Everything in your house and commercial unit, with a reduced capacity compared to the outdoors, tends to entropy and disorder. Your tiles, walls, window frames, furniture, appliances, and electrical amenities will undergo some form of deterioration despite not being exposed to the outdoor elements. It may be a slow deterioration, but it is unavoidable.
Nevertheless, this isn’t something to worry about if you continue to maintain your spaces on a regular basis. Your objective is to delay the rate of deterioration and spoilage on all these objects with calculated and scientific precision. House cleaners, repairmen, electrical engineers, and other professionals, who perform necessary services with a high level of competence, are who you will turn to, to expand the functional lifespans of your property.
Why Electrical Switches Tend to be Neglected:
Electrical switches are at the unavoidable junction between living spaces and hazardous live wires. To prevent human accidents, these amenities are built with countermeasures like shutters and arc shield enclosures, which hold back the electric current away from human contact. But, despite all these measures, people still are instinctively wary of switches and the possibility of electrical shocks.
So, they tend to not wipe them down. Using water as a cleaning aid is obviously taboo when cleaning switches, but even a simple rub down with a microfiber cloth is rarely attempted due to the underlying fear of severe injury or death by electrical shock. In this manner, electrical switches are left untended and uncleaned for months on end, accumulating microbes.
What Microbes Can Do When Left Untended on Switches:
Microbes are generally harmful if left to breed in hot spots in a house—like your switches. Firstly, microbes can cause deterioration, ugliness, and blotches on the switch and socket. This isn’t an ideal situation for the lifespan of your electrical amenities. More dangerously so, they spread on the inhabitants’ hands, cross-contaminating and causing disease.
In other words, switches are dangerous hubs through which people are liable to spread dangerous microbes. Given that switches are frequently in contact with people’s hands and given their proclivity to stay uncleaned and teeming with microbes, it is preferential that switches have an antimicrobial mechanism built into their design.
What are Antimicrobial Switches?
Antimicrobial switches are designed with plastic that is treated with silver ions. These silver ions are disruptive to microbial activity, killing or repelling those life forms, mitigating their ability to reproduce and reducing their transmission rates. These silver ions last for a long time on the switches, thereby removing the need to continuously clean them over the months. Thus, they not only act as a protective layer to your switches but save the time spent on maintenance.
Why Antimicrobial Switches are Catching on Today:
Given the pandemic and its repercussions, people all over the nation are extra-sensitive to their own health and hygiene, especially indoors. These switches will function as one more line of defence to ensure that everyone is given the mental comfort of living in a safe space.
What’s more, these electrical switches come in various sizes, orientations, colours, and designs, including within customized ranges of modular switches. They reduce bacterial activity by as much as 99% compared to regular switches. They come in the same all-purpose material—flame retardant, discoloration-proof, and capable of being used in public buildings such as hospitals, schools, and laboratories.
In short, they are fast becoming the standard for end-users from all walks of life. So, it is paramount for any real estate developer, builder, or architect to purchase these for their projects, serving the health of the community in the long run. Why wouldn’t you want to perpetuate a system of social responsibility?
To know more about antimicrobial switches, contact Precision Electricals, a well-established electrical switches manufacturer as we have the expertise to give you the best choices to fit your interior aesthetic without compromising on safety. We will ensure that your switches and other switchgear have the longest possible functional lifespan in your homes, shops, and public buildings.