Emergency lighting

An emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device thatcomes on automatically when a building, room or area experiences a power outage. Emergency lights are standard in new commercial and high occupancy residential buildings, such as college dormitories. Most building codes require that they be installed in older buildings as well.

The lights consist of one or more incandescent bulbs or one or more clusters of high-intensity light-emitting diodes (LED). Modern fixtures usually have a test button of some sort which temporarily overrides the unit and causes it to switch on the lights and operate from battery power even if the main power is still on. Modern systems are operated with relatively low voltage, usually from 6-12 volts. This both reduces the size of the batteries required and reduces the load on the circuit to which the emergency light is wired. Modern fixtures include a small transformer in the base of the fixture which steps-down the voltage from main current to the low power required by the lights.

For more details on Emergency Lighting Systems and Testing click here.

Commercial and Industrial Emergency Lighting
All commercial and industrial buildings must be fitted with an Emergency Lighting System to ensure safe evacuation in the case of an emergency.

It is vital that these systems are properly maintained; not only because it is a statutory requirement and most insurance companies require it, but because the safety of you and staff may depend on it!

We can arrange regular inspection, testing and certification of emergency lighting systems every 6 or 12 months to ensure your premises fully comply with BS5266-1.

We’ll also provide the required documentation and log book. For more details on commercial and industrial Emergency Lighting Systems and Testing click here.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Night storage heaters, Economy 7 & Economy 10

A night storage heater is an electrical home appliance which stores thermal energy in heat banks, normally clay bricks, during the evening, or at night when electricity is available at lower cost, and releases the heat during the day as required.

Storage heaters used to be seen as an expensive alternative to provide heat compared to other fuels. Not today – with energy costs soaring, storage heaters now provide a competitive source of controllable heat energy when compared to gas and oil alternatives.

They can be installed anywhere using a simple wall bracket and have no maintenance costs. Rooms can be equipped with modern storage heaters without major installation costs. There is no flue modernisation, expensive pipe work or plumbing necessary and no risks such as Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

The lifetime cost of an electric heat system will be lower than heating using other fuels. Electric heating is energy efficient and more eco friendly than central heating. Storage heaters are ideal for homes that are occupied during the day due to slow heat release throughout the day.

The early electric storage heaters were bulky and space consuming; and they emitted heat at a set rate, so the user had no control over the output. The heat stored during the night could be adjusted – but this involved making an estimate of the next day’s heating requirements, and a sudden change of weather could leave the user with too much or too little heat.

The main disadvantage is lack of heat control. If excess heat has been stored, heat will be discharged into the room even if it is not needed. If there is unexpected cold weather and insufficient heat has been stored, full price electricity or a secondary heat source i.e. gas or oil will be needed to generate extra heat. Most heaters are heavy due to the clay bricks inside used to store heat.

Improvements in technology and design have enhanced their appeal considerably. Present day electric storage heaters are slimmer – typically 167mm (6.2in) deep – and may either be wall-mounted or freestanding. They retain their heat more efficiently and enable greater control of heat output. Thermostatically controlled adjustable dampers and fans allow the units to be run at low levels in unoccupied rooms and then at a higher level when needed, perhaps late in the day. Some units retain a residue of stored heat, which reduces overnight charging and cuts costs further. Others monitor room temperatures at night, assess the next day’s heating needs (a cold night is normally followed by a cold day) and adjust the heat charge accordingly.

Economy 7, is a kind of electricity tariff, which means that you pay a different price for your electricity at different times of day.

Because people use less electricity in the small hours of the night the electricity providers are willing to sell electricity cheaper for 7 hours each night a bit like peak and off-peak phone calls. Roughly, the charge for using electrical appliances during these hours is around a third of the regular cost

Economy 7 tariffs use a different kind of electricity meter, which, unlike a standard meter, can track the electricity you use during the day and at night separately.

The Economy 10 system is similar to the much wider used Economy 7 system and gives an extra charge to your system. The hours for the economy 10 tariff are split on usage into three tariff periods (rather than 2 with economy 7) as follows:

  • 3 hours in the afternoon
  • 2 hours in the evening
  • 5 hours over night

Certain night storage heaters would charge up during the night and release some of their heat during the day but not have enough heat left when the family returns home in the evening and turns everything up to full. This is where the Economy 10 system sould come in usefull and recharge in the afternoon and also in the evening. Also tumble dryers, washers and dish washers could be put on timers to come on for the afternoon session meaning that everything would be clean for when you get home and leave the nights free of noisy washers etc.

