Electrical Services Sussex
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.