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Covid19 Fulcher Edwards Operations Update

What a week eh! I don’t think any of us could have prepared for what we are currently facing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Like many businesses, big or small in St. Albans Fulcher Edwards Ltd have had to temporarily close our electrical services family business following Government Guidelines but also thinking of the health and wellbeing of our customers, electricians, wholesalers and all members of our team.

Like the rest of the country, this will be short lived but in the meantime we wanted to assure our customers that you can still contact us by calling us on 01923 616985 or email us at info@fulcheredwards.co.uk should you be in need of an emergency electrician in St Albans, London or Hertfordshire with any urgent queries.

We will still be contacting our customers whose fire alarm and emergency lighting we maintain as this is classed as essential maintenance works. If you have an emergency call out still please still call the emergency call out number on your fire alarm panel.

We hope it won’t be too long before we are back to normal and our electricians are back assisting you in your homes and businesses in and around St. Albans, but until then please keep safe and well, we will get through this! You may still see us update our Social Media platforms like our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram during this is time and we will try and share any useful information on our blog.Fulcher Edwards, Electrician in St Albans Logo

For now take care and a big thank you to our wonderful NHS, from all the team at FE.

 

 

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Warehouse Heating in St Albans, Hertfordshire & London

Warehouse heating in St Albans, Herfordshire and LondonIn today’s world of increasing energy costs and concerns about energy efficiency, it is quite a challenge to work out the best way to provide effective and efficient heating in large premises, such as a warehouse.

It is important to provide staff with a comfortable working environment – it can make a huge difference to how safe they are and how much work they get done.  It can actually make a difference to bottom line profit too.

So how do you do this whilst still keeping costs down and reducing carbon footprint?

There are a few different options to choose from, which should really be determined by the size and shape of your unit.

Warm air heating systems are one of the most popular ways to heat a warehouse.  A warm air heater heats the air which creates a comfortable working environment.  Air is passed through a heat exchanger that increases its temperature.  The warmed air is then distributed through the space by a fan.  The air is distributed around the space evenly, so that there aren’t any cold spots and the temperature is consistent.

Radiant heating is another option.  It works by emitting infrared radiation from the hot surface of the heater.  Unlike warm air heaters, radiant heaters do not heat the air, but rather objects and people.  Any heated object then in itself becomes a secondary heater, providing another source of heat. Radiant heating is very energy efficient as it only delivers heat where needed. This type of heating is usually placed in warehouse areas that lead to the outside, such as loading bays.

Destratification fans can also help reduce energy consumption with a warm air system by returning the warm air from the roof space back to the floor where it will be felt.  This keeps heating costs down and increases the efficiency of the main heating systems.

The Carbon Trust estimates that the use of Destratification fans in industrial buildings with high ceilings, operating a warm air heating system, can reduce energy consumption by 20%.

At Fulcher Edwards Ltd we have the experience, knowledge and professionalism to carry out heating installations for your business, big or small.

CALL US now to find out how we could help you and your business.

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St. Albans Managing Agents – Let us help you!

Fulcher Edwards has been assisting Managing Agents in St. Albans, Herts and London for many years with electrical maintenance, Electrical Installation Condition Reports and Portable Appliance Testing plus much more. Whether you are an agent in St. Albans with a number of landlord properties on your system or your are a residents in a building that has its own Management committee, we can provide a service that helps you rather than hinders you.

For example this week we are carrying out 9 EIC Reports in residential properties which has been planned to a tee! Each resident knows when and who will be attending their property and what work is involved. Once all the properties have been tested each resident will have their own copy of the EIC Report for their records and so will the Managing Committee.

What Makes Our Service Different?  – We also send our reminders when electrical testing and maintenance is due so you don’t have to worry about it. Our full list of services includes all aspects of works required by an electrician such as testing, installation, fault find finding and general maintenance. We also offer Fire Risk Assessments, fire extinguisher servicing, air conditioning installation and maintenance.

Insured Workmanship & Accreditations  Fulcher Edwards has Public Liability Insurance of £10 Million which can also be increased upon request. We are also NICEIC Registered Electrical Contractors and are SafeContractor and Trustmark accredited for your piece of mind.

