When renovating a house, there are various elements that must be considered before proceeding with the project. Some systems that are mostly affected by renovation works are the electrical, plumbing, and the HVAC system. The electrical system can be problematic for some contractors since it may get in the way of the renovation project.
Ensuring the safety of the contractors must be the number one priority in every renovation project. So, getting the electrical system checked is very important. You will never know, your home might have already been infested with electrical problems that can affect your home. To make your home renovation project successful, here are some ways that will ensure the safety of your electrical system.
Add More Outlets
Your requirements for electrical power when your family first moved in maybe enough before. However, families tend to grow, and so does your electrical power. When you renovate your home, you may want to consider checking the electrical power needed for your current household. If you really need to add more outlets, then request for their installation from your contractors. After all, adding outlets will always be safer than relying on multiple power strips and extension cords. Moreover, you don’t need to unplug some of your appliances just to give way for other electrical devices.
Replace Old Outlets
Since you are now adding new outlets, you can also take this opportunity to assess the condition of your existing outlets. Some outlets cannot hold onto the end of the plug of your appliances whenever you use them. You may even be surprised whenever the plug will be laying on the floor after just a few minutes of plugging in your appliance. When this happens, it only means that the clip of your outlet cannot hold the plug much any longer due to a long time of use. Without replacing these worn-out outlets immediately, they can inevitably cause fire accidents due to the release of arcs and sparks.
Install Safety Devices
Safety devices such as fuses, circuit breakers, and ground fault circuit interrupters are designed to immediately turn off the electrical supply whenever your plugged-in item comes in contact with water or other sources of moisture. Older homes usually don’t have these safety devices, so install them alongside your home renovation project. Most of the time, you can install these devices in bathrooms and kitchens.
Upgrade Electric System
In relation to your additional outlets, you must also upgrade your electric system by increasing your power capacity. Outdated panels cannot supply the needed power of modern appliances and devices. Moreover, the increasing number of your outlets would also require an additional power source for them to be functional. New electric panels also have the technology to help your power consumption regulated safely.
Another upgrade that you must do for your project’s electrical safety will revolve around electrical wiring. Appliances and devices now require power that is stable and does not fluctuate. If you have faulty electrical wirings, the power provided will be unstable, which can damage your appliances and devices in the long run. You can replace some fault electrical wirings that are hidden behind the walls alongside the renovation of your home.
Home renovation projects must be conducted with safety in mind. Assessing and performing electrical safety measures enable your contractors to work effectively during the whole home renovation activity. If you need a contractor who will perform electrical safety activities, then give us a call now at Light-On Electrical.
Commercial buildings require a system that can manage and regulate their overall temperature and ventilation. This system, which is known as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, can do the temperature regulation on the said buildings. Aside from temperature, the HVAC system can also remove contaminants in the air, which helps prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
To date, HVAC systems are grouped and classified into three major types.
Single Split System
One of the most popular types of HVAC systems is the single split system since it is affordable and suitable for most small commercial buildings. This type of system can effectively control the temperature of small offices, server rooms, shops, restaurants, and other small commercial spaces.
The single split system has an air conditioner for you to cool the refrigerant. It also has furnaces and an evaporator coil that can convert the refrigerant and circulate the air through the ducts. A thermostat or control panel is present for the control of the whole system. One benefit of using this type of HVAC is that functional units will still work even if there is one damaged unit. One drawback, however, is that each indoor unit requires an outdoor unit, which can take up a lot of space.
Alternatively, a multi-split system allows you to connect up to nine indoor units with one outdoor unit. This specific ratio can save you a lot of space when compared to the single split system. For the system to operate at variable speeds, inverter technology is used specifically for this type of system.
Through the inclusion of special sensors, the use of a multi-split system can help you detect changes in temperature. As the changes are detected, the system will then make necessary temperature adjustments that will match the optimal one. The heat pumps of the system also work with the natural inclination of heat to move around your vicinity. Both of these components help you save more money and energy compared to furnaces and air conditioners. One disadvantage of this system, though, is that it will cost you more money to install the whole system since it requires more pipework.
The variable refrigerant flow system (VRF)/variable refrigerant volume (VRV) system is most suitable for buildings that are spacious and huge. Commercial buildings such as retail or large office space, hotels, and others can maximise the use of this system. This system can be grouped into two: heat pump and heat recovery.
A heat pump system can give your building heating or cooling functionality, which can be a great system for open plan areas. A heat recovery system, on the other hand, can provide heating and cooling altogether, which is recommended for buildings with numerous smaller rooms.
VRF/VRV systems are reliable, efficient, and easy to control. They are also flexible and won’t affect your daily business operations while installing them. Contrarily, the purchase and installation costs of these systems are deemed higher than other systems. Knowing different types of commercial HVAC systems can help you decide the right system for your business. If you want help in choosing and installing them, you can always give us a call at Light-On Electrical. We can work with all types of electrical, air-conditioning, and refrigeration needs for commercial, industrial, and even residential properties.