Fire Protection Devices In Your Home

Keeping safe during fire season in Australia is extremely important, and having the right measures in place is essential. In general, keeping safe in case of natural fire disasters and accidental fires is important. There are many ways to be fire ready and most people will have a general understanding on the subject, however it’s also vital that you have the right technology to assist your protection.

Most people will have a smoke alarm in their home, but there’s a difference between smoke alarms, and the other term ‘smoke detector’.

  • A smoke alarm is a singular unit that detect the presence of smoke, and has an inbuilt audio component.
  • A smoke detector works in the same way as the smoke alarm, however it needs to be connected to an additional ‘alarm system’ that can product the audio reaction.

Smoke alarm in a smoky room

When you have smoke alarm installed in your home you need to make sure it works appropriately after installation.  You should also make sure you regularly check to ensure that the alarm still works, and change the batteries about once a year.


Thermal/ Heat Detector:

Another fire protection device is the heat detector, this device is used in addition to smoke alarms or detectors. By itself the heat detector works by reacting to temperature, rather than smoke, as it has a thermal lag.  There are two types of heat detectors you can choose from, either the fixed temperature, or rate-of-rise heat detector.

Fixed Temperature Detector:

Your fixed rate detector will kick into action when the temperature reaches a per-determined heat level.

Rate-Of-Rise Heat Detector:

A Rate-Of-Rise Heat Detector will be awakened when the surrounding heat increases of a certain time according to the temperature that’s originally set , or greater.

heat detector

If you’re unsure about what’s best when it comes to heat detectors and smoke alarm systems, a professional will always advise on the way of caution, meaning that your best solution is always maximum protection. However most people will only utilise the smoke alarm or smoke detector rather than go to the effort of installing an additional heat detector.

What you must remember however is that you should always have a smoke alarm system enabled, at the least you should have a smoke alarm. It’s up to your personal preference when it comes to adding in the heat protector, there is certainly no way you can be too careful when it comes to fire safety.

In the hot Australian summers there is no excuse when it comes to preparing fire safety plans and having all the right fire safety devices. You don’t want to face disaster due to lack of prevention and caution. If you’re unsure whether you’re fire safety devices are working and in healthy shape, you can contact your local electrician for a check up. Or if you want a new alarm or detector installed, electricians will help with this also.

You can contact Electrician Manly- Maytek Electrical Contracting for any repairs or assistance with your smoke alarm systems.

Air Conditioning: Your Basics

Are you still living with the scorching heat of the summer without air-conditioning? If you’re sick of the draining heat of the summer sun then installing air conditioning can the perfect savior. Although air-conditioning can be a costly addition to your house it’s well worth the purchase if the heat is affecting your energy levels. However there are a few different air conditioning types available, and it’s best to get a basic understanding on what air-conditioning will suit your home.

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Evaporative Cooling:

– Won’t work in high humidity as it works by evaporating water, which increases humidity to the area.

-Best option when trying to be environmentally friendly.

– It’s cheaper for running costs and out right costs

-Many people believe this is a great option if you live in an area that’s not prone to high humidity

evaporative cooling

Refrigerated Cooling:

– Takes humidity out of the air and produces dry air. (this can be a positive and negative to different people)

-Has higher carbon dioxide emissions

– Most people find refrigerated cooling to be more intense and able to cool an area completely

Other factors:

With both systems you can have standalone units installed or have ducted cooling, whilst some can also be split-systems. Many people believe ducted systems to the best it reaches all rooms in a house, but this is quite a costly choice. Being able to adjust your ducted systems when you’re not using particular areas of the house is best when looking at running costs.

If you’re looking at both evaporative and refrigerated cooling it’s hard to spell out the positive and negatives with full conviction, as their effectiveness differs in all homes or businesses. Having an understanding of how they work is the only way you can decide on what you think is going to work best. A lot of people will decide on a system based on their budget and preferences in terms of how necessary it is to have all areas of the home cooled.

