreams is more than 20 years old though, you should get the wiring inspected by a professional electrical contractor.
A professional electrician will be able to install fire alarm and prevention systems and home security systems including alarms and motion sensor outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting can look fantastic but water, soil and electricity don’t mix well so get a professional to install lighting for your garden and driveway.
Modern audio and visual systems have state-of-the-art features such as a centralised AV system throughout the house. To ensure it works perfectly, have it professionally installed.
For more information on our electrical services, contact Icarus Electrical, Eastbourne today.
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The Dangers Of DIY Electrical Jobs
We do love our home improvements in the UK. With the accessibility of huge DIY superstores and the desire to cut corners and save money, Do It Yourself is a popular pastime.
You may consider yourself a dab hand with a paintbrush and an accomplished handyman but when it comes to the wiring and electrics, leave it to a qualified professional.
Electrics in your home are dangerous and, if dealt with wrongly, can be a fire or shock hazard. If you need the services of an electrician, then now is not the time to be trying to save money. DIY electrical repairs could end up costing you more than expensive repair bills. Here’s a look at some of the common dangers associated with DIY electrical jobs.
If your property is more than 25 years old, there’s a chance the wiring is out of date. Old wiring is a high fire risk. It can’t keep up with modern day demands of chargers, usb portals, games consoles and sound systems. If you can’t run your washing machine, coffee machine, TV and computer at the same time without a circuit blowing, your wiring system is probably overloaded and you’ll need to call in a qualified electrician.
Many property owners make the mistake of trying to bind exposed, flexed wiring with ducting tape. It’s like putting a band aid on a compound fracture and will only lead to more trouble.
Installing a new light fitting may seem like a simple job but if you fit the wrong fixture, your wiring system can’t cope with higher wattages. Another mistake is fitting the wrong wattage bulb for the fixture. The bulb will overheat and can melt the socket, shatter or even burst into flames.
There are different kinds of electrical wires and each one has a specific purpose. Using the wrong type of wire during your DIY jobs can result in short circuiting and possible fire.
Many people assume that a larger fuse is better as it will be able to handle higher currents. The wrong fuse or loosely fitted fuses can cause circuits to overheat and catch fire.
A mild electric shock is not pleasant. At the very least you could suffer severe burns. But a high voltage shock can kill you. Then anyone who touches you, if the current is still on, will also be shocked.
Leave your electrics to a qualified professional. For more information on our range of electrical services Brighton, contact Icarus Electrical today.
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Electrical Fire Safety In The Home
Electrical fires are a common occurrence in UK homes. In this modern age of high technology, we are using more electricity than ever before. Just think how many adaptors for smartphones, tablets and lap tops you have and how many appliances we leave in continuous standby mode.
Electricity is essential for a smooth running household, however, many of us don’t understand how dangerous it can be.
Mis-use, poor maintenance and age can increase the risk of shock injuries or an electrical fire.
Here are some things you should check to help prevent the risk of an electrical fire in your home.
Condition Of Wiring
When moving into or renovating an older property have the condition of the wiring checked by a qualified electrical contractor. All electrical wiring and fixtures pre-1960s such as cables covered in rubber black insulation and light switches inside the bathroom should be replaced.
All wiring is insulated to protect live wires from contact with water, inflammables and human touch. However, wires can be damaged if cut by vacuum cleaners, garden trimmers, electric lawnmowers or hand held kitchen appliances. It’s not enough to tape them; damaged cables should be replaced.
Keep all electrical appliances away from water. Water is a powerful conductor of electricity and can cause injury and death. Store a multi-purpose fire extinguisher in the case of an electrical fire. Never try and extinguish an electrical fire with water.
Avoid overloading sockets. High current appliances such as kettles and irons should be plugged into a single socket. If a socket has burn marks or feels hot to touch, do not use it and call a qualified electrical contractor to inspect it.
Never use the wrong amp bulb for your light fixtures, even table lamps. Down lighters are fashionable and discreet but they can be a fire hazard if incorrectly installed. Ensure that you choose the correct amp bulbs for your down lights and always call in a qualified electrician to install them.
