If your home is more than a couple of decades old, your electrical system may be straining under the load of modern appliances and electronics. This can lead to annoying trips to the breaker box, interference with both wireless and wired signals, and even serious safety hazards.
Here are some things to consider.
While most new appliances are Energy Star rated and more efficient than earlier models, that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t draw more current. This is especially true with electric ranges and double ovens but can also be a concern with additions like new air conditioning, larger electric water heaters, and even new overhead microwaves.
Each of these appliances needs to be on its own dedicated circuit, often with voltages and amperage higher than your existing system can provide.
Avoid the temptation to add higher capacity breakers or outlets since that doesn’t account for the capacity of the wiring that will carry the load. That can lead to overheating and devastating fires inside walls. Consult a licensed electrician before you add large appliances to be sure your system will handle the load and conform to electrical codes.
Renovation and Remodeling
Many homeowners are choosing to upgrade their homes rather than moving to new housing. A convenient, comfortable neighborhood, mature landscaping, and precious memories are all good reasons to stay put and bring your home up to date.
But many older homes simply do not have the electrical service demanded by modern life. There may be too few outlets, leading to dangerous overuse of adapters and extension cords. Along with the demands of more appliances noted above, an older home may simply not have enough electrical service to handle the load of extra devices and living space.
Be sure to consult a licensed electrical contractor during your planning phase to avoid costly oversights and mistakes that could put your home and family in jeopardy.
Lighting—Indoors and Out
Lighting options are undergoing a major transformation. LED lights offer better quality light, use much less energy, and seemingly last forever. Smart switches and bulbs let you control your lighting with the touch of a keypad, giving you options that weren’t even imaginable a few years ago. But lighting plays a huge role in your comfort and safety, so choosing an electrical contractor at the earliest stages of planning will save money and headaches (sometimes literally) down the road.
Don’t overlook your outdoor lighting and electrical outlets, either. It can add hours of convenient, safe enjoyment year-round when properly planned and installed.
Bringing in licensed, professional contractors during the planning stage of upgrades and renovations lets you take advantage of their knowledge and experience.
The pros at Allstar Electrical Services are just a phone call away. We work hand-in-hand with contractors to ensure your new project is done right, on budget and on schedule. Call us at 303.399.7420 or visit our website. Then use our handy on-line forms to request an estimate or set up an appointment. We’ve been serving homeowners and businesses along Colorado’s Front Range since 2000 and are top-rated by the BBB.