Smoke Alarm Installation

Smoke Alarms – The Life-Saving Detector

You’re asleep; your children are peacefully asleep also. Unbeknown to you, there’s a blown fuse in your house, it begins to spark, and smoke emanates. You’re awoken by a horrible, incessant noise: Beep…Beep…Beep… You rush out of your burning home, family in tow. You’re safe, you’re all safe, and in your moment of reflection, you realise the severity of what could have been without your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm legal requirements

How many smoke alarms do you have in your home? Whatever the number, you need to be sure that you have a smoke alarm installed in all sleeping areas and exists, as well as passageways, or that are part of a path of travel to an exit. One thing is for sure that you can be confident that this simple piece of fire protection equipment is likely to save your life, in the event of a fire.

“Such a simple and inexpensive device that continues to saves lives.”

As it stands today, having a working smoke alarm is a legal requirement for all homes throughout Melbourne and in fact Australia. Why wouldn’t you have this inexpensive device installed throughout your home, protecting you and your family in the event of a fire? How devastating would it be to not only lose your prized possessions, but your family home too? Not to mention the danger that a house fire could personally cause to you and your family.

Residential fires in Melbourne

A significant number of fire deaths and fire related injuries in Melbourne occur in residential buildings, far more than in any other building type. Why? Because the type of materials found in homes, combined with the likely ignition source are common factors. Furthermore, fire deaths are most likely to occur when you, the residents are asleep, which is the most vulnerable time.

“All residential buildings should be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms.”

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA) asserts that all residential buildings require photoelectric smoke alarm installations throughout, in order to treat the highest fire safety risk in residential buildings. When visible smoke enters a photoelectric smoke alarm, it scatters and disturbs the light source, causing the alarm to sound.

10 Tips for keeping your home fire safe:

  1. Don’t smoke in bed
  2. Never leave cooking food unattended
  3. Always check electric blankets for damage, e.g. frayed cords and turn them off when you go to bed
  4. Keep clothes, curtains and linen away from heaters and burning candles
  5. When using a clothes dryer, make sure you clean the lint out of the filter after each use
  6. Assign one appliance to each power point, to minimise the risk of overloading the circuit
  7. Turn off all appliances when you’re not using them
  8. Always extinguish candles and any other open flames before going to bed
  9. Store matches and lighters in a secure place, away from children
  10. Test your smoke alarms every three months. Do this by pressing and holding down the button, until it beeps.

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5 Facts you need to know about your smoke alarms:

How often do I need to change my smoke alarm battery?

As a general rule, you should change your smoke alarm battery every 12 months. If you have a smoke alarm powered by your mains with a rechargeable battery, then there is no need to change the battery. Furthermore, if you have a 9 volt smoke alarm battery then you will have a 10 year warranty with this unit.

What does the green light represent on my smoke alarm?

The green light on your smoke alarm battery is to notify you that the unit is working correctly, and that the external power (240 volt AC or 12 volt DC) is on.

Why is my smoke alarm beeping for no reason?

If your smoke alarm is ‘beeping’ or ‘chirping’ at regular intervals when there is no fire, then you need to take steps to fix this. Firstly does your smoke alarm require a new battery? Or, is there dust or cobwebs in the unit, triggering the beep? Another reason could be that your smoke alarm is detecting a distinct change in the air temperature, e.g. hot air from your kitchen when you’re cooking food at a high heat may have triggered it, or if somebody has opened the bathroom door after taking a hot shower and steam has immersed. Furthermore, if your smoke alarm is still continually beeping, it could be that it has reached the end of its life cycle. Remove the smoke alarm and check the manufacture date on the back of the unit. If it’s more than eight years old, replace the actual smoke alarm immediately.

Smoke alarms typically last between eight and ten years.”

Why is the test button flashing red on my smoke alarm?

Your smoke alarm performs a self-check at intervals of approximately every 40 to 60 seconds. The test button will flash red to tell you that it’s working correctly. Please note: Not all smoke alarms have this function.

How often should I test my smoke alarms?

You should check your smoke alarms every three months, for any signs of dust and cobwebs, etc. and test your smoke alarm’s battery also. You do this by pressing and holding down the button, until it beeps.

