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Smoke Alarm and Detector FAQ Adelaide

Smoke Alarm and Detector FAQ Adelaide

Smoke Alarm and Detector FAQ What type of smoke alarm should I install in my Adelaide home? There are 2 main types of smoke detectors, the ionisation and photoelectric. Both types of smoke detectors will work however the photoelectric smoke detector is recommended by the MFS. This type of smoke detector is best suited to fires that occur in houses and will give the best early warning. I’ll take this opportunity to point out that most homes in Adelaide are fitted with the ionisation type as these were previously the recommended type. Another contributing factor is that the photoelectric smoke detector is more costly to purchase than an ionisation type. For this reason we are finding electricians in Adelaide are still fitting ionisation smoke detectors as they deliver the cheapest option for the customer. At Adelaide Electric we ONLY fit photoelectric smoke detectors in your home unless there is a specific requirement for another type of smoke alarm. If you are having a smoke alarm fitted by your electrician in Adelaide, please ask what type of smoke alarm they are fitting and why. Your family’s safety is important. How do I know what smoke alarm I have? With the cover of the smoke alarm open there should be a label inside indicate the type of smoke alarm. The other way to tell is that an ionization type smoke alarm will have a yellow and black radiation symbol. How often should I test my smoke detector? You should be checking your smoke detector once per month by pressing the test button and waiting for an audible alarm. If there is...
Ceiling Fan FAQ Adelaide

Ceiling Fan FAQ Adelaide

Ceiling Fan Frequently Asked Questions When it comes to ceiling fans I find my clients have a lot of questions, and are unsure about the many types of ceiling fans, installation techniques and what it all means for them. Here I have compiled FAQ’s that I get asked often, as well as some information that you will find informative. How much do ceiling fans cost to run? A Ceiling Fan is cheap to run at about 2-3 cents per hour. Here’s a great link for calculating any appliance costs in Adelaide Calculate Appliance Running Costs. A Ceiling Fan will also aid in saving cooling costs when used in conjunction with home air conditioners. What does the Summer/Winter switch do? This switch is found above the motor on the ceiling fan and sometimes labelled S and W. In the Summer position, the fan will blow cooling air down that you can feel. In the Winter position, the fan will turn in reverse. This blows warm air over the ceiling and down the walls. What does the number of blades mean? The most common are 3, 4 or 5 blade fans. There’s not a lot of difference in air flow. A 5 blade fan has more drag and will require more power to run the fan. A 3 blade fan is usually a metal blade fan designed to push a lot of air for its size and thus can be a little noisy. A 4 blade fan tends to be a good compromise for air flow and efficiency. Very large fans may have more blades due to design and aesthetics. Metal...