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A safety switch is the best innovation the electrical industry has seen in terms of electrical safety.
It’s a device installed in your switchboard that’s able to detect an imbalance between the active and neutral conductors, which automatically switches itself off when a fault to earth is present.
This means if a member of your family comes into contact with a live electrical component, they’re safe. The circuit will switch itself off in under a third of a second.
Since safety switches were brought into commission in the late 1990’s, new legislation has been released, requiring all circuits in a home to be protected by a safety switch.
If you’re unsure whether your home is protected, it’s important you call your qualified electrician to carry out a safety inspection.
It’s important to test your safety switches every three months to ensure they’re still operating correctly.
The good news is you can do this yourself by operating the integral test button on the front of the safety switch. If it trips when testing, the switch is doing its job.
A more thorough safety audit will provide complete piece of mind though, as the safety switch will fail to operate if the circuit’s earth wire isn’t present or is faulty in the field.
An electrical safety audit is recommended once every 2 years for piece of mind.
Over the years, safer and more efficient devices have come into play in the electrical industry.
What was best practice many years ago might be considered unsafe by today’s standards. New electrical legislation mirrors this idea, with minimum safety standards set out by the electrical safety office in AS3000.
It’s a good idea to have a safety inspection carried out by a qualified electrician to ensure your switchboard meets todays legislation/minimum safety standards.
It’s strongly recommended that old wiring is replaced.
Older electrical cables were sometimes made of a sheath that has proven to break down over time, which can cause a short circuit.
Short circuited cabling is one of the leading cause of house fires in Australia, so it’s a serious risk. Contact us today if you’re concerned about your old wiring.
All circumstances are different, although this general rule of thumb can give a good guide to what size air conditioner you’d need –
There’s a lot of other varying factors to take into account too.
Is the ceiling height extra tall? Does the room run hot anyway due to direct sunlight or insulated walls? A tin shed for instance would be a lot hotter naturally than a brick and tile home.
If you’re unsure, we always recommend going a size above what you think you’ll need.
Tariffs are a way of helping Energex balance bigger electrical loads (such as hot water systems) to come on at times when there’s less demand on the electrical grid. They incentivise home owners with a cheaper rate of electricity to use these tariffs, helping you out at bill time.
The two main tariffs available are tariff 31 and tariff 33. Tariff 31 is available for at least 8 hours per day, whereas tariff 33 is available for at least 18 hours per day.
There’s a number of reasons why your light bulbs might be blowing frequently.
Cheaper bulbs have a tendency to do this, loose connections might be the reason, or higher than normal voltages.
LED bulbs tend to outlast the older incandescent bulbs as they’re not as subject to vibration. If you’ve installed good quality LED bulbs and you believe there still may be an issue.
Be sure to call DK Electrical Co today
LED lighting is one of the best innovations in the electrical industry over the past 20 years.
On average, LED’s are 5-6 times more efficient than their incandescent counterparts, offering up to $350 in saved electricity per year for the average household
A DC ceiling fan has a built-in inverter which converter the AC electricity to a lower voltage DC power source, and the advantages are awesome.
DC ceiling fans are far more efficient, using up to 70% less electricity. They’re significantly quieter than an AC fan, and tend to have more available speeds, as well as the reverse function which can be controlled by the remote. They’re also quicker to start and stop.
Contact DK Electrical Co today to discuss your options
DIY electrical projects are an accident waiting to happen. There’s a lot more involved from a safety aspect than most people think.
Although a quick YouTube tutorial might teach you the basics, what isn’t explained or understood is the multitude of safety check which must be carried out to ensure the new circuit is earthed correctly, the polarity is checked, the insulation is tested for short circuit faults, the safety switch operates within a safe timeframe, the fault loop impedance is at a safe level and so on.
Any one of these tests fails and the consequences with electricity are dire. Always use a licensed electrician. Electricity shouldn’t be played with or treated as a hobby.
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