Ceiling Fan Installation
Ceiling fans are a quick and cost effective way to offer a cooling solution without the expense of installing or running an air conditioner.
Ceiling fans by law must be installed by a qualified electrician
The Brissy Electrician team is well versed with ceiling fans and we install them in all sorts of buildings so we hope this article might help when you are wanting a new fan installed and what kind of questions your local electrician should ask you.
While a fan does not lower the actual temperature, it cools you down by creating an airflow over your skin that allows evaporation to happen which cools the skin
In tropical or humid weather ceiling fans are even more effective as humidity makes it more difficult for any sweat on your skin to evaporate and a fan allows this process to work very effectively.
In dryer heat fans are not as cooling effective as they are in humid heat.
In cooler weather ceiling fans can be used to help disperse warm air if it has a reverse function that creates an updraft. Hot air from your heating rises and a ceiling fan reversed will push that warm air down and help with your energy bills and of course we can show you how easy it is to do this when we install a new fan.
Ceiling Fans With Lights Or For Outdoors - What Sort Do You Need?
Selecting the right fan for your situation does require some forethought and the questions we will ask are:
What sort of ceiling is the fan going to be on?
For example is it a concrete ceiling or are you in a flat or apartment with limited access into the roof space? Or is the ceiling strong enough to support a fan and will it need extra bracing
Are you Supplying The fans?
At Brissy Electricians we typically will install standard AC ceiling fans with a wall switch. A good electrician will suggest a separate switch for the fan.which can help to prevent damage from surges.
If you are wanting a particular style of fan then it is important that you go shopping for the fans that you want and have them at your home before we arrive on site.
There are so many style options for all sorts of decorating styles and fans can also incorporate lighting options that we also touch on further down.
We are always here to offer advice with potential fan selections for your living areas.
How high is the ceiling?
Higher ceilings will require an extension rod so that the fan is at the right height to create the airflow you need. If you are buying the fans yourself you will need to make sure that the extension rod is part of your fans purchase.
Do you live in an older style home?
If you do, then you may also need a fuse box upgrade and plus any extra isolation switches.
How many fans do you need?
It is always more cost effective to get all your electrical work done in one visit so ensure that all the rooms that need a fan are mentioned. And a great idea is to have any extra electrical work needed done at the same time. It is really easy for us to put in an extra power point or upgrade a light fitting while we are there.
Are you wanting the fan to incorporate a light and is there already a light fitting in the ceiling?
Fans have now got some excellent lighting options ranging from chandeliers to modern sleek LED's. Always check to see how to remove the light cover for when you have to replace a globe. Some light covers are difficult to open and close. Plastic light covers are now more modern and attractive looking and can be a safer option for a ceiling fan with a light fitting.
How did you want to control the fan?
On the wall controls or did you want a remote control - or there are still fan options with a pull cord.
Have you go enough fans in the space you want to cool?
Often in a larger area you will need 2 or more fans to effectively cool an area - especially if it is an outdoor area.
Where will the fan be?
Outdoor fans will require different fan selection and if you are close to the coast you must ensure that you buy a fan that is rust resistant and the options for a non metal fan have increased.
Please contact the team at Brissy Electricians is you are needing advice on what sort of ceiling fan will suit your home in Brisbane
You can call us on (07) 3064 0615
Do circuit breakers prevent a power surge damaging your appliances?
As Brisbane electricians, This is a question we get asked a lot and the real answer is "No!"
There is a lot confusion when it comes to understanding the difference between a circuit breaker and safety switch. Home owners think that either of these will look after a power surge or stop an electrocution if there is a fault.
But there is a big difference in what these two items do and neither of them actually protects your appliances or precious computer if there is a power surge
Now we all know that a power surge can cause a lot of damage to your electrical appliances and they can happen at any time.
Brisbane residents would more than likely think that thunderstorms and lightening would be the causes when a power surge would happen. Yes they can happen during an electrical storm.
When lightning strikes anywhere near power lines, the bolt of lightning can add several millions of volts into the power grid.
If you know a storm is on the way, it is always a good idea to unplug your computer.And you must actually pull the power cord from the wall. A power surge will still travel into an appliance that is plugged in - Even if the power switch is turned off at the wall, and you can do the same for your other electronic devices like laptops, TVs and kitchen appliances. It is a really good idea to do this when you are going away - Unplug the appliances that you want to look after.
But the bad news is that even with a power surge arrestor ( this is what the device is called that stops power surges)
If a massive power surge happens like this and even if you have a surge protector it is likely it will not prevent damage to your electrical goods.
The only sure fire thing to do is to have your appliances unplugged ( remember, you must remove the plugs from the power point)
If a power surges happens due to another reason like a fault, a fire or downed power lines and this causes a big interruption in the power supply , then yes the devices to protect against power surges (surge arrestors) will work and your licensed Brisbane electrician can install these. In a new home build these are strongly advised to be built in to protect all the in home automation that newer homes are being built with.
Now What Is a Circuit Breaker?
Now what is a circuit breakers?
They are are modern version of a fuse and all they protect is the electrical circuits within a home or building. They essentially just look after the existing wiring!
If their is a higher current than normal or an appliance is faulty ( usually a toaster or kettle) or an overload on a power point, the circuit breaker will trip and cut the power when it detects a high current fault.
What Is A Safety Switch?
Safety switches ( also known as RCD's) are nothing like a circuit breaker and many people confuse these two devices!
The sole purpose of a safety switch or RCD's, is to protect people and save lives
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and detect irregularities in the electrical current.
The RCD almost instantly activates and will cuts the electrical supply to that circuit within 0.03 of a second and that is in less time of a heartbeat.
This will stop an electric shock from happening.
All new homes by law must have safety switches installed.
Older homes built before the introduction of safety switches are not required to have them but legislation states that when an older home has any upgrades done to their switchboard, they must have the appropriate safety switches and circuit breakers installed by a licensed electrician
Australia's states all have slightly different legislation in regards with electrical safety and it is best to check with your local trusted electrician as to what is the law or the standards.
Your Local Trusted Electricians
We at Brissy Electricians are always up to date with the current legislation and standards that Brisbane electricians must adhere to. We go to all training seminars and keep up to date with the Queensland codes of practice to ensure that we are ding the correct thing at all times.
If you are buying a new home, we highly recommend check to ensure that the necessary circuit protection devices are installed correctly before you move in and we are the residential electricians who can do this for you
For more information about how to protect your home with the current electrical circuit protection devices contact Brissy Electricians.
We can perform a safety inspection or electrical audit of your home. This will not only keep your home and appliances safe from any electrical faults - But it will also keep your loved ones safe from being electrocuted.
A simple safety switch will give you pierce of mind.
Contact us today for a free safety audit when you have the next electriacl work done at your house.