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3 Important Things You Should Know About Your Home Electricals


Understanding your home’s electric system isn’t too difficult a task, but we can never really be too sure of anything, especially when it comes to electricity as a whole. That being said, to avoid electrical hazards for your home or office, it is best to seek help from electrician services.

And to give you a head-start, here are a few lesser known things about your home’s electrical works that you should know:

1. Your home has a limit to its loading capacity.

While it is already obvious that residential homes and flats have a limited loading capacity, you may not know how much about your home’s loading volume and the overall power supply.

If you live in an HDB flat, there’s a good chance that your loading capacity is higher than 40 amperes. However, if your home’s capacity is lower than 40 amperes, you will need an HDB permit to install high-ampere power outlets for high-capacity equipment mainly so that you can lessen the risks brought by accidental electricity problems.

Even so, there could be a lot more reasons behind a power outage, and calling for a licensed electrician would be for the best.

2. There may be signs that you need to re-wire your home.

These signs should be fairly obvious, but you won’t be able to address them on your own. Enlisting the help of a good circuit testing firm from Singapore to connect and test electric wires would be the best for good measures. If you have concerns with power failure and ungrounded outlets and making significant home adjustments, it is always better to call a commercial electrical contractor, instead of doing it your own.

A cabling technician, though, should be called with matters regarding cable television and internet services. Always keep in mind that calling the right and certified electrical worker can be the only difference between a botched work and a successful electric repair.

The good news is that this often doesn’t apply to most HDB flats in Singapore, as the electric wiring is more standardized and up to code. Nevertheless, having your electrician install power point switches can also provide a bit more protection.

3. Calling an Electrical Service for Your Home or Office

Primarily, it is important to know the difference between wiremen and residential linemen. The former works to connect electrical wires indoors, while the latter works on power transmission lines outdoors. Just a good small thing to know so you won’t make a mistake when making a call.

It’s always a good idea to have a home electric handyman for complicated electrical works that you won’t be able to do on your own. For example, when it involves electrical wiring, electrical components, and other types of installation or repair problems. Also, having a 24 hour electrician ready in contact can also save you with problems that may happen in the dead of night.

Electrician services not only give you the quality work done by a licensed electrician, but also serves as an investment to make sure you are protected against any hazards or accidents that could potentially with a faulty electrical system.

Add Plants for Better Air Quality


A NASA Study Confirms That Certain Plants Can Filter Air


Scattering simple house plants all over the house is a simple way of uplifting the overall mood of the place. It’s a convenient and affordable way of upgrading your home décor by adding style and color.


But house plants are not just for decorative purposes, certain plant types have the ability to clean and filter the air we breathe, a major benefit for better family health.

We’ve learned in the past that green plants produce fresh air. However, if we take into consideration the amount of pollution and toxic substances in the air, simply producing fresh air is not enough.

Fortunately, NASA conducted a study in 1989 regarding the ability of several house plants to purify air. Named as the Clean Air Study, the research shows the specific types of plants that have this essential ability and also the types of toxins these plants can filter. The study goes as far as explaining what bad effects these toxins can cause in living organisms.


What are the toxins present in our air?

  • Trichloroethylene- can be found in paints, thinners, lacquers, printing inks and adhesives
  • Formaldehyde- seen in synthetic fabrics, facial tissues, plywood panels, paper bags, and table napkins
  • Benzene- ingredient used in making dyes, glue, wax, paint, plastics, detergents, and pesticides
  • Xylene- present in leather, tobacco, rubber, and vehicle exhaust
  • Ammonia- abundant in fertilizers, floor waxes, and window cleaners


Effects in humans?

  • Trichloroethylene- causes dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness, headache and coma
  • Formaldehyde- short term exposure may result in nose, mouth, throat irritation and swelling of the lungs
  • Benzene- exposure may cause eye irritation, dizziness, unconsciousness and heart rate increase
  • Xylene- causes confusion, headache, heart problems, coma, and damage to kidneys and liver
  • Ammonia- results in coughing, sore throat and irritation of the eyes


Air-filtering plants we need?

  • Boston fern- filters formaldehyde and xylene
  • Spider plant- filters formaldehyde and xylene
  • Chinese evergreen- filters formaldehyde and xylene
  • Kimberley queen fern- filters formaldehyde and xylene
  • Lilyturf- filters xylene, trichloroethylene and ammonia
  • Bamboo palm- filters formaldehyde and xylene
  • Weeping fig- filters formaldehyde and xylene
  • Dwarf date palm- filters formaldehyde and xylene
  • Peace lily- filters all toxins
  • Florist’s chrysanthemum- filters all toxins
  • English ivy- filters xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene
  • Barberton daisy- filters xylene, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene
  • Varigated snake plant- filters xylene, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene
  • Red-edged dracaena- filters xylene, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene


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