Electrical Requirements for Winter

Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Components this Winter

Winter brings with it many fun aspects such as hot soup, warm blankets, and good movies. There are also some challenges, many of them concern energy consumption and damage to electrical equipment and household components during storms and heavy rain.

The electrical professionals have offered several tips on how to ensure your home remains warm and dry, and your stove remains in working order so you can make your grandmother’s awesome soup, and other delicious hot meals.

Knowing the condition of your home’s electrical supply and the shape of the system is important. If you have an old house, the electrical outlets may need to be upgraded to prevent potential fires and burnt out fuses. Electricians suggest you check all electrics before winter sets in, and make the necessary upgrades, and maintenance, where required.

Air conditioner

Reverse cycle air conditioners are usually only left on one setting throughout winter, and that’s on ‘hot’. In these models, the air conditioning cycle is reversed to produce hot air. These particular designs require a bit more maintenance, so it is suggested that you have it serviced before winter sets in.

Plug points

Maintaining and updating plug points are a good idea, regardless of the season, but checking them before winter sets in, is the safest bet. You can check that your points are all working by checking your mains board. Electrical boards are standardly designed with a ‘test regularly’ button. This earth leakage button is not there to look pretty; it has an actual function.

You switch off all appliances and plugs, and then press the earth leakage button. Your electricity should immediately shut down, which is what it would do in the case of an electrical leak. The electricity should trip and turn off. If your electrical current continues flowing and the electricity stays on, then you will need to contact a residential electrician.

Home entertainment installations

Check your mains board for any leaks because you could blow your television and home entertainment system, which are two of several primary tools that will help you maintain sanity through this wet and windy season.

LED lights

Replace downlights with LED lights. Not only are they suitable for outdoor use, but they are ideal for indoor use too. The components built into the lights allow for less energy usage and a longer lifespan. Your home only needs a low-voltage supply for these lights to work efficiently. They can also be hooked up to an outdoor solar source, reducing your energy costs even more. LED is the electrical wave of the future, so maybe it’s time to get on board with the idea.

Geyser

It’s best practise to flush out your geyser before winter, to promote efficient operation during the cold season. Sediment builds up inside the geyser and, over time, will cause blockages that deteriorate the inside of the tanks. If you’re uncertain how to do this, then please contact a professional.

Before making installations, Steven Murphy Electrical suggests an energy audit. An electrician will examine your home and determine if improvements need to be made for you to save on your winter energy bills. An energy auditor will use diagnostic tools to make the assessment. Stay safe, and warm, this winter with a well maintained electrical system in your home.

Get in touch with Steven Murphy Electrical today for assistance.

Bright Ideas for Better Outdoor Lighting

Get the best out of your outdoor lighting

It’s a chilly night in winter, you have your feet up with that book you just bought and it seems like a winner. You look ahead at the dancing flames before you and smile because despite the months of neglect, your fireplace has become your best friend; keeping warm and reaching that back cover is pretty much the only thing that matters. However, that isn’t the only thing that should be on your mind; with winter comes shorter days, longer nights, and often unwelcome visitors that do their best not to go bump in the night. That’s right, we are referring to intruders.

In winter, daylight becomes increasingly scarce with most states experiencing darkness around 6:30pm. Unfortunately, darkness is when thieves and other unwelcome visitors thrive. Regardless of their determination, intruders are warded off by light. It exposes them. The right lighting in the winter months can help you rediscover peace of mind, and sleep soundly at night, free of any security concerns.

But let’s not put the cart before the horse – first the right installation needs to take place to ensure that maximum benefit and lighting is achieved. In which case, seeking the expertise of professionals would be a good place to start. However, here are a few pointers if you decide to take on the task yourself.

Aim High

Literally. Aim to mount your outdoor lights as high as is feasibly possible. This will help prevent/deter trespassers from trying to dismantle your lights. Apart from keeping them out of reach, it will ensure that areas outside your home are also well lit.

Protection

As much as your lights are designed to provide you with protection and act as a deterrent to intruders, they also need protection. Make sure that the lights you have chosen come with a protective cover or manually install a mesh to cover the lights. This will help prevent them being broken by intruders.

More is more… and better

Using more lights of a medium power will provide you with better results than a few lights of a much higher power. The reason behind this is two prong: more lights of a medium power will assist in providing an even light that reduces the number of poorly lit areas. It also means that in the event that a light stops working, there will still be adequate light.

Safer is better than sorry – Dress for the occasion

Just like the lights themselves, the wiring that supplies them with power needs protection. This will reduce the likelihood of tampering, and of any weather related malfunction. Wherever possible, do not leave any wires exposed.

Lighting around the outside of your home performs more of a function than just security. The visibility that appropriate lighting provides, also addresses safety issues, providing night time light for you and your neighbours. Good lighting will assist you in navigating the outside of your home and identifying exits and entrances.

There is also a need to strike a balance between too much and too little light, avoiding glare while achieving maximum visibility.