Prolux Electrical Contractors provide, check and install smoke alarms and smoke alarm batteries to residential homes and office buildings throughout Melbourne.

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880.
The Melbourne electrician for all of your electrical maintenance and smoke alarm requirements, ensuring you with a safe home and working environment.

3/52 Corporate Boulevard, Bayswater VIC 3153

Underfloor heating systems can save you money and energy.

The World’s Safest and Smartest Underfloor Heating System

Why not consider floor heating for your family home or place of business this winter and take away the chill?
Livella underfloor heating systems are smart, featuring world first technology that saves you money and enormous amounts of energy for our environment.

Prolux Electrical Contractors are the electrician’s in Melbourne who provide installation for Livella Floor Heating in Melbourne. Prolux provide residential homes, commercial businesses and industrial warehouses with both energy efficient and cost effective heating solutions: in-slab and on-slab radiant floor heating.

What is in-slab underfloor heating installation?
In-slab heating is the process of laying floor heating cables within a concrete slab and therefore needs to be done when construction is happening.

What is on-slab underfloor heating installation?
On-slab or above floor heating is the process of clipping heating cables to set concrete and then screeding over (thin layer of cement and sand mixture placed on top) the floor heating cables and either tiling, laying floor boards or carpet over it. This can be done after construction, at a later stage.

What are the benefits of using electric underfloor heating?

  1. Clean and Safe Heat
    Livella floor heating systems produce clean, safe heat. Electric floor heating is both a healthy and more responsive alternative than the other traditional heating appliances, making it perfect for use throughout your office or home, as a family friendly option. Unlike heaters that are mounted on the wall, gas or fire log heaters or lamp heaters that just produce very hot heat in only one area, floor heating systems deliver gentle low temperatures evenly throughout, for a superior, all clean and safe heat effect.
  2. Suitable for Wet Areas
    Underfloor heating is waterproof, making it perfectly safe for use in all wet areas: bathrooms, showers, wet rooms and other public amenities. If there is damage to the floor heating system, e.g. accidentally drilling a doorstop through the floor, then your RCD or safety switch will instantaneously disconnect power from the heating cable.
  3. Asthmatic and Allergy Friendly Heat
    Livella floor heating is the most allergy and asthma friendly form of heating available. Because floor heating systems bypass air, they do not circulate dust, smoke, pollen particles or other allergens, which can prove problematic for asthmatic and allergy sufferers. Livella’s warm floors allows them to deliver continuous comfort and the reliance of convective currents to warm people and surfaces evenly, all whilst greatly enhancing air quality.
  4. Totally Invisible and Unobtrusive Heating
    Underfloor heating is both invisible and unobstructive. Livella floor heating cables can be installed underneath any floor covering, making it an amazing space saver plus keeping it safely out of reach from prying fingers. With floor heating you won’t be looking at unsightly wall heaters or heater vents in and around your home. And, there are no cords to trip over. You wouldn’t even know it is there, apart for the warm radiance you’ll feel beneath your feet.
  5. Natural Warmth
    Livella’s underfloor heating systems are installed only millimetres under floor tiles, timber and carpets and literally take minutes to start warming up your cold rooms, producing natural warmth.

How much does floor heating cost to run?

Floor heating, whether it’s in-slab or on-slab heating is efficient to run and is very cost effective. Running costs equate to one and a half cents per square metre, per hour, which is 0.36 cents per day. Floor heating is also great for drying clothes, as it’s much more cost effective to run than a clothes dryer.

Asthma, Hay Fever & Allergy relief!
Families who suffer from allergies, hay fever or asthma will appreciate the difference that clean, safe heat will provide them with. Finally being able to relax in your warm environment without drying out the air – which is a common cause of eye and nose irritations – or unnecessarily disturbing airborne irritants, is a key benefit to installing floor heating in carpeted rooms. By drying surfaces in a designated room you’ll limit the ability of mould spores and dust mites surviving, which in-turn will create a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.

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It’s obvious why many people are choosing Prolux Electrical Contractors Melbourne to have Livella radiant floor heating installation in their homes and places of business, as the benefits speak for themselves. Call us today so we can create an environment that provides you with SAFE, CLEAN heat.

