Your frequently asked electrical questions

Your frequently asked electrical questions, answered!

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How electricity works is a mystery to many people, and it’s common for us to have a lot of questions about electricity because of the potential dangers involved. Here we’re going to answer some of the most frequently asked electrical questions.

What’s the difference between a circuit breaker and a fuse?

Both have the same function – stopping the electricity from flowing when a fault occurs. Once a fuse trips it has to be replaced, but a circuit breaker can simply be reset. That’s why circuit breakers are a lot more common.

What does short circuit mean?

Excessive heat is created when a wire that is carrying electricity touches the grounded conductor wire. This sometimes creates sparks, and if you witness these then a short circuit has definitely happened. In this situation you must consult a professional electrician for help.

I’ve seen an outlet say GFCI. What does that mean?

This is an electrical outlet that has been specifically designed to protect people from a potential shock if there is moisture present. Usually you will find these outlets in kitchens and bathrooms. Many will feature reset buttons because when moisture is present it automatically trips.

Why do I have frequent light bulb blow outs?

There could be a number of different reasons your bulbs are blowing. However, one reason may be because they’re overheating, which is a fire risk. If you’re having to replace a lightbulb frequently, you need to call in a trained electrician.

Is my electrical panel dangerous?

Most electrical panels aren’t dangerous as long as you know what you’re doing. If you don’t, it’s best not to touch them. Many homes have an outdated electrical panel which will need replacing to be able to power modern electronics and appliances.

Making your home smart

Making your home smart

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Virtually everything in your home, including lights, thermostats and power sockets, can be connected to your WiFi and controlled remotely through a mobile device. But making your home smart can be a little mind-boggling, as there are so many accessories that work in tandem with others, and some are superior to others. Here’s a little help sorting the wheat from the chaff in finding products to make your home smart.

Choosing your assistant

Virtual voice-controlled assistants include Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, and they help you control smart home products through simple voice commands. These tools are all quite similar, but have different strengths that will appeal to different people, so it is worth exploring the options to find your ideal home assistant. Here is the hardware that’s available to you:

Amazon’s Alexa: Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show

Apple’s Siri: iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Google’s Assistant: Google Home, Google Home Mini, Android smartphones/tablets

You can put your smart assistant to work controlling other parts of your home, but you’ll need to purchase the necessary smart equipment. Here are some popular choices:

Lighting

There is a wide range of smart lighting to choose from. Some systems require a ‘bridge’, while others include a built-in WiFi connection. The latter type is simpler to set up, but will cost a little more.

Smart plugs

Many plug-in appliances like fans, coffee makers and electric kettles can be made smart with the installation of a smart plug. This enables you to set a specific time for something to be activated, or to power it on/off remotely.

Thermostats

Smart thermostats like Nest connect to your WiFi so you can control them remotely with your smartphone or assistant. This means you can shut off heating when you’re not at home to save on energy, or even turn the heating on when you leave work so the house is warm when you get home.

There are other things you can take control of remotely in a smart home, like your doorbell, security system, entertainment, alarm clocks and more. If you’re struggling with adding smart features to your home in Swindon, contact EJS Electrical and we’ll help you get started.

Importance Of Electrical Inspection And Testing

Importance Of Electrical Inspection And Testing

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Before buying or renting a property, an electrical inspection must always be your top priority. It’s a vital part of evaluating a home or a commercial space, whether it’s ready for occupancy or needs some quick repairs. Faulty wiring can lead to all sorts of dangerous situations and if it’s ignored, it may be harmful to all members of your family or company.

But with the help of a registered electrician, you can have your property and appliances inspected first. Having these inspections performed regularly will make sure that all your appliances and wires are in working order. And this may also help to lower the risk of an accident that may occur.

Avoid unexpected delays and expenses

Routinely checking your electrical system can help prevent problems from happening that can cost you as a homeowner, helping to keep your wallet at ease.
It can also prevent any hold up from occurring when selling your home. If your electrical components and wiring are checked routinely, there will be no need for the buyer to undertake a check which can cause undue delays.

Reduce costs

Always make sure that wherever you’re moving too has had an electrical inspection to check the property’s wiring. If you move in and you find some issue with the home’s wiring or conclude that it’s faulty, you’re going to have to pay a huge amount of money to have it fixed. So it is worth even paying for the inspection yourself to ensure that the wiring to the property you’re moving to is all okay and up to date.

Save energy

Faulty home wiring and circuits can cost a lot with your energy supplier, meaning a bigger electricity bill. An inspection can recognise wiring and circuits that have been connected incorrectly to help decrease energy consumption.

Safety

An inspection can easily determine any complication with electrical wires, circuits, connections, or oversize breakers and fuses that could produce many risks such as fire hazards or electrocution.
An Electrician can spot outdated wiring that could pose as a risk for another fire-starter in the home.