When selecting and making provisions for your outdoor lighting, make sure to remember these pointers. If you have doubts about the options available to you, it’s always best to enlist the help of professionals.

Contact Steven Murphy Electrical for dependable lighting solutions that will ensure the safety and security of your premises.

When did it all start for our beloved electrical products

Don’t worry, we’re not going to go into the history of electricity and how it was discovered but, it is interesting to see how our most beloved electrical appliances or products started and evolved. Think about your lifestyle and consider how often you rely on electricity. It’s hard to imagine a time when electric power did not exist. You’d have to write down all your work, deliver messages by hand and have the world of patience to wait for your hair to dry! The truth is, as much as we need to be less dependent on electricity, it is impossible in today’s society. Of course there are environmentally friendly ways of generating power such as solar panels and wind turbines, but it’s simply not practical to live a life without electricity.

We’ve listed some of our most loved electrical appliances and products, and gained a new appreciation for them as we explore how each one has evolved.

Coffee machines

Most people would prefer having a coffee drip attached to them throughout the day but until that technology becomes available, we are completely reliant on our daily coffee stop at Starbucks or the like. Nowadays you can even purchase a coffee machine such as Nespresso or Dolce Gusto to keep in your home! In its humble days, the coffee machine looked like quite the contraption. Invented in 1818 in Paris, the percolator design just needed a hot surface to boil and did not operate with electricity. The first traditional espresso machine was invented in Italy just a few years later in 1833 by Dr Ernest Illy, who founded the Illy brand and Illy Café. Over the years, these machines have evolved into engineered masterpieces that satisfy our caffeine cravings on a daily basis.

Laptops

For Dell and HP to Lenovo and Apple, there are extensive varieties of computer manufacturers around the world. Desktop computers where invented before laptops and were bigger than people! As technology progressed, computers – like cell phones and handbags – became more popular the smaller they became. Due to the sheer size and amount of electricity it took to operate the first computers, there was a demand for a portable solution. This solution however, still requires electricity in the form of a charger. The first laptop was released in 1981 and weighed 10.kgs! Imagine carrying that in your briefcase? Businesses person, freelancer or student, there is no denying the vital role that laptops play in our lives. Working on the go has provided a convenience that can’t be understated. However, without that electric charging cable – it’s useless!

Gaming Consoles

For all the gamers out there, whether you’re team PlayStation or team Xbox, blowing off steam after a hard day’s work just wouldn’t be the same on a handheld, battery-operated toy. There are only five gaming console developers in the world, namely; Atari, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, and Sony. Since 1966, home gaming has taken over the lives of many children and adults around the world – each favouring a specific brand and enjoying a variety of games. Before Xbox and PlayStation editions, there were variations such as Home Pong, Game & Watch, Mega Drive and Lynx but the modern gaming console as we know it today came courtesy of Sony, releasing the PlayStation in 1994. Since then graphics became clearer, games became more intricate and entertainment was measured by plugging a box into a wall that produced hours and hours of fun.

Our lives would not be the same without electricity and the inventions on the 20th century. For all your electrical requirements, contact the Perth specialists – Steven Murphy.

Protecting your home’s electrics against winter storms

Even though Perth’s winters are pretty mild, there are enough thunderstorms and poor weather that can do damage to your home’s electrical system. In order to avoid this and other storm related disasters to your home’s electrics, we have compiled a few tips for you to consider.

Be Prepared

Don’t wait for the storm to hit and damage to occur. Take our advice, prepare well beforehand and you will be equipped to handle most eventualities. This will make any winter storm a fun time to snuggle up safe in your home, without having to worry about an electrical disaster.

Secure your electrics at home

Be proactive and pre-empt the first thunderstorm by checking your home electrics before winter sets in. But do make sure it is a thorough check, the last thing you want are power points that are exposed to the elements, or faulty electrical points in your home.

The best way to have your place checked is to call the experts, who can then identify and hopefully solve any problems while they are there. Any exposed wires must be immediately repaired or water proofed. Remember rats love chewing on electrical cables, so check all accessible cables, especially those in the basement and roof.

In addition to checking the outside, check your indoor electrics as well, this includes the stove, oven and electrical blankets. Any frayed wires must be replaced or repaired, or the item chucked.

Power outages

Depending on where you live, power outages will occur, usually during winter. While you can’t predict these blackouts, you can be prepared, which will prevent a minor nuisance from becoming a major home disaster.

Safety first

A good way to ensure that no one suffers from an electric shock in your home is to install a safety switch. This switch, also known as a residual current device (RCD), can help prevent an electrical disaster in your home. Do not try to install it by yourself, you will need to call qualified, licensed electricians.

Be aware of electrical hazards after a storm or flood

Once the storm has passed, this does not mean that the danger has. Listen to the radio and follow social media for any warnings. Contact your local power company if there is no power and check around your property to make sure no electrical cables are damaged or pose any threat. This includes public power lines not just those at your home.