Find Out More – If you are looking for an Electrical Services Company in St. Albans that will make sure your properties comply with Current British Standards then why not get in touch with us so we can provide you with a free quotation and discuss our services.

You can read some reviews about our service on Google also by searching for Fulcher Edwards Ltd St. Albans or on Yell.com. Feel free to get in touch for more information at info@fulcheredwards.co.uk or 01923 616985.

 

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Efficient Office Heating

January is well and truly here whicoffice heating installer in London, Hertfordshire and St albansh means the cold weather is upon us! I’m sure your office heating is on constantly now but is it efficient?

As per the Carbon Trusts website, Energy is one of the largest controllable overheads in office buildings which means there are many opportunities to make savings. Reducing energy consumption not only saves money but improves working conditions which can increase staff productivity. Furthermore, the environment will benefit from reductions in energy use and carbon emissions which enhances corporate reputation

Energy Advice Courtesy of the Carbon Trust From PCs to vending machines, office equipment of some kind or another is used by almost all UK businesses, and accounts for around 15% of all the electrical energy used in UK offices.It’s an area where huge savings can be made, as effective management of equipment can reduce its energy consumption by up to 70%. Start by focusing on the following three areas:

  1. Upgrade existing equipment
    Technology advances daily. New equipment with better energy efficiency ratings can lead to big savings. Watch the video and see how much you could save by upgrading old monitors. You’ll find advice on a range of equipment in upgrading equipment and systems.
  2. Have an office equipment policy
    Develop a set of guidelines to standardise operations and communicate it. For example: activate stand-by modes on PCs and set up printers to print both sides of the paper (duplex printing).
  3. Maintain equipment
    Well-maintained equipment is more efficient and lasts longer. So set up a maintenance schedule, keep equipment free from obstructions and prevent over-heating by cleaning filters and fans regularly.
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One of our electricians covering St Albans and London recently changed some heaters at a commercial building in Smallford, St. Albans and we are already hearing about the benefits of this Company upgrading their old heaters for new ones.
What else can you do?
Behaviour in the workplace is also another factor, with awareness being given which can help change behaviour in the workplace to reduce unnecessary energy consumption and cut your organisation’s carbon emissions.
If you are thinking of upgrading your heaters then why not contact Fulcher Edwards who can not only provide a free quote but we can discuss your requirements and give you advice that suits your business. You can contact us via our website on the contact us page or by calling 01923 616985.
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Happy New Year from your St. Albans Electrician

Well there goes another year and very quickly it did too! We are not going to lie though that 2019 was a tough year for Fulcher Edwards Ltd like many other small businesses. It came with way to many lows unfortunately, but we are hopeful that 2020 will be much better and with a lot less uncertainty surrounding the UK.

We can’t thank our customers enough for their instructions and support as they have really helped us to keep Fulcher Edwards going for another year. We have a loyal customer base and we really do believe that is because we offer a quality personable service as well as our accreditations such as NICEIC and Safecontractor.

If you are considering any electrical works or maintenance for your home or business this year then please support local businesses as by doing this you really are in most cases helping a family to pay their bills. Fulcher Edwards has been established since 1981 but at the end of the day it is still a family working very hard to keep it going.

Our electricians cover St. Albans, Watford, Radlett, Bushey, Hemel Hempstead and most of Hertfordshire and even London so please get in touch if you would like a free quotation. Our Contact Us form can be found on our blog or our website or if preferred you can call us on 01923 616985 or email info@fulcheredwards.co.uk

From all of us at Fulcher Edwards Ltd Happy New Year! Happy new year 2020 from your local electrician in st albans, herfordshire and london

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from your St. Albans Electrician

We would like to wish all our customers a safe and happy Christmas and make you aware of our shutdown period over the festive season.

Our office is closed from the afternoon of Monday 23rd December 2019 through to Thursday 2nd January 2020. Our office hours resume back to normal on Friday 3rd January 2020. Please note if you have works booked in over this period that they will still go ahead and one of our electricians will be with you as planned.

