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How Energy Efficient is My Home?

Energy efficiency in the home is something that is promoted by leading electrical contractors across the country. Everyone wants to do their bit for the environment and save on costs at the same time, and with the right systems, products and approach, you can do exactly that. There are a number of systems in the home that can cause a drain on the national grid as well as your pocket, but there are ways to save too.

  • Heating – home heating can carry most of your electricity bill’s costs. You can save in the following ways:
    • Geyser timer – By investing in a geyser timer you can limit the amount of hours that your geyser is on each day, and you will certainly see a difference in your overall electricity consumption.
    • Load shedding devices for stove, geyser and other high consumption appliances – Implementing your own home load shedding where appliances such as geysers, stoves and underfloor heating can be turned off during peak periods is a great way to save on your heating costs as well as saving cash.
  • Lighting – every home needs sufficient lighting at night and you can save on the costs of electricity if you remember to switch off lights in unused rooms, and also if you consider various lighting alternatives and options such as:
    • Dimmers – these use less power to create soft lighting. Perfect for the bedroom or lounge.
    • Occupancy sensors – these detect presence through motion or sound. If someone enters or is occupying a certain area the light will come on, or when the space is vacant then the lights will switch off automatically.
    • Daylight sensors – these are able to sense when it is daylight and no lighting is required. During the day it will switch off and only come back on when it is required – during the night.
    • LED’s – this type of light uses minimal power and can be operated by battery. LED lights also last for a great deal longer than the average light bulb.
  • External – various items are required to be run outside of the home too. If you want to save on costs, consider the following:
    • Irrigation timer – by installing an irrigation system that can be fitted with a timer you can save on the costs to run the system as well as your overall water consumption.
    • Pool pump timer – a pool pump can be a major contributor to your electricity bill, especially if it is left to run all day. By fitting a timer to the pump you can ensure that the system runs efficiently and without costing too much.

It is important to take on the services of professional electrical contractors when looking to make changes or convert certain areas in the home. Chat to us at Amlec for more useful information and advice.

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Evaluate your Alarm System

Many people do not realise the importance of evaluating their alarm system. What if you need to process an insurance claim and it is rejected? This is one of the major reasons why you need to assess and evaluate your system on a regular basis. While it is always advisable to acquire the services of alarm system installers to assist with such evaluations, there are a few checks that you can manage yourself.

The most important part of your alarm system is your panic buttons! Test each one and ensure your remote panics are working from the furthest point of your premises. This action will also test the communication to the control room.

Making sure that your system is flawless is important. The first thing to check is that you have working infra red sensors to pick up on human movement in all high risk areas. You should have magnetic contact switches installed at every door. All of the equipment that is installed should also be wired with anti-tamper circuits which protect against potential tampering 24 hours a day. All wiring involved should be concealed in a conduit.

To ensure that your transformer, radio, panel and keypad are protected too, you should have them covered by an infra red detector. Make sure that your alarm equipment and system is not in plain sight from the outside and ensure that all the attached items are properly mounted and secured by screws and wall plugs to always ensure the integrity of the system is not compromised.

It is important to check if that the mains transformer should be no less than 40VA. This must be surge protected too. If you are making use of the services of professional alarm system installers, get them to check that the system is not overloaded with too many devices on each zone and that the system has End of Line (EoL) resistors installed.

Don’t be a statistic, cover your basis now with your insurance company. For assistance with evaluating your alarm installation, turn to the professional alarm system installers in the industry – turn to Amlec.

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Electrical Safety

Electrical safety is not to be taken lightly; neglect could lead to both electrocution and fire. Because of the inherent risks of electricity, it’s always recommended to use

to carry out any electrical work on your property, whether commercial, domestic or industrial.

Electrical risks can remain unseen until it’s too late to avoid disaster. Amlec has the following tips to help you find hazards that may be lurking around your home:

  • Check electrical outlets for loose-fitting plugs.
  • Check the cords of the appliances in your home, as well as the plugs and connectors. Make sure that they are not frayed, cracked or damaged, placed under rugs or carpets, resting on furniture, or located in high traffic areas. Do not nail or staple cords to walls, floors or any other objects.
  • Extension cords should be used on a temporary basis only. They are not a permanent wiring solution. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.
  • Check your electrical panel to make sure that the breakers and fuses are properly rated for the circuit that they are protecting. If you do not know what the correct rating is, hav identify and label the correct size to be used.
  • Check light bulbs and appliances to make sure the wattage matches fixture requirements. Make sure not to replace bulbs with those that have higher wattage than recommended. Additionally, the bulb should be screwed in securely to prevent overheating.
  • Inspect all outdoor connections, appliances and tools for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings.

If you have any uncertainties about electrical safety in and around your home, do not hesitate to contact Amlec. Please leave a message below and we will get back to you.

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Home Security

It is estimated that in 2015 alone, just over a quarter of a million homes in South Africa were burgled. Since these were only cases that were reported, that figure could most likely be considerably higher. The statistics are startling, but they highlight the fact that burglary is a crime you need to be aware of. We’ve compiled some information to drive this awareness and help you protect your home and family.

Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems. The presence of a security system influences their decision to target a home.

Safety Tip: Get a monitored home security system to help reduce the chance of being burgled. Use signs and window stickers to alert potential intruders. Make sure the signs and stickers are visible from every approach to your home.

Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes. Burglars look for homes that are easy targets. That’s why it doesn’t take long for most intruders to break into a house, get what they want, and leave before being noticed.

Safety Tip: Strengthen your home’s defense by getting a home security system, keeping all entrances closed and locked, and installing a high-quality front door.

Burglars usually go to the master bedroom first. Unfortunately, most people don’t hide their valuable items carefully, and burglars know it. Once they break in, burglars head straight for the master bedroom, where they look through drawers and nightstands, look under mattresses, and search cupboards. Cash, jewellery, and weapons are some of the things a burglar wants most from your home.

Safety Tip: Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor, or hide them in unlikely places.

A surprising number of burglars enter through the front door. Whether they walk through an open front door or crow bar their way in through a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.

Safety Tip: Keep your front door closed and locked at all times. To enhance your home against a burglar, use a quality lock set with a heavy-duty deadbolt, mount a security camera or motion sensor light above the door. Never give your house key to workers or hide a key outside your home.

Concerned about the security of your home? Why not contact us; by leaving a message below, we’ll be happy to assist.

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Amlec Plumbing Services

Ever since our inception, we’ve been committed to providing our clients with exceptional, affordable and reliable service. It was with our clients in mind and our constant endeavor towards innovation that drove this new venture. We are happy to announce that Amlec will now also be offering plumbing services to our portfolio.

Here are a few good reasons why you should using Amlec next time you need a plumber:

Peace of Mind

Getting the job done the right way means getting the right person for the job in the first place. With a professional Amlec plumber, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the tradesperson working on your home is skilled and experienced.

Guaranteed Workmanship

Amlec plumbers know their trade well and will always supply you with a complete guarantee.

Quality Results

Employing Amlec’s qualified and accredited plumbers’ means that you will get the very best result for your money.

By using a qualified and trained plumber you can be assured that you will receive the highest standards of workmanship. Without risking potential damage to your house or your health.

If you are in of need plumbing services the team from Amlec are fully qualified and always ready to deliver exceptional results. Leave us a message or call us today.