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Air Conditioning & Fire Safety

Air conditioning systems and units are a great way to keep your property cool and more and more individuals and businesses are choosing to use them. However, when left unmaintained air conditioning can cause fires that can be potentially lethal.

Common Causes of Air Con Fires

Any air conditioner that doesn’t have regular maintenance carried out, runs the risk of developing a fault that could lead to a fire. This can be caused by a number of things such as worn out filters, fault fire dampers or a build up of debris.

Some other common causes of AC fires are faulty equipment, flammable materials that are stored close by and malfunctioning controls. When a system doesn’t undergo maintenance, it can lead to internal system damage that could lead to a fire. Below we take a look at some of the most common cause of air con fires.

Flammable Materials

Storing any type of flammable material near your unit or system can put your system at risk of catching fire. Allowing materials such as paper, leaves, other debris or flammable liquids near your air conditioner means there at potential fire risk. All units and systems should be kept clear and free of any materials or debris, and the recommended distance is 3 metres.

Poor Cleaning/Maintenance

Failure to have regular maintenance or cleaning carried out, is one of the most common air conditioning fire causes. Many people think air conditioning will look after itself, which can lead to problems occurring. All parts of the units or system need to be thoroughly cleaned, including the air vents, filters and coils. Any obstruction to how the system works means your system or unit is at risk of catching fire.

Fault Parts & Equipment

When you neglect an air conditioning system, you wont know if all of the parts and equipment are working how they should be. Systems and units that are left unmaintained will gradually degrade until it fault occurs or it stops functioning all together. System failure can lead to a large amount of heat building up, which can to a fire breaking out. Having your air conditioning serviced regally by a professional will help to keep your system running smoothly all year around.

How To Prevent Air Conditioning Fires

Whether you’re a home or business owner, there are a number of things that you can do to help prevent air conditioning fires. Taking a proactive approach to prevent AC fires will help to protect both your property and the people in in. Below we’ll go through some of the best ways to prevent air conditions fires.

Regular Maintenance

Having regular air conditioning maintenance carried out, will help to ensure your system or unit is kept clean and fully functioning. Any servicing should be carried out by trained professionals to ensure it is carried out correctly. Many local air conditioning companies offer servicing and maintenance packages for both units and systems.

Fire Dampers

Fire dampers are a passive fire protection that is used in heating, cooling and ventilation units and systems. When places inside air conditioning ducts they can help to prevent fires from spreading. The dampers are designed to trigger when the temperature in the duct reaches a particular level. When the temperature rises the fuse in the fire damper will melt which will trigger the door to shut. This cuts the flow of air which helps to prevent the spread of fire through the vents.

Fire Sprinklers

One of the most common ways to protect any property from fire is with a fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers can be installed throughout a property, meaning they provide comprehensive fire protection coverage across the whole of your property. Systems have been upgraded in recent years meaning they are no longer visible and many companies offer discreet and concealed systems. Choosing the best fire of fire sprinklers for your property can be difficult, an that’s why it’s important to get in touch with a professional company such as RAD Fire Sprinklers. Our team of experts can provide advice and guidance to ensure you choose the best system for your property.

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Fire Sprinkler System for Property Development

Sprinklers in the Home – Are they Needed?

Our homes are our sanctuaries, a place where we go after a hectic day at work, or a day meeting friends, our homes are our safe places, but are they safe?

Undoubtedly a sprinkler system can make our homes safer, yet the costs are dismissed by most builders. H

Why Do You Need Sprinklers?

In short, sprinklers save lives! They can also reduce the number of serious burns, injuries and damage caused by house fires. Statistics show that a death per fire rate has dramatically been reduced when fire sprinklers are present, when sprinklers are installed it is subsequent that fires are contained to one room, whereas homes without sprinklers the fire can spread at a 75% rate. Sprinklers work to reduce the risk of lives and property.

How Do They Work?

Sprinklers are activated when the room temperature, in which the fire is burning exceeds the pre-set temperature of 68 degrees. In hindsight sprinklers operate as individual heat sensors, meaning water is only released when there is a fire, therefore sprinklers aren’t activated by smoke. If there are two sprinklers in one room and a fire starts only one of these sprinklers will work, releasing 60lts/minute. Sprinkler systems are usually plumbed with a copper pipe of a rigid PVC pipe, fed off the rising main, however sprinkler systems do require a 32mm cold feed into the house as the systems need a good flow. A typical area covered by each sprinkler head is 15m2, so only larger rooms would require more than one outlet.

Will they be Noticeable in my Home?

Sprinklers are about as intrusive as downward lighting, meaning they are very discreet. Fire sprinklers tend to be concealed fittings, meaning all that will be visible will be a series of 10cm white discs.

Are There Any Issues with Sprinklers?

There are many objections to enforcing the uptake of sprinkler systems. Unsurprisingly the main ones relate to the costs involved. A new build house is already an expensive investment in itself and is constantly being loaded down with cost. Existing building regulations already require the use of smoke detectors and other fire protection measures which have proved effective within the number of fatalities and injuries. However, statistics have shown that your chances of surviving a domestic fire are approximately 60% if the property has smoke detectors fitted. This rises to around 95% if the property has a domestic fire sprinkler system installed.

How Much Would a Sprinkler Fitting Cost?

There are many factors affecting the outcome of a fire sprinkler quote; such as the room size, property type and water supply. Rad Sprinklers have a costing guide which is designed to give you enough understanding for calculating the costs of your installation.

Why Choose Us?

Here are RAD Fire Sprinklers we offer a range of services including; fire sprinkler installation, fire sprinkler maintenance, residential fire sprinkler systems, home fire sprinkler systems and building regulations advice. With a highly experienced and professional team, we have been exclusively installing residential fire sprinkler systems longer than virtually any other company in our field. If you’re interested in any of our services, why not give us a call today? One of our team members will be on hand to take your call, contact us here!

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Great team, fitting sprinklers, saving lives & property... What more could you wish for!!!
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Colin P
17:53 01 Jul 17
Excellent company & great service... This company rocks! They sprinkle fires & save lives!!!
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
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Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
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