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Tips To Survive Winter

Tips To Survive Winter

Winter Has Arrived! Now that our temperatures have been dropping to the single digits keeping warm in winter can often be challenging. Besides your obvious solutions like dressing in multiple layers, wearing slippers etc.. we want to share a couple of solutions that could make you more comfortable. Heat Lamps Heat lamps are a great addition to the bathroom. No one likes getting out of a warm shower into a freezing bathroom. A heat lamp will take that unwanted chill on those winter mornings. There are several different models but our most popular is the one pictured which is a 3 in 1 heat, light and exhaust fan. Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Reverse cycle air conditioning  can be the perfect all year round solution to keeping warm in winter and cool in summer. With technology always improving air conditioners are now more efficient then ever and with built in timer functions you can now set it to run when necessary which will help with your power bill. There are also a number of rebates available!  get in touch with us to discuss your air conditioning installation Sunshine Coast needs. Contact us today for a free quote Call...
New Government Rebate!

New Government Rebate!

As of January the 1st 2018 in an attempt to reduce energy costs the Queensland Government has released 20 million dollars of incentives for people that purchase air conditioners with a 4 star energy rating! This means that along with Energex’s Peak Smart incentive you can get a whopping $500 cash back. Contact us today to learn more. CONTACT FORM...
Job Opportunity – Qualified Electrician

Job Opportunity – Qualified Electrician

Due to current demands we are seeking a qualified electrician to join our team. The current position on offer is casual with the opportunity for a full time position after probation. Requirements: QLD electrical workers licence QLD drivers licence Blue or white card Hand tools Own reliable transport Experience in new house wiring and air conditioning installations would be desirable. Successful applicant will need to have the ability to work by themselves or in a small team including supervising apprentices. No phone calls please, email resumes through to...
Hot Prices On Air Conditioning!

Hot Prices On Air Conditioning!

Summer is still here! Have you been uncomfortably hot throughout the summer heat so far and are now at breaking point! On the Sunshine Coast Summer is great for beaches and pools but there is nothing worse then sitting in the living room or laying in bed in some of the heat we have had. The good news is the beaches will be great for a while longer but the bad news is your house will be hot for a while longer also! LET US HELP YOU! Check out some of our deals below and get in contact with us to see what air conditioning system will suit your needs. PERFECT FOR THE BEDROOM! Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 2.5kW from $1,425.00 supplied and installed *after Energex $100 cashback* *conditions apply* GREAT FOR THE LIVING AREA! Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 7.1kW from $2,022.00 supplied and installed *after Energex $100 cashback* *conditions apply* Don't hesitate anymore, click here to phone us...
How to select a Air Conditioner?

How to select a Air Conditioner?

That is right people the summer feeling is well and truly upon us! Last week the mercury reached a whopping 34 degrees on the Sunshine Coast. This article is designed to help you choose which air conditioner you might need to cool things down this season.   Purchasing air conditioning on the Sunshine Coast? There is a number of considerations to bear in mind when choosing an air conditioner. Do you live in rented accommodation? If so you may need to get approval first.  Alternatively such items as portable devices may suit. Consider the size of the space you wish to be cooled or heated.  Mis-sizing units may result in unsatisfactory results and high electricity bills. Would you like heating in winter? If so a reverse cycle air conditioner should be considered. Match the air conditioner to your room size Finding the right sized air conditioner for your room can depend on a number of factors such as the size of the room, size of windows, insulation and which way the room faces. You can use this table as a guide only. Please speak to our air conditioning installer on the Sunshine Coast before purchasing a new unit so we can ensure you buy the right air con for your home or office.   Room Size 3m x 3m = 9m2                   = 2.5kW 5m x 5m = 25m2                 = 3.5kW 6.3m x 6.3m = 40m2          = 5.0kW 6.7m x 6.7m = 45m2           = 6.0kW...
Winter is over!

Winter is over!

As winter has now come to an end and things on the Sunshine Coast are starting to heat up, now is the time to book in for your air conditioning installation before the summer rush! Weather it is a simple reverse cycle split system air conditioner for your bedroom or a fully ducted air conditioning system for your house, here at Act Right Electrical on the Sunshine Coast we can supply and install quality brands while promising quality workmanship. Energex is still offering cashback’s of up to $400 for new installations, if you’d like to find out more about the Energex Peaksmart Cashback Incentive give us a call or click here. CALL...
Choosing the Right Electrician

Choosing the Right Electrician

Do you need an electrician? Follow these 3 easy steps to ensure this one is right for you! 1. Does the electrician have the right skill level for the job? This is the most overlooked criteria when selecting the right electrician. Sure they might have a licence but how much experience do they have in this particular task. A good tip to ensure you have the most experienced electrician would be to: – log onto there website (if they have one) and look at there scope of works they deal with. If they don’t specify don’t be afraid to call up directly and ask. 2. Checking credentials In Australia every electrician needs to be licensed to perform any electrical works. This can be searched online with a quick contractors check. Keep in mind that it is also illegal for you to hire an unlicensed electrician. 3. Pricing Most expensive doesn’t always mean the best job! However, you should be wary of a price that appears to low. It can often mean that the contractor is cutting some corners in order to win the job. Its a good idea to get a couple of quotes and make a decision on the criteria mentioned above. If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact us and we will be happy to...
Maintaining Your Smoke Alarms