Economy 10 is often referred to as a heatwise tariff is only available if you have an economy 10 meter fitted – which is not common but they are available to be installed but you may be charged for the installation. There only appear to be a couple of energy companies that still offer this tariff and those being Eon energy and EDF energy. You’ll also not likely to see these tariffs on price comparison websites or even on the companies we’ve just mentioned. So if you are already on this tariff or want to find more about it then go to those websites for further information or give them a call.

With the introduction of new smart meter tariffs over the coming years it’s also unlikely that new economy 10 tariffs will be launched and may be phased out completely depending on what happens to the market place once more data is collected from your usage patterns and new smart tariffs are introduced. Certainly npower stopped their economy 10 tariff before 2009 because of lack of demand. So if you are already on economy 10 you should always look to see if there are cheaper tariffs out there either with economy 7 or even discounted standard tariffs.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Air Conditioning and Heating Units

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Home air conditioning is now firmly on the ‘Wish List’ of many homeowners and property developers in the UK. Our climate is undoubtedly becoming warmer each year, and most of us have quickly become accustomed to the comfort of our air conditioned cars and places of work.

This desire for comfort is naturally extending to the home, creating a new and exciting market, which though our passion for customer care and attention to detail in our work we’ve found ourselves ideally positioned to service.

A healthy choice of home air conditioning equipment is now available in the UK, from ‘designer’ wall-mounted systems for a single room, through to bespoke, ‘whole house’ ducted air conditioning systems that can be discretely concealed.

Most people instinctively associate the term ‘air conditioning’ with cooling, however today’s home air conditioning systems also heat through the use of highly efficient heat-pump technology, and provide an effective level of air filtration. In turn, bedrooms, conservatories and loft conversions that are typically too hot in the summer and difficult to keep warm in the winter, can be enjoyed at a constant level of comfort throughout the entire year.

Single Self-contained units.
Our range of self-contained single air conditioners Oprovide a fast and simple solution to air conditioning a single room in the home.

Whilst not a significantly cheaper option than a straight-forward split system installation, the installation of these units takes just a few hours and no outdoor unit is required.

These machines are in turn an ideal solution for properties having no available outside space such as flats or apartments, or where a substantial piping distance makes the installation of a split system prohibitively expensive.

Split Type Home Air Condioning Units.
The split type system is the most commonly used form of air-conditioning system. As the name suggests, the refrigeration circuit is split into two halves, with each half being contained within separate indoor and outdoor units.

The indoor units are attractive in appearance and available in varying styles to suit the surroundings. They contain a heat-exchanger and low-noise fan, and are generally wall-mounted, floor-standing or concealed within attic spaces or bespoke enclosures.

The outdoor units are responsible for rejecting the unwanted heat to outside. They are again compact in design and operate with extremely low noise ratings. They can be sited anywhere outside, either floor-standing on patio areas or flat roofs, or wall-mounted on suitable brackets.

The indoor and outdoor units are connected via insulated refrigeration pipework and the necessary cabling to restore the complete refrigeration circuit, and the separation between each can be anything up to 30 metres.

Multi-Split Home Air Conditioners.
The multi-split type system comprises of a single outdoor unit which is capable of serving multiple indoor units thereby serving multiple rooms or areas in the home.

The outdoor units are responsible for rejecting the unwanted heat to outside. They are again compact in design and operate with extremely low noise ratings. They can be sited anywhere outside, either floor-standing on patio areas or flat roofs, or wall-mounted on suitable brackets.

The indoor and outdoor units are connected via insulated refrigeration pipework and the necessary cabling to restore the complete refrigeration circuit. The separation between the indoor and outdoor unit can be anything up to 30 metres.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Electric sockets

Electric sockets – 5 amp or 13 amp
See what our customers had to say about our work on sockets here, here, and here.

Contrary to popular belief there are a few different types of sockets available and being used in the UK at this time. The most common is the now standard 13 amp square pinned socket to fit the standard 13 amp plug. These can be used for any device sold in the UK today so why are there different sockets anyway.

The 5 amp small round pin socket is now primarily only used for lighting circuits. Most of us will have our standard or table lamps wired into a normal 13 amp plug, with a 3 or 5 amp fuse to protect it, and plugged into a standard 13 amp socket. These would then be switched on and off when required as the sockets are permanently connected to the power.

However let us imagine that you have a rather large house( or hotel) with a big lounge and although you have a couple of main lights in the room you might also have a few wall lights, to create a different lighting mood, also switched on by the light switches beside the door. To then create yet a different mood you might have a few standard lamps and a few table lights dotted around the room but also want to turn them all on with a light switch rather than spending a few minutes running around. For this purpose the 5 amp round pin plug and socket is still very much in use.