If you want to know more about our testing and inspection services, or for more information about any of the other electrical services that we offer at EJS Electrical, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a friendly member of our team who will be more than happy to assist you. You can contact us on 01793 238806 or send us an email at info@ejselectrical.co.uk.

Energy-Saving Tips

How To Reduce Your Electricity Bill This Summer

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The sun is high and you want to enjoy your time under it, but that doesn’t mean your electricity bill has to be, too. But don’t worry, when it comes to reducing your expenditures there are a number of ways to lower your electric bill. So if you’re looking to save some electricity this summer, the following picks just might be what you’re searching for.

• Turn off your air conditioner

Turning off and adjusting the temperature of your air conditioner while you’re sleeping or if you’re leaving your house can result in huge electricity savings.

• Energy efficient light bulbs

You can use compact fluorescent and light-emitting diode bulbs because they are more efficient and use less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. You can purchase these kinds of bulbs at your local hardware store.

• Blinds and drapes

Window coverings can prevent your house from heating up during summer and can also save energy. When a blind is fully pulled down over a window with a lot of sun exposure, during summer days, they can lower heat gain by up to 45%. Drapes on your windows prevent heat gain as well and reduce this by 33%.

• Place the fridge right

Your fridge accounts for 15% of a household’s total power consumption. To lower your electricity bill, make your fridge more power efficient by allowing the air to circulate around it. Your refrigerator should be at least 2 inches away from the wall of your house, don’t put to much stuff in your fridge, because there won’t be enough space for air to circulate inside and lastly, don’t expose it to direct sunlight, because it will need more power to function.

• Use fans

Fans get air circulating around your room that means you may be able to detain turning on the air conditioning in your house, especially if you can also leave your windows open on cool summer evenings.

• Natural ventilation

During summer we experience heat during daylight, but when the night comes so does a cool summer breeze, which you should take advantage of. Eliminate your electricity usage by opening your windows when you’re sleeping at night so the cool air outside can blow through and help to cool the house down without the need of fans or air conditioning units.

If you want to know more about how to reduce your electricity bill you may want to give EJS Electrical a call. We can provide a wide range of electrical installations and services for you. Call us on 01793 238806 or email us at info@ejselectrical.co.uk just tell us what you need!

Common Electrical System Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

Common Electrical System Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

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It is crucial to have proper electrical connections in your home, office or places of business since failures or faults in the system pose a serious risk in terms of fire damage, electrocution and short circuits. Whether you are working in the electrical industry or tackling your own project, there are some common mistakes that need to be avoided. The consequences of improper wiring and other mistakes are possibly catastrophic, not just inconvenient.

Here are the top issues to watch for, and solutions for fixing them:

Wiring outside of electrical boxes

The main use of electrical boxes includes protecting wire connections against any accidental damage and also preventing electrical fire hazards by containing sparks and heat from loose connections and short circuits. Connecting these wires through an electrical junction box is essential for safeguarding them as well as property and people.

Using a “Too-Small” electrical box

If you are not using the right-sizes junction box, the wires inside it will be stuffed all together and also the box will be over-filled. When wiring is tightly crammed into a small box or space, the risk of short circuits is greater. This might be a potential fire hazard, which is why you should follow the minimum box sizes that are specified by the National Electrical Code.
Wires cut too short

If you cut the wiring too short, making some proper connections becomes more difficult and this poses a tremendous risk. Poor connections can cause overheating, short circuits and other electrical faults. It is safer to leave wires protruding about 3 inches or so from the box, which lets you easily move the wires around while making connections.

Unsecured cables and wires

When you are installing wires and cables secure them with a clamp to prevent strained connections and damage. Clamp selection depends on the type of electrical box you are using. Built-in cable clamps are not required for single plastic boxes, but cables should be stapled within 8 inches of the box. Internal clamps are needed for larger plastic boxes, and you’re required to staple cables within 12 inches of it. Use approved cable clamps for metal junction boxes, since wiring can be damaged by the sharp edges of the box.

Unsupported switches and outlets

Unsupported switches and outlets or loosely connected wires are a potential safety hazard, in addition to looking sloppy. They can move around or get pulled during use, damaging the connection between wires and terminals in them. As a result, the danger of arcing and overheating is higher, which can lead to fires and short circuits.

Are you looking for great prices on electrical supplies? EJS Electrical provides a wide range of electrical installations and services and has a huge selection for you. Contact us now through 01793 238806 or send us an email at info@ejselectrical.co.uk just tell us what you need!

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

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Smoke alarms are a life-saving device that is often neglected. Many homes have at least one smoke alarm but they forget to replace the batteries yearly and test it periodically. This device can only save lives if it’s properly maintained and in good working condition.

This article will emphasise how important it is to have at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home.