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarms

Testing & Maintaining your smoke alarms We can all feel the temperature dropping on the Sunshine Coast as we enter into the cooler winter months. Its time to bring out those winter woolies and for alot of people a nice and toastie space heater. Saying that this is the most important time of the year to make sure your smoke alarms are tested and are in good working order. Smoke alarms save lives! In Queensland about three quarters of all home fire deaths happen in houses without smoke alarms. Nearly half of all fire deaths happen when people are sleeping. At present the best smoke alarms are the photo electric type where they actually can ‘see’ the smoke by detecting the visible combustion particles in the air. These are also less likely to set off false alarms when cooking etc. Once installed in the correct location the testing part is easy. The battery is to be checked at least once a month by holding in the test button until it sounds. Sometimes a constant beeping sound is heard from time to time this usually means your battery is getting low and needs to be replaced. Here are a few more tips Always keep your smoke alarm clean from dust and other particles. Never paint over your smoke alarm. Always replace your smoke alarm battery once a year. Never remove your smoke alarms batteries. Always replace your smoke alarm when they reach the manufacturers expiry date. If you have any doubt that your smoke alarms are not functioning properly don’t hesitate to contact...
How to prevent your house from Electrical Fires

How to prevent your house from Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are caused mainly by either faulty house wiring or appliance failure. However, many do occur due to mistakes that homeowners make like overloading electrical outlets or extension cords. In order to prevent injury to yourself or to a loved one. Here are the 5 most common causes of electrical fires: Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets along with old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, power points and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord! Running cords under rugs or mats is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the earth prong from a cord so it can be used in a 2 prong outlet can also cause a fire. Each appliance is rated at a specific amperage and earth are needed. Light fittings, lamps and light bulbs are a cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum wattage of the fitting when replacing a bulb. Never place any materials directly on top or over a lampshade. The material heats up and can ignite, causing a fire. Misuse of extension leads can also lead to an electrical fire. Never leave an appliance plugged into an extension lead for a long period of time. Always try and plug your appliance directly into sockets. If need be hire an electrician to install more sockets. Space heaters are the most often cause of electrical fires. This is due to them being placed too close to combustible items such as curtains, beds, chairs etc. Always keep plenty of distance from your heater to any items. Outdated wiring is also a...
Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy Efficient Appliances

By purchasing energy efficient appliances households and business can save on their bills, consume less energy and help reduce emissions. But just how much can you save and how exactly do they work. Here’s everything you need to know. Quite simply put the more stars the more you save, use the energy rating label to choose a more efficient appliance. Try not to over-purchase, bigger isn’t always better. Choose the right sized model for your personal needs. Now for how much choosing to by an energy efficient appliance can save you. In the instance of a Television – every additional star is 20% more efficient than the previous. If you want to know how much each appliance is going to cost for you to run per year simply multiply the kWh number on the E3 sticker by your electricity tariff (cents per kWh). Here are the average Australian electricity tariffs for 2015. However, your tariff can vary depending on where you live and what deal you are on so you can check your electricity bill to find out your exact tariff. QLD – 28.48 NSW – 28.66 ACT – 22.1 VIC – 30.10 SA – 31.71 WA – 26.13 NT – 27.23 TAS – 28.66 Example – For a television running in...
RCD Electrical Safety Switches

RCD Electrical Safety Switches

RCD’s (Residual Current Devices) or safety switches are designed to cut the power in a fraction of a second in the event of a fault. These life saving devices are not to be confused with circuit breakers, which are in place in most homes but do not protect against electrocution. Whether you’re doing some home renovations or simply using a household appliance at least 15 Australians are killed each year in preventable home electrical accidents and many more are hospitalised. There are 4 main types of RCD’s: Meter box mounted These must be installed by a licensed electrician and are generally located alongside circuit breakers in the main meter box or distribution board of the property. Combination RCD Safety Switches and Circuit Breakers These are great for new builds as they save space in the meter box. Again these are to be installed by a licensed electrician. Portable RCD’s These can be purchased from an electronics store and attach to a power board or extension lead and only protect the circuits of appliances connected to them. Power Point RCD’s Are fitted to a power point and can be distinguished by the test button on the face plate. They must be fitted to the first power point after the meter box. It is a law for all houses built after 2000 to have a minimum of two safety switches installed at the main meter box or distribution board. However, between 1992 and 1999 houses only had one RCD installed which will not ensure complete protection for your family. RCD safety switches can be recognised by the test button on front...