When it comes to electrical damage or prevention, do not rely on your down ability, no matter how talented you were at school science experiments, call in the professional electricians.

Installing NBN connection

Get fast and reliable internet with Australia’s newest landline & internet network

Everyone in Australia is talking about NBN (National Broadband Network), but most are not sure what it is. We’re here to help. One, we will explain what it is, and two, once we’ve explained it, and you’re convinced of its usefulness, we’ll come and install what you need to get it up and running, if your area is ready of course.

So what is NBN?

NBN is Australia’s latest landline phone and internet network. It is designed to provide homes and businesses with the fastest and most reliable internet service, no matter where in the country you live or work.

NBN Co Limited is a government business entity that is responsible for rolling out these landline and internet services. They supply them wholesale to phone companies and internet service providers who then become resellers of this new network service. Once the area where your home or office is located becomes network enabled, you will require an accredited company to come install the necessary hardware in your home or office. Steven Murphy Electrical Contractors in Perth is one of those trusted technical companies with the knowledge and experience to get you up and running with this fast broadband service quickly and efficiently.

NBN is being rolled out in phases across the country. With the planning stage having passed, we are now in the physical preparation stage, getting areas network-ready all over the country, with close to two million premises already prepared for service. The physical side includes working with Telstras’ existing network to ready them for NBN use. While much of the construction will be conducted by NBN Co Limited, a number of companies have been appointed as subcontractors to assist in launching this exciting project.

Contact your local service providers to get connected

Once the network is installed in your area, you will need to contact your landline phone company or internet service provider to get switched over. If you are ready, you might still need a qualified technician from an accredited company to install the necessary hardware. That’s where Steven Murphy comes in. Check your address to see if you are ready for NBN.

Once installed and switched on, you get to enjoy all the benefits of some of the fastest and most reliable internet services available.

Benefits of NBN

The benefits of fast reliable internet are unlimited.

If you want to find out if you are ready for NBN, contact Steven Murphy Electrical Contractors, and we’ll investigate for you. If you are ready we will then come install what is necessary to get you up and running.

Avoid electrical accidents with these tips

How would you cope if you didn’t have electricity in your home for an entire day? Think about it, you won’t be able to use the microwave, make coffee, watch TV, read at night or charge your mobile phone! The idea makes you realise how often you use electricity and what an important part it plays in your life. If we’re so spoiled with electricity and barely aware of how frequently we use it, it’s understandable that we can easily forget the potential dangers it could hold.

Here are a few tips on how to avoid potential electrical accidents around the house. Make sure that your entire family is familiar with these tips in order to prevent unnecessary mishaps. Even better, write them down and stick them on the fridge where everyone can see them.

Turn off appliances

When you’re not using an electrical appliance, make sure that you turn it off at the switch. If you’re done using your mobile phone charger, make sure you unplug it. If you’re using appliances that generate heat, like a heater in winter, double check that you switch it off and unplug it when you leave the room. A great habit to adopt is to do a routine check when you leave the house to see that everything is properly switched off and unplugged.

Don’t overload sockets

This is probably one of the most important rules to follow. Never overload your sockets with duel plugs and extension cords. A good rule of thumb is to use one plug per socket. If you use extension cords, make sure that it has a fuse that will kick off when it overloads.

Maintenance

Always monitor the condition of your plugs, cords and sockets. Check it regularly for flaws, twists, damaged or exposed electrical wires and burns around sockets or plugs. If you find any problems, get a licenced electrician to fix it and don’t try to repair it yourself.

Visible wires

It might be tempting to hide that annoying cord under your rug but this is another potential hazard. Someone can easily trip over a covered cord but you won’t be able to see the condition of the cord either. An electrical cord should always stay as cool as possible but when you cover it, you prevent it from cooling down naturally.

Don’t expose wires to heat

We tend to use a lot of appliances in the kitchen, especially ones that we can unplug and put back into the cupboard. It’s easy to be so busy with the food you’re preparing that you might not even notice the temporary plugged in cables running over the stovetop or toaster. This is extremely dangerous, so be aware when you’re practicing in your kitchen for the next Master Chef.

There’s nothing more annoying than not being able to get your toast out of the toaster. The great smell of fresh toast might cloud your rational thoughts and drive you to stick your finger or a knife into the toaster. Don’t do this! You may get an electric shock when you are poking your finger into an electrical appliance that is still plugged in.

No liquids

Another vital rule is to keep cables, plugs and all electrical devices away from liquids. When you’re in the kitchen or bathroom, make sure to keep your electrical appliances away from water and only handle them with dry hands. Do not stand in water while using electrical appliances and don’t fill up your electronic kettle while it’s still plugged in.

Socket Safety

Many electrical accidents happen around the socket and plug areas. If you have small children in the house, it’s best to put safety caps on all unused electrical outlets.

When you’re not close to a socket or plug, it’s tempting to want to yank the cord out of the wall. This is very dangerous and can damage the plug, outlet or appliance.

Follow these tips and you will greatly reduce the risk of potential electrical hazards.