Buy smoke alarms

Experts report that the consumers may cut their risk of dying in a home fire in half by having a smoke alarm installed. These smoke alarms are available at nearly all departments stores, hardware and discount stores for under £10. The peace of mind you will have from knowing that you and your family is safe and secure is worth the investment.

Safety in numbers

It’s important to install at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your residence and outside all the sleeping areas. Other fire safety advocates recommend installing smoke alarms inside each sleeping area if they are sleeping with the door closed.

Keep your alarms working properly

Maintain and test your smoke alarms at least once a month or just follow the manufacturer’s instructions. These alarms most often fail because of dead, missing or disconnected batteries. It’s important to change the batteries once a year and test it by simply pushing a button and listen to hear the beep.

Practice a fire escape plan

In addition to installing smoke alarms in your home, it’s also crucial to develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with all the members of your family or household. Every family member should know at least two ways to escape each room in case there’s a fire. Stay as close to the floor as possible since smoke and hot air rises rapidly making the floor the safest place to breathe. When you encounter a closed door during your escape, feel the door before opening it. If it is too hot to touch, use another emergency exit. It’s also very important to teach your children on how to get out in case of fire, not just hide under a bed or inside a closet.

EJS Electrical provides a wide range of electrical installations and services to a variety of domestic customers. All work is guaranteed to be of the highest quality. Contact us today through 01793 238806 or info@ejselectrical.co.uk

Home's Electrical System Maintenance

Maintain Your Home’s Electrical System With These Tips

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It is easy to take your electrical system for granted, after all, flipping on a switch and plugging in an appliance only take seconds to do and you’re automatically provided with utilities. Wirings and potential problems are hidden within your walls and appliances, and a simple faulty wiring may incite a dangerous catalyst. This is especially true for older homes that don’t have an electrical inspection for more than a couple of decades. To prevent electrocution and fire hazards, we have compiled some tips to ensure you and your family’s safety.

Check if your lights are dimming.

If your light suddenly dims especially when you’re using a large appliance such as a dryer, it may be a sign that your wiring is inadequate. Flickering lights is also an indication of internal electrical wiring damage.

Prevent overloading.

One circuit can only take so many appliances and overloading can lead to power outages and wiring problems. Knowing which appliances take too much energy can help you prevent plugging multiple outlets in one circuit.

Examine the state of your outlets.

If your outlet makes the appliance go on and off, it is more likely worn out and is faulty because of multiple uses. But if several outlets produce the same result, there may be some connection problems with your electrical system.

Always use tested and certified electrical wiring.

It may be compelling to purchase a more affordable electrical wiring, but it is not worth staking your own and your family’s safety. Always choose certified electrical wiring as you can be assured that it underwent extensive testing.

Routine testing by a qualified electrician is vital to maintain your electrical system’s condition and to assure that your property is not in violation of any laws. You can also be informed of the possible electrical hazards that you don’t know are present in your home.

At EJS Electrical, we provide a wide range of electrical installations and services to a variety of domestic customers. The range of our electrical installation services is comprehensive and will cover straightforward tasks such as replacement or installation of switches and sockets, emergency call outs, general fault finding and repair, and bigger projects such as electric underfloor heating and inspection, testing and certification. If you have any queries about the services we offer, please call us on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145 or email us at info@ejselectrical.co.uk and a member of our friendly team will be in contact promptly.

Hire an Electrician

Reasons Why You Need to Hire an Electrician for Your Home

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DIY home repairs can be tempting especially if you think about the money that you’ll be able to save. However, some projects such as electrical repairs require professional assistance as doing it yourself can be very dangerous. In this article we enumerate some of the benefits you get from hiring a professional electrician:

1. Safety first.

Working with electricity is dangerous if not done correctly with the right expertise and caution. A professional electrician has the training, skills and expertise to do the job as safely as possible. Remember, in any home repair project safety should always be the top priority.

2. Safety in the long-term.

Electrical problems are not necessarily minor, they can bring major problems. So, if an electrical job has been done incorrectly or haphazardly, it can become a safety hazard in your home causing a fire or an electric shock. Hire a professional electrician to avoid these problems.

3. The work is done correctly.

By hiring a professional electrician, you get the job done correctly the first time. If you don’t, you might waste more time and money trying to fix the problem.

4. Education and knowledge.

Professional electricians have the experience and training that makes them the necessary choice for all electrical needs. Before hiring, make sure that you check their background.

5. Avoid taking risks.

You may think that electrical wiring is simple, but it is connected to a complicated network. Professional electricians are a must for all household electrical problems.

If you are planning to hire an electrician to do the job, EJS Electrical can help. EJS Electrical is a professional and highly regarded Swindon based Electrical Contractor, specialising in all aspects of electrical work. We offer a comprehensive range of services for both domestic and commercial clients that includes both Letting Agents and Swindon Borough Council. Please don’t hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to offer help and advice in relation to any work you are considering.