Archive for November, 2012

Is Electrical Under Floor Heating Good Economy?by admin • November 16th, 2012

Under Floor heating (also known as UFH) is about the best heat distribution terminal arrangement in your home space. The energy sources electricity, warm boiler water or solar energy may be used in the system as media for generating heat under floor for this purpose. Naturally therefore, the three types adopt three different technologies.

Further, of the three, electricity is generated most of the time with non renewable resources such as fossil fuel. The boiler hot water is too generated mostly using natural gas, LP gas, or oil due to convenience and availability. Only solar energy is truly a renewable source of energy.

However, analysis by the industry show electricity is undoubtedly the cleanest and most efficient (a near 100%) at the point of usage.

Efficiency of Electrical UFH

It is surprising to note the observations of independent experts that since the year 2003 the price of gas has risen by 92%. In contrast the cost of electricity has risen only by 54%.The reversal of this trend in the near future is unlikely due to the electricity generation from renewable fuels and the so far untapped technologies that are currently being pursued.

Typically a bath room which is generally heated for most of the time of the day (say for example 10 hours) will consume only about 2 units (kW-hr). And annually the power needed will still be less than 1kW. As things stand today, the annualized cost for gas is 1.5 more than for electricity according to the industry.

Can Electrical UFH efficiency be further Improved?

• Use of proprietary insulation boards have shown to reduce the operating cost by as much as 50% in an electrical UFH system. The saving is said to have been achieved by reducing the heat up time by about 60%.The savings would enable you to payback your investment in about 2 ½ years which is really good.

• A special advantage available with electrical Under Floor Heating system is the flexibility in manipulating the operation or adopting the system.( All controls in any system for that matter use electricity for powering it) .Microprocessor operation makes a lot of hard tasks being made easy. The use of sensors and a timer for monitoring or programming temperature at different locations is easily possible in the electrically operated heaters due to this. This would further enhance the efficiency. The zoning of the building is easily possible for convenient and energy saving usage of each. Come to think of it, you would only need to add a programmable thermostat to get all this.

• A good thermostat would further make it possible to accurately monitor your room temperatures. No more under heating or over heating to waste costly energy. Maintain your unheated rooms (for eg. Living room, visitors areas etc. in the morning) at 15 0 C, Heated Rooms (such as wet rooms like bath rooms or kitchens} at 21 0 C and the other heated rooms like bed rooms at 18 0 C will easily be possible while drastically reducing your energy consumption. This setting can be easily programmable to a different one in the evening or seasonally. In the alternative the whole automation may be over ridden if the necessity arises.

Electrical under floor heating is a viable option for your high energy bills .The reduced energy consumption contributes considerably towards a smaller carbon foot print. The power losses of the grid distribution are beyond you and whether you use grid power or otherwise the losses are an inbuilt constant. But you can certainly use a clean, near 100% efficient electrically powered under floor heating system in your home in order to manage your home energy and green house gas emissions effectively.

Outdoor Lighting Mistakesby admin • November 14th, 2012

Upgrading your home’s exterior lighting is a surefire way to increase your home’s curb appeal and resell value. And a well-lit front lawn can also deter would-be burglars.

Most of all the outdoor lighting of one’s home adds a welcoming touch for family and guests. Here you can learn about outdoor lighting trends, common lighting problems and their solutions, and things to consider when selecting outdoor lighting fixtures.

First and foremost, it’s important to give a considerable amount of thought to the placement of your outdoor lights. Just as you would not place several lighting fixtures like table lamps or wall sconces in a single area of your living room, you don’t want to place exterior fixtures too close together either. This is a common problem when integrating path lights into your outdoor lighting solution. Too many path lights, too close together can make your walkway look more like the runway at an airport. Instead of placing the lights directly opposite one another on either end, try a staggered approach. The light will flow less harshly.

Another common mistake in selecting outdoor lights is in finding the proper lighting direction, or limiting “light pollution”. Outdoor lights should not obstruct one’s vision or interfere with one being able to see the entire landscape of a yard or area clearly. On a similar note, the lights should not shine directly into the road or a neighboring yard either. To avoid such issues, look for spotlights with glare guards.

Just as it would be boring to find the same exact lamp in every room of one’s home, it’s boring to see the same outdoor lighting fixture repeated throughout the yard. It can make the home appear institutional as opposed to personal. Use a wide variety of fixtures to light your yard; it will enhance the character and charm of your home.

Be sure to balance your home’s exterior lighting. Another common mistake in outdoor lighting placement, is to inadvertently divide the yard by placing too many lights in one area and too little in another. You want to evenly distribute light throughout the canvas of your home. You don’t want your yard looking like a parking lot.

Finally, like most things in home décor, less is more. Outdoor lighting should call attention to the beautiful and unique features of your home. It should not be intrusive. Proper outdoor lighting calls attention to various parts of your home’s exterior, not the entire surface area. Over illumination is never attractive indoor or outdoor.

Benefits Of Hiring An Electricianby admin • November 14th, 2012

Electrical appliances and electrical work have no guarantee; issues are bound to arise from time to time. In times like these you need the assistance of a skilled electrician. It is always a good idea to have the number of a good electrician at hand just in case of an emergency. Here are the various benefits of hiring a professional –

1. They complete an electrical repair task in a timely manner – Since they are skilled professionals and have a better understanding of the work needed, they can complete a task in a short span of time. Trying to fathom what to do next while handling an issue is something which you’d rather not face.

2. Post-installation support – After the installation of any electronic device, just in case any electrical issue arises they would provide after service and fix it for no extra cost. Doing the job yourself would mean spending extra money and wasting a lot of time.

3. They are available round the clock – In case of emergency they are available at all times to render quality service to you. Problems may arise at odd hours and you may not know how to fix the problem.

4. They recommend cost effective options – They are able to help you with cost effective remedies, rather than you spending extra cash when it is not required.

5. They use environment friendly and state of the art equipment and materials – Since they are professionals they have all kinds of equipment to help them. Yes! Your tiny toolbox doesn’t stand a chance.

6. They are qualified and specialize in those fields – They have the education and training which makes them professionals and gives them the ability to fix just about any electrical problem.

7. They try and provide a permanent solution to the problem – They are well versed with similar problems and are thus able to provide a permanent solution. They are trained and are able to fix these issues once and for all. You may not be able to find a permanent solution due to obvious lack of expertise.

We sure hope that helps you.

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