Another light switch would then be wired directly to these 5 amp sockets so that when you plugged in these lights, all with the special 5 amp round pinned plugs, they could all be switched or in fact dimmed together.

The main reason for this is that the cabling used for lighting is 1.5mm cable and wouldn’t be able to take the power that could be drawn through it should someone then accidentally put in a couple of 13 amp heaters or something as this would normally require 2.5mm cabling.

Well the rare 15 amp socket which is a large round pinned socket looks similar the smaller 5 amp (so as one won’t fit in another) is now only found in theatres for the specialized lighting that they may use there or in older factories..

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Heating controls

Myths Explained
There are many known tips that we pick up over the years regarding our home heating controls that enable us to save both energy and money but which ones are true and which are simply olds wives tales?

As society becomes more aware of energy efficiency in the home there are more and more myths regarding energy saving issues. This in turn leads to misconceptions regarding how to save energy. If you have recently upgraded your existing heating system you are probably aware of the energy saving benefits that come with it. Here are a few energy saving myths explained.

Investing in Heating Controls
Can changing your heating system really save you money? Upgrading with intelligent heating controls can help you to get the most out of your heating system. Modern heating controls have a number of settings and programmes available rather than simply switching on and off. This allows you to have your heating on only when you need it. The more ways to control your heating the more you can save.

Operating Heating Controls
We are told to turn off our appliances to conserve energy but haven’t we all heard the rumour that turning our appliances on and off can use more energy than you would use by simply leaving them on? If you are one of the many people that have been told about that surge of electricity that occurs when an appliance is turned on, rest assured you will waste more energy by leaving on your lights, TV and appliances while you are not using them. The same principle can be applied to your heating controls, although the opposite is true in this case. Should you leave your thermostat at a constant temperature of should you constantly change it to fit your needs? Intelligent heating controls find the perfect temperature for your home.

Intelligent Heating Controls
Although you may be aware of the savings that come with intelligent heating controls you may still be wary of the initial costs. Many people have ruled out an intelligent heating system without further thought as they think the installation costs will be expensive. In truth intelligent heating controls are an affordable way to save energy.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Structured cabling

A structured cabling system is a complete system of cabling and associated hardware, which provides a comprehensive telecommunications infrastructure. This infrastructure serves a wide range of uses, such as to provide telephone service or transmit data through a computer network. It should not be device dependent.

We further define a structured cabling system in terms of ownership. The structured cabling system begins at the point where the service provider (SP) terminates. This point is the point of demarcation (demarc) or Network Interface Device (NID).For example, in a telephone system installation, the SP furnishes one or more service lines (per customer requirements). The SP connects the service lines at the point of demarcation.Every structured cabling system is unique. This is due to variations in:

  • The architectural structure of the building, which houses the cabling installation;
  • The cable and connection products;
  • The function of the cabling installation;
  • The types of equipment the cabling installation will support — present and future;
  • The configuration of an already installed system (upgrades and retrofits);
  • Customer requirements; and
  • Manufacturer warranties.The methods we use to complete and maintain cabling installations are relatively standard. The standardization of these installations is necessary because of the need to ensure acceptable system performance from increasingly complex arrangements.These help to ensure a proper cabling installation.The benefits of these standards include:
  1. Consistency of design and installation;
  2. Conformance to physical and transmission line requirements;
  3. A basis for examining a proposed system expansion and other changes; and
  4. Uniform documentation

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Home security

With modern technology choosing and designing the perfect security system for your home is more based around your lifestyle and what you have to protect than your budget. Lets take a look at some of the basic sysytems and what they may mean.

Outdoor lighting.
Although very basic still one of the best deterents for the oportunist burglar. Trying to survey the house or grounds get very dificult when motion detectors turn on 500 watt lights to suddenly illuminate the whole area making everyone aware of the intruders pressence. However if there is no one around to be made aware i.e. you live in a very remote area, you’re on holiday or even not even there then this still needs a back up system.

For more details on the different types of outdoor/security lighting click here.

Magnetic Contact.
These are the most simple of all the systems and rely on a magnetic contacts being opened should an intruder attempt to enter your home through a door or window which will then set off the alarm.

Motion detectors
These are now so cheap and reliable that they have totally taken the place of the old style presure pads that you might remember. Spread throughout the house these will then set off the alarm telling you not only where the intruder is but even more where he may have been in the house.