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880
The Melbourne electrician for all of your floor heating electrical requirements.

3/52 Corporate Boulevard, Bayswater VIC 3153

6 Star Energy Efficiency Electrical Maintenance

Energy Management Solutions Melbourne

Prolux Electrical Contractors are committed to bringing innovation to energy management and delivering positive environmental outcomes for tenants, business owners and Property Managers.

We are proud of our energy efficient initiative, ProGreen, which promotes and implements sustainable energy solutions for Australian businesses.

In office tenancies, good energy management means using energy efficiently and avoiding energy waste. The skill is in minimising energy use but still providing the working environment you need to support your business’s operations.

Many businesses, that haven’t as yet made any technical changes to improve their energy efficiency can typically reduce their energy use and associated costs by around 20%, simply by modifying business practices behaviour. This is not only significant for your organisation’s bottom line, but is a significant saving in greenhouse gas emissions, which is of major benefit to the environment.

Understanding the energy use of your business
The amount of electricity your business consumes on a daily basis will vary, depending on the number of people you have employed (both in your office or factory and other locations), your equipment and it’s requirements (the amount of computers, printers, machines, etc), the working hours (the amount of time equipment and other resources are running) and the overall design of your office space (taking things into consideration like natural lighting and use of lifts, air conditioning, toilets, etc), as well as any measures you have taken to improve your energy efficiency.

Typical energy use in an office
While all office environments use energy differently, a typical office energy use can cost up to $35 per square metre annually, this results in up to 500kg of greenhouse gas emissions per square metre every year. Factors like air conditioning can add even more to the equation.

“It is important to understand how your business uses energy, what you pay for directly out of your own pocket and what you pay for indirectly, in the form of base building maintenance services.”

Typical business tenancies use energy as follows:

  • Lighting 30–65%
  • Computers 20–45%
  • Office equipment: such as printers, copiers, small power, etc 5–20%
  • Kitchen equipment 5–10%
(Source: OEH research.)

Three steps to determine how your business consumes energy:

  1. Analyse your energy bills – Look into the best possible price for your business in terms of your consumption patterns and location. Shop around and get the best price, negotiate an electricity supply agreement with an energy retailer.
  2. Analyse your pattern of consumption – You need to do your research or have specialists in electrical building maintenance record data to determine how much energy your building is consuming and in which areas you’re consuming what amounts, in order to implement an efficiency energy strategy. Most corporate office buildings will also be equipped with a Building Management System (BMS). A BMS will have data recorded that you can use to analyse your patterns of consumption. Calculate the average power use per square metre (in W/m²). Use the formula below to calculate:
    Power use (W/m2 ) = (kWh x 1000)/(time interval in hours x floor area)
  3. Calculate your energy rating – To work out your energy rating, you will need:
  • the area of your office premises (in m²)
  • hours of occupancy (in hours per week)
  • postcode
  • number of computers in your office
  • energy use for the tenancy over the past 12 months

To calculate your energy rating, enter this data into the National Australian Built Rating System (NABERS) online calculator, which will estimate a star rating on a scale from 0 to 6. A rating of 6 stars indicates that your premises have market-leading energy efficiency and 0 stars suggest that your building premises are very inefficient in using energy.

Setting up a system to collect, analyse and report on your business’ energy consumption and costs can help you to:

  • maintain savings from existing energy efficiency investments and initiatives
  • identify areas of energy wastage and any new opportunities to save money
  • develop a solid database to enable cost control and external comparison
  • understand trends of energy consumption in your office
  • monitor the greenhouse impact
  • communicate progress

Want a 6 Star Energy Rating for your building?
Installing energy efficient lighting and equipment as part of the base building will achieve cost savings for you. Lighting and equipment include:

  • energy efficient light fittings: T5 or LED lights – lights considered efficient consume less than 8 W/m2
  • configured wiring, so that light switching can be zoned – in this way areas of 60–100 m2 can be switched separately and only small areas will be switched on when they’re needed
  • movement sensors for lighting areas when they are not in use: boardrooms or for office areas after hours
  • photo electric (PE or light-level sensitive) cells to turn off perimeter lights, when there is sufficient daylight
  • sub-metering – tenant lighting and power can be tracked
  • blinds and/or shades on windows – control solar heat gain

 

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Designing for energy efficiency
Achieving energy efficiency is easiest when you have control in designing the building premises. This is the perfect time to incorporate energy saving technologies, within the design. It is imperative that your premises are designed to be energy efficient from the outset. Once the design has started it becomes increasingly difficult to change and this can also be expensive. With the right brief and knowledge, it is relatively straightforward to design your energy efficient office fit-out, building premise, factory or industrial space.