Some people are happy to have one particular room cooled if it means they can save on costs, whereas some people want to be able to roam free throughout their home and keep cool. You’ll need to have a firm idea on what you’re willing to pay, or sacrifice in order to air conditioning. Although you can be sure that their are certain principles that can completely rule out a particular option, such as people who live in humid areas who would get little benefit from evaporative cooling.

air con

It’s best to speak to a air conditioning specialist when looking at your options, but don’t be afraid to ask questions, as you don’t want to commit to anything that doesn’t fit with the basic knowledge about the two different systems. You should also get a few quotes and then you’ll have a further understanding on what’s reasonable for your home or business property.

If you want to speak directly to a professional about your options you can discuss it all with Air Conditioning Prestons- Appliance and Air Conditioning Services.



Shower Screen Options and Suitability

Whether you’re completely re-fitting your bathroom, or simply require some adjustments, choosing the right shower screen is important. Not only are shower screens essential and practical, but they can also be a great visual component. There are many different shower screen sizes and styles, so you will need to look at everything carefully before deciding on the right one.

Some things to consider:

  •  You will need to make lots of measurements and diagrams to ensure that the shower screen you’re buying will be appropriate in the space provided. If you’re renovating then you can draw up a plan from scratch, but if you’re just replacing the shower screen then you’ll need to measure according to objects already in the bathroom. (you’ll need to make sure your shower screen won’t hit anything, and that the opening of the door is comfortable to get out from)
  • When completing some measurements you also need to ensure that the shower screen will fit the shower appropriately. It’s vital that the shower screen size completely covers the empty space between the rest of the shower, or else you’ll have water getting out of the shower.
  • Depending on what style you’re looking for in your shower will change what shower screen door you’ll choose, there are many options with this also.  You can get a pivot door, fixed panel, corner unit, sliding door and fixed & swing
  • Shower screens come in pre-made sizes, as well as custom measurements, so make sure find the arrangement that suits you best.


The Types Of Framing For Showers Screens:

Fully Framed Shower Screen:

When you look at popularity when it comes to shower screens the fully framed designs are most common. Due to the more basic assembly required for a fully framed shower screen the overall price is a lot cheaper than any other design. Most older shower screens are fully framed, but you can find a lot of modern fully framed designs that can suitably blend in with your bathroom. If you want the cheaper option, fully framed shower screen is the first choice.

fully framed shower screen

 Semi-Frameless Shower Screen:

Your semi-frameless shower screen design has less framing than the fully framed type. You’ll find this type of shower screen to have framing at the top and bottom of certain panels, however some panels will be frameless. As such this type of framing is the middle ground between fully framed and frameless. It’s often chosen because it’ cheaper than frameless but has a sleek and modern look compared to fully framed.

Fully Frameless:

With the fully frameless (or frameless) design you’re right at the high end of the scale in terms of price, however many would argue this is also the most rewarding visual choice. With no framing or rubber on any part of the shower screen, you only get panels of clear class. Most people find the clear class easier to keep clean, and provides a very sophisticated look to the bathroom. The downside to this type of shower screen is that it’s more fragile, as it has less support than your fully framed or semi-frameless design.

frameless shower screen

Additional Choices:

Not only can you choose the frame support of your shower screen, but you can also look at purchasing glass that differs in opacity. As such the glass is not different, it’s surface is simply adjusted.


Clear glass for your shower screen is the most common choice, as it


As the name suggests this is glass that has been detailed with a frosted look, making it perfect for privacy. You cannot see through the glass, as it has been rendered. Glass is frosted through a few different techniques, one way is sandblasting. Depending on what you desire you can have all parts of your shower screen frosted, or just some elements.


Tinted shower screens also function to reduce visibility through the glass, however it’s different to frosted glass because its an additional coat that’s added to the glass, and can come in many colours. Most popular colours include green and blue shades. You’ll need to be cautious when making the decision to tint any of your shower screen panels, as the colour will need to suit the room, or your design idea.


tinted shower screen

As you can see there is a great variety of choice when it comes to choosing the right shower screen for your renovations or installations. You really need to look into all these aspects before you stand firmly with one choice. With this basic information you can go on to further research your ideas and look at examples of modern shower screens. You can really be creative when looking at shower screens, so make sure you do some thorough research.

frosted shower screen

You’ll find there are many glazier companies out there that can build custom made shower screens, or provide you with styles and sizes already created.

Just take your time and enjoy the possibilities!