CCTV
With the modern mini digital cameras that can be connected to the home PC coming in at less than £10 each CCTV or video suveilancing has quickly added a new level of security available to the average home owner. Tapping into your system, not only from your bedroom but even from your smart phone while your on holiday, you can monitor your home and the grounds from anywhere in the world and perfectly assess the response needed to protect your valuable posessions. You can see whether there is an intruder in your home or the family pet that has found a way out of its bed and gone on a wander through the house.

It can even be used to monitor the baby or young child in its bed, make sure the kids got home from school on time and if connected properly you could even answer the CCTV door entry system, convincing the visitor that your still home but not available. And finally at any given time, memory space available, record what you see for proof at a later date.

Wired or wireless Sysytems.
Generally, a wireless burglar alarm system consists of a control panel, siren and devices such as PIR sensors, window/door shock sensors, smoke alarms etc… Every wireless security component has a built in radio transmitter/receiver to enable it to communicate with the control panel unit.

As the components of this system communicate wirelessly, it is easily possible to move the components around the home without having to change any wiring. Its also very easy to add new devices such as additional PIR sensors and smoke detectors. There are however, limitations as to how many devices it can support.

Wireless burglar alarm technology is now widely considered to be just as reliable as that of wired technology, all due to recent developments. When wireless alarms were first introduced, there were some concerns that signal interference, for example, from wireless doorbells or baby monitors, might impact on the alarms effectiveness, but these issues have been eliminated by the leading manufacturers.

However there are a number of downsides to a wireless alarm system. Each device will run on batteries so these will need to be regularly checked and replaced. A more sophisticated alarm system can inform of a low battery device via its control panel display. Fortunately, most devices can run in “sleep” mode when not needed, thus conserving battery life. Be aware that poorly charged batteries may result in false alarms to be triggered.

Some materials in your property may impair (or even disable) a device’s ability to communicate with the control panel. Thick concrete walls and iron/steel work will not help the device communication. Also long distances could prove a problem.

Monitored versus unmonitored systems
Unmonitored systems usually consist of an on-site alarm and/or flashing lights that indicate the security system has been breached and relies on neighbours or passers by to call the police. This type of system depends on other people reporting the incident – the alarm may go unnoticed if your neighbours are not at home or no one notices the alarm. Your neighbours, or a passerby, may also choose not to get involved. An unmonitored system is not likely a viable option in a remote or rural area.

Monitored systems contact a monitoring system by telephone. The typical sequence of events is as follows:

The security system senses a breach in security.
The security system and waits for 30 – 45 seconds before going into alarm allowing the homeowner a change to deactivate the system to prevent false alarms.

If not deactivated, the security system goes into alarm and sends a message to the monitoring company via the telephone.

The monitoring company received the message, determines the nature of the alarm and verifies the alarm, generally by placing a phone call to the home. If they do not receive the proper password or do not receive an answer, they will call the police.

The police receive the monitoring company’s call and respond.

Monitoring service
Remember that no matter how advanced or extensive your system may be, it is only as good as the service that is monitoring your home. Virtually all companies offer 24-hour monitoring, but there are a few other aspects to consider:

Cellular or radio back-up – Your phone can be disabled as a result of inclement weather, accidents, equipment failures or burglars cutting your phone line. A back-up system provides constant monitoring of your system and can alert the security company when the standard phone system is disabled.

System testing – Some companies will test your system on a regular basis to verify that the system is working and that the phone line is operable.

Maintenance – Your system should be tested and cleaned regularly to ensure optimal performance. Once a year is recommended.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Home Cinema and Sound Systems

When you watch a film at a cinema, the sound seems to come from all around you. Speakers placed around the walls project sound from every angle to give the impression that you’re in the thick of the action. A home cinema system tries to recreate this experience in your living room. The same surround-sound information used by cinemas is also stored on DVD and Blu-ray discs and even transmitted with some TV programmes.

A surround-sound system can decode this information and feed it to speakers located around your room, giving the sensation of a cinema experience in your home.

There are numerous reasons why buying a home cinema system will improve your film watching experience:

  • Voices and dialogue will be clearer, so you never miss what was said.
  • Explosions and loud effects will be more realistic and exciting.
  • Ambient effects, such as chatter in bar scenes, will be clearer and add to the immersion.
  • Surround sound effects will make you feel more part of the film.
  • Moreover many modern LCD and LED TVs have poor quality speakers. Manufacturers have had to squeeze tiny speakers into their increasingly slim sets and this, coupled with the lack of cabinet space, has badly affected the acoustic performance of today’s TVs. The only way to recover this audio performance is to attach the TV set to an external amplifier and speakers, either a stereo hi-fi system or a home cinema surround-sound system.