If we maintain your fire alarm system and you have an emergency call out over our shutdown period please call the emergency call out number on your fire alarm panel. Please leave a voicemail if no immediate answer and an electrician will call you back as soon as possible.

All enquiries will be responded to on our return on the 3rd January.

Traditional Christmas Tree lights lying on a wooden floor

Traditional Christmas Tree lights lying on a wooden floor.

From all of us at Fulcher Edwards Ltd we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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Christmas Electrical Safety Part 3

With just 5 days to go until Christmas Day, this is a third and final instalment of our blog post about electrical safety at Christmas.

We have covered the importance of checking your Christmas lights and when to use a registered electrician in St Albans, London or Hertfordshire like Fulcher Edwards Ltd. Another equally important thing to do over Christmas is testing your smoke alarm.

This is the time of year when you have more lights, candles, extensions leads and generally put your electrical system under more strain than normal. Your fire risk goes up unfortunately so therefore testing your smoke alarm has never been more important. The Fire and Rescue Service have very useful information on their website as below;

Maintaining your smoke alarm

To keep your smoke alarm in good working order, you should:

  • test it once a month, by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds
  • change the battery once a year (unless it’s a ten-year alarm)
  • replace the whole unit every ten years
  • clean your smoke alarm once every three months using the soft brush of your vacuum cleaner. This will ensure you remove any excess dust or insects.

You may see us use a hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook every Tuesday that says #testittuesday as we like to remind people like the rest of our industry of the importance of testing smoke alarms, fire alarms and emergency lighting. All of these things may help save a life! So a smoke alarm its not just for Christmas but something you should test all year round.

If you don’t have a smoke alarm or think you may need more than your local registered electrician can assist you with this. Fulcher Edwards Ltd installs Aico Alarms in our clients properties as they are one of the leading manufactuers.

We are NICEIC approved electrical contractors that cover St. Albans, Watford, Bushey, Radlett, Hemel Hempstead and most of Hertfordshire and even London, so why not get in touch with us for a free quotation by using the Contact Us form on our blog or website.

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Christmas Electrical Safety Part 2

This weeks blog post is following on from last weeks which was all about electrical safety at Christmas.

I think we can all agree that it is the prettiest time of the year with all the lights and decorations everywhere. However electrical safety is rarely thought about during the festivities and there is some scary statistics with christmas decorations and fires.

The NICEIC have shared a very helpful factsheet on their website which we are sharing with you on our blog. Last week was about Christmas lights and this weeks post is about outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Lighting

  • Only purchase/use outside Christmas lights that have been specifically designed to be used outside. Always check the manufacturers instructions.
  • All outside sockets that are used must have RCD protection for safety. An RCD (Residual Current Device) works by switching off the flow of electricity when a cable or flex is cut.
  • Any fixed or permanent outside lighting should be installed by a registered electrician to ensure it complies with the appropriate safety standards.

Decorations

Fire and rescue services across the country regularly issue warnings about the increased potential for house fires around Christmas time.

Dry Christmas trees, cards, decorations and all candles are all potential hazards which provide a means of fire to spread in the home.

Keep decorations and cards away from fires and other heat sources such as light fittings, sockets and charging equipment.

We hope that you find some of these safety tips helpful to ensure you and your family have a safe Christmas.

If you are looking for a register electrician in St. Albans or anywhere in Herts or London then Fulcher Edwards can ensure the electrical safety of your home before Christmas. Christmas electrical safety electricians in st albans, London and HertforshireOr even if you just need the advice of electrician then Fulcher Edwards would be more than happy to help. Just give us a call or use the Contact Us Form.

You can also search for a registered electrical contractor in St Albans by visiting niceic.com or the electricalsafetyregsiter.com and typing in your postcode.

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Christmas Electrical Safety Part 1

Believe it or not we are in December already! If you haven’t already, you may be thinking about getting your Christmas decorations down from the loft or out of the garage this weekend. We have already seen some lovely Christmas lights outside many homes and businesses in St. Albans. The Fulcher Edwards office is certainly ready! Without sounding like a Scrooge though, one thing that doesn’t always get taken into account with Christmas decorations is electrical safety.

