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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
Icarus Electrical are experienced and professional electrical contractors based in Sussex. For all your electrical requirements no matter how large or small, contact us today, or visit us online for more information.
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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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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.