A great time to have your electrical system inspected is during a home renovation. You’re likely installing new fixtures for the renovation, and a renovation often provides easier access to wiring. While you’re renovating, consider that there are plenty of ways to improve your home’s electrical system to suit modern-day requirements.
Raj Electrical Services in Edmonton offers general contracting and electrical services. They share four ways to improve your home’s electrical system during a renovation:
Install more outlets
If you’re using extension cords as a long-term solution, you should install more electrical outlets. Extension cords are meant for temporary use. Using them as permanent wiring creates fire and tripping hazards. Instead, have an electrician like Raj Electrical Services install additional outlets in that room. They can make recommendations for outlet placement, upgrade the circuit if necessary, and even install USB outlets for a device charging station.
Upgrading your panel
If you’re installing things in your home that require a more significant electrical pull, you’ll need to upgrade your panel. For example, things like hot tubs, new appliances, and electric vehicle charging stations can require upgrading to a 200 AMP service. In addition, if you are limited on existing space to add circuits for improvements, then a service change is needed.
If you live in an older home, it’s worth having your electrical system and panel inspected. Older panels often don’t have enough capacity to accommodate modern electrical consumption. Raj Electrical Services can check your panel and service, ensure everything is in safe and working order, and make recommendations for an upgrade to better meet your needs. Read more about how electrical service panels have changed over the years.
Make things safer with GFCI outlets
Outlets located near a water source, like a sink or outdoor tap, should be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters will instantly stop power in the event of a ground fault. For example, if you have a hairdryer plugged into a GFCI outlet and you accidentally drop it in the sink, the outlet will detect an interruption in the current and cut power. They are crucial for reducing electrocution and injury. While these are standard in newer homes, older homes might not have them. Upgrading to these outlets is a simple way to improve safety in your home.
Improving the existing wiring
Depending on the age of your home, you might need to improve your existing wiring. Older homes had different electrical standards than we do now and might not withstand typical use. A home renovation is a perfect time to deal with this issue and ensure that your home has reliable power. Faulty wiring can be a significant safety issue, so make sure to deal with it sooner than later.
Electricians in Edmonton
Raj Electrical Services offers a full range of general contracting, electrical installation, inspection, repair and maintenance services. Whether you need an electrician for home improvement, electrical upgrades, or repairs, you can trust their experienced and knowledgeable team.
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