The NICEIC have a Christmas Fact Sheet and safety information on their website which we are going to share with you over a few blog posts, as fires are most common this time of year due to electrical issues.

Christmas electrical safety electricians in st albans, London and Hertforshire

New research, commissioned by the UK’s leading regulatory body for electricians NICEIC and ELECSA has revealed some disturbing facts about the safety of UK homes at Christmas. As 90 percent of Brits admit to decorating their home and garden in the next few weeks, less than a quarter (23 percent) would consider the impact this might have on the electrics in their home. The study, which surveyed 2,000 UK tenants and homeowners, found that 42 percent of Brits paid more attention to aesthetics than safety, with 1 in 5 admitting to feeling they needed to compete with their friends and neighbours.

Inevitably, the increase in decorative lights require the use of multiple sockets and extension leads, yet less than 3 percent were concerned about the amount of lights they were using and whether they could be of danger to their family. Also these decorative lights put a lot of strain onto our electrical systems in our homes.

Christmas Lights

After being in the loft for 12 months, Christmas lights can become electrically unsafe. The following safety advice from the NICEIC Factsheet should ensure your lights are safe to use this Christmas.

  • Check your Christmas lights are not broken or damaged before use and look out for loose wires.
  • Use only replacement lamps of the same type and rating as those originally supplied with the lights.
  • Always switch your lights off before you go to bed or go out.
  • Keeps lights away from flammable decorations and materials can burn easily.
  • Try to avoid using too many extensions leads or adapters.
  • Never attempt to repair lights by using tape or joining with another set of lights.
  • Check the wiring of the plug and make sure no bare wiring is visiable.

Did you know? 

Research carried out in 2011 by Home Accident Surveillance System 2012, estimated there to be 1,000 people visited A&E in the UK after home accidents involving Christmas trees and 350 people after home accidents involving Christmas Lights.

Carrying out these safety checks will certainly help reduce your risk of any accidents with your family or home do you get to enjoy Christmas the way it was intended.

If you have any queries then why not contact a registered electrician in St Albans, London or Hetforshire like Fulcher Edwards Ltd who should be able to assist with any queries you may have.

Next week we will cover outside Christmas Lighting from the NICEIC Christmas Factsheet. Until then we hope your days will be Merry and bright!

 

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Have you heard of Lot 20 Regulations?

With winter truly on its way now, Fulcher Edwards Ltd have been installing more electric heaters for homes and businesses the last few weeks in St. Albans, London and surrounding areas. One thing we have had to make our customers aware is what type of heaters are now available, especially if they are replacing old ones.

From the 1stJanuary 2018 the Lot 20 Regulations came into play which was one of the largest upheaval to the electric heating industry as it changed the amount of available products manufactures could sell. Under the new  Lot 20 legislation, all local space heaters for sale in the EU will have to adhere to these new rules or they can no longer be sold.

So, what does that Lot 20 mean for the consumer? Lot 20 was created so that all energy-using products would have a framework of basic requirements to make them as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. When you consider the amount of energy we use on a daily basis, it’s easy to see why this legislation is so important.

Electric radiators, infrared heaters and panel heaters are all classed as ‘fixed electric local space heaters’, and they must have at least a 38% efficiency rating if they have a nominal heat output above 250W. Other electric heating solutions such as portable electric space heaters, storage heaters and heaters below 250W, have separate efficiency targets. Efficiency is determined by how many energy saving features a heater has now.

Which provided a helpful breakdown on their website with how compliance is now achieved with heaters available today under the new Regulations;

Portable heaters must have: Mechanic thermostat room temperature control as a minimum.

Optional additional energy saving features: Presence or open-window detection – the heater is equipped with an electronic device that automatically reduces the temperature when no person is detected in the room or if a window is open.

Remote control via an app – control temperature via a companion app on your phone or tablet  Adaptive start control.

This is not something our clients don’t need to worry about as our approved wholesalers and our electricians and staff at Fulcher Edwards know about Lot 20, therefore we can advise you of what is available now and what might be different from your existing heaters.

If you need any advise on a new electric heater installation or would like a free quotation then please get in touch via our online contact form on the website or on 01923 616985. If preferred our email address is info@fulcheredwards.co.uk

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