Lighting for energy efficiency
Lighting can account for more than 60% of tenants’ energy costs in offices, and is one of the biggest consumers of energy directly controlled by tenants. Increases in lighting efficiency will have a significant effect on your energy use. Light fittings available today are far more energy-efficient and have longer lives than in the past, making them cheaper to run and reducing replacement costs. They can provide a range of light qualities for different uses.

Factors to incorporate into your energy efficient lighting plan should include:

  • high-efficiency lamps
  • high-efficiency light fittings
  • low-loss ballasts (preferably electronic)
  • innovative ways to maximise natural light
  • movement detectors
  • light sensors
  • timers

How efficient is your current lighting system?
Office buildings may have inefficient lighting systems; they may be over lit or have outdated equipment. There will be multiple ways in which lighting can be improved to achieve better quality of light to suit the work in your building or factory, energy efficiency, lower heat loads and reduced electrical maintenance.

“Australian Standards suggest that the lighting levels in a typical office should be not less than 320 lux. An efficient lighting system can achieve this by using 7 W/m² or less.”

How much light do you need?
Different tasks need different amounts of light – known as ‘illuminance.’ (Illuminance is measured as the amount of light striking a surface.) Luminance, on the other hand, is what we measure off the surface that has light hitting it. (Luminance is the measurement of the product of the incident light and the surface – anything that is reflected). Illuminance levels for different areas are prescribed in Australian Standards, which set out recommendations for illuminance in lux, lamp colour appearance and rendering, and maximum glare. Find out your building’s lighting requirements and the wattage per square metre prerequisites.

Office equipment and appliances
Do computers, monitors, printers, photocopiers, AV components, etc have a ‘sleep’ mode facility and are they enabled?

Is factory equipment running efficiently? Is 3 phase power being used on industrial machinery and large air conditioning systems and communication and server rooms (data centres)?

Are kitchen appliances highly efficient, with an energy rating of 4 stars or higher?

Can you assign a 24-hour, 7 day timer on the hot water system?

Office planning
Does the planning and design of the office facilitate flexibility in the office layout, and minimise the demand on building services?

Auditing the energy use of your business
An energy audit will evaluate your current energy use and show how you can make and prioritise improvements. An energy audit can be as easy as just walking through the premises and identifying obvious areas of excessive usage or wastage, or it may involve a comprehensive analysis, including sub-metering and data cataloguing to provide a detailed cost-benefit analysis for investigating energy-saving actions. Prolux Electrical Contractors have extensive knowledge in providing clients with energy efficient solutions, saving usage wastage and money: Power Factor Correction, Voltage Optimisation and lighting controls (including LED lights).

Getting the right equipment
Buying energy efficient equipment, have it set-up specifically for your needs and training employees on how to use it effectively will save you money. It will provide you with significant electricity savings and also savings in your air conditioning costs, due to reducing the amount of heat your equipment generates.

“Any equipment that draws electrical power should be chosen based on its efficiency, or managed efficiently to minimise its power use.”

Data centres, communication and server rooms maxing out?
In buildings with large or highly intensive data centres, the IT equipment may in fact take over from lighting as the number one, highest consumer of energy. Data centres and server rooms can typically use between 20 to 100 times the amount of energy per square metre, as a typical general office area. Three phase power can help to improve the energy efficiency of these large data centres and also deliver substantially more power all at the same time.

If you’re looking to achieve a 6 star energy rating for your office building, industrial or commercial building, then don’t hesitate to call Prolux Electrical Contractors today, for a no obligation analysis of the buildings you manage.

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880
The Melbourne electrician for all of your electrical maintenance requirements.

3/52 Corporate Boulevard, Bayswater VIC 3153