Electric blankets can be dangerous if not used and stored correctly. Never fold an electric blanket, roll it instead to prevent damaging the internal wires. Only leave a blanket on overnight if it has a thermostat and is specifically designed for the purpose. Never switch on a blanket that is damp.
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Is Your Wiring Out Of Date?
In the UK we love to restore older properties, returning them to their former glory and keeping original features. However, one original feature you won’t want to keep, is the electrical wiring. It’s not just an issue with period properties. Any building over 25 years old with original wiring will need to have it replaced to be compliant with Building Regulations safety and energy efficiency standards.
Re-wiring is disruptive, as floorboards, plasterwork, carpets and flooring will need to be removed, so it’s best to get it done before moving in or carrying out any home improvement works. Re-wiring is not a DIY job and needs to be carried out by a qualified electrical contractor.
Here are some signs that your wiring is out of date and needs replacing.
Old Fuse Box
Signs of an old fuse box that needs replacing are: wooden backs, cast iron switches, no labels and a mix of different fuses. Black rubber cables are used in older fuse boxes. These can deteriorate over time, exposing live wires which can result in a fire or electrical shock.
Plugs And Switches
Check your plugs for broken plastic casings that expose the inner components. Round pins are frequently found in older properties and should be replaced with the modern 3 pin variety. Round black switches may be in keeping with an older property, but will need to be replaced as will sockets attached to the skirting boards instead of the wall itself.
Check any plugs that are warm to touch or emit a ‘fizzing’ or ‘crackling’ sound when in use.
Old style lightbulbs consume more energy and frequently blow. All light bulbs should be replaced by energy efficient ones.
Round switches were used pre-1960s so will need to be replaced with modern versions. New replica versions are available to buy if you still want to keep an original look.
Check for flickering lights, it is a sure sign that your fuse box is out of date or your light switches are not functioning correctly. This can be a serious fire risk and needs to be inspected by a qualified electrician.
Old braided cables hanging from central ceiling lights need to be replaced with modern PVC cabling.
You may find that an older property has had some refurbishment so a completer re-wire may not be necessary, however, to avoid constant wiring problems and costly repairs, a complete re-wire may end up being more cost effective in the long run.
For more information and advice, contact Icarus Electrical Contractors Brighton.
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Why You Should Switch To LED Lighting
Cutting down on your energy consumption is as easy as switching on a switch. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and make your home or business more energy efficient, one of the most popular and easy solutions is to install energy efficient lights. Just this one simple change can have a positive effect, not only on the environment, but also on your energy bills and even your general health. Here’s why:
LED lights use 90% less energy than conventional lights. That means they are 20 times more energy efficient than traditional lighting and they use a fraction of the energy to produce the same amount of light.
Conventional lightbulbs lose 95% of heat when they are switched on. LEDs only lose 5%. LEDs are cold to touch and won’t heat up like conventional bulbs so you won’t risk burning your fingers if you touch them. The cold light is perfect for indoor plant growth, while the light produced still manages to create a warm glow around your rooms.
Good For Your Health
LED lights are actually good for you!
There’s no high powered discharge that can hurt your eyes.
There’s no UV light to damage your skin.
They don’t attract bugs and insects so there’s less chance of being bitten and no need to use toxic insecticide sprays.
LED light therapy can be used to treat a number of skin conditions such as sun-damaged skin.
They don’t contain harmful environmental pollutants like mercury or lead.
Their low voltage means greater electrical safety and less risk of electrical fires.
LEDs are recyclable, in fact they have 4 times less environmental impact than conventional lights. As LEDs use less energy, less energy needs to be produced to power them from fossil fuel sources such as goal and gas.
The average LED lightbulb lasts around 25,000 hours and many have a lifespan of up to 20 years. They are low maintenance and also incredibly durable. Their thick coating is almost unbreakable and they don’t have a delicate inner filament like conventional bulbs. They are also rust proof, so are ideal for outdoor lighting.
Although they are more expensive to buy than standard bulbs, you’ll get your money back from lower energy bills. Changing just 20 bulbs in your home or office will save you almost £300 each year.
For more information on LED lighting installation, contact Icarus Electrical contractors, Sussex today, or visit us online to view our full range of services.