Games consoles such as the Microsoft X-box 360 and Sony Playstation 3 also support Dolby digital surround sound, and most modern games come with a full surround-sound track to accompany the on-screen action. So if you’re a serious gamer, buying a home-cinema surround-sound system is a compelling option.

Needless to say needs all this needs the right kind of cable both for the sound and the vision to get the best possible overall effect and to suit your budget.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Home Data networking

It all started with the computer. As people became comfortable with, and indeed dependent, on the machine’s ability to help manage their personal and professional lives, it wasn’t long before a second or third PC joined the family. At first, homeowners simply doled out the cash to buy each computer its own printer, scanner and other peripherals. Assigning each PC a different system is certainly a fine setup, but there is a more economical and efficient way to give every computer access to a set of peripherals.And especially now with technology advancing the way it is most households will have at least one very powerful main desktop computer in the home office, mainly for handling things that need high speed and lots of memory such as editing the bulk of their photos and family videos or even home web sites etc. Then they will probably have a laptop which they take to work or school and which they can easily use from their armchair or sofa and yet again will still require access to other home systems as well as the internet.

On top of that the new tablet PC’s that are becoming more of an everyday item as well as the new range of Smart Phones all need internet access not to mention access to a printer and scanner and other household computers. Networking systems effectively tie together an assortment of home office products so they can communicate seamlessly even if they are located many rooms apart.

All this and you mustn’t forget that the flat screen tv in the lounge is streeming vidoes form the internet as well as the new range of internet linked DAB radios that are accessing radio stations from around the world.

Because networking systems are so easily obtained and fairly inexpensive, many owners of multi-PC households have successfully implemented wireless networking systems. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that setup especially for the smart phones and tablet pc’s. But according to most home systems professionals, nothing beats the performance, the reliability and the flexibility of using wire to link PCs as well as other electronic devices together. With a wired network, you won’t pick up the interference you might with a wireless networking system, plus it’s more secure.

But not any old wire will do. When many types of products – from PCs and phones to security cameras and TVs – start talking to each other, it becomes increasingly important that the wiring inside the house be well-organised, that the connections to wall outlets be well-labelled, and that the ability to modify and add components to the network be ever-present and simple. That’s why so many homebuilders, home systems installers and homeowners are now opting to install preconfigured systems of high-speed cabling, otherwise known as structured Cabling or wiring.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.

Periodic inspection reports

See what our customers had to say about our Periodic Inspection Reports here, here, here, and here.

What is a periodic inspection?
An inspection and series of tests to make sure your electrical installation will continue to conform to the national safety standard. A periodic inspection will

  • Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
  • Find any potential electric shock risks or fire hazards.
  • Identify any defective electrical work.
  • Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property.

 
Why is a periodic inspection needed?
Electrics deteriorate with use and age – and electricity can be deadly. So it’s vital that people aren’t put at risk.

How often is a periodic inspection required?

Your electrics should be tested every:

  • 10 years for a home.
  • 5 years for a business.
  • 3 years for caravans.
  • 1 year for swimming pools.

 
Other instances when a periodic inspection should be carried out are

  • When a property is being prepared to be let.
  • Before selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property.

 

Who should do it and what happens?
A suitably qualified electrician, who will check the electrics against the national safety standard, should carry out all periodic inspections. The inspection should meet BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations). That’s the technical name for the 850 regulations that are checked in this test.

The inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and includes the following

  • The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
  • The suitability of the switch and control gear. For example an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
  • The serviceability of switches, sockets and light fittings. All of these may need replacing: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
  • The type of wiring system and its condition. For example cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s, likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use safer pvc insulation).
  • That residual current devices are used for sockets that may be used with outdoor electrical equipment.
  • The presence of adequate identification and notices.
  • The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
  • The changes in use of the premises which have led to, or may lead to, problematic wiring.
The electrician will provide a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) as part of the periodic inspection.

We employ reliable professionals who are trained to deal with all aspects of electrical faults. AA Electrical Services is a reputable installation, repair and maintenance service company covering the South East area. Our team of electricians provides you with maintenance of your electrical installation and appliances as well as a fast and reliable breakdown service. Recognising current British standards, our electrical engineers are NICEIC registered, Part P accredited and qualified to 17th edition standard, as certified by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE). This enables us to offer the highest levels of professional service to you.