If you are planning on remodeling your home, it’s the perfect time to also consider upgrading electrical systems. Concealed behind walls and used with the flip of a switch, we take our electrical systems for granted, but these power sources need attention just like any other utility in your home. If you are already planning on opening walls and ceilings as part of your remodel, make sure you discuss with your builder and electrician to incorporate these electrical upgrades as part of your project.
Evaluate the outlets you have available in the space you plan to remodel. Could you use more? Plan your electrical outlet installation based on potential future use as well as what you anticipate needing today. There are a variety of electrical outlet options available today, including outlets that incorporate USB plugs. Think about your electrical use in various rooms in your home. If you’re using multiple extension cords and power strips to meet your power needs, it’s probably time to upgrade your electrical outlets.
Some older homes are still equipped with outdated electrical technology. Bad wiring or old wiring is inefficient and can prove to be a safety hazard in your home. It also has a harder time providing reliable power to your appliances. If you’re already opening up walls and ceilings, this is a convenient time to replace knob and tube or aluminum wiring.
Do the existing outlets need to be updated to meet code requirements? While standard in new construction, if you are remodeling a kitchen or bathroom in an older home, you are probably not using Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (or GFCIs) outlets. GFCIs safeguard against electrical issues by turning the electricity off automatically if your plugged-in item gets wet.
Power needs have changed significantly since many of our older homes were built. Families rely on electricity to power so much of what is used every day, and older homes just weren’t built to accommodate all of that energy. If you’re expanding the number of outlets and major appliances or other electrical equipment (like electric powered HVAC), you should consider upgrading your electrical panel at the same time to increase the capacity of your electrical system.
You’re already upgrading your space for a fresh, new look; don’t overlook smart home automation options that will bring your home into the 21st century. Smart home features allow you to automate when and what is on or off. With it, you can control power throughout your home from the convenience of your smartphone device. Raise and lower blinds, install smart smoke detectors, monitor your home’s security and surveillance systems, adjust your thermostat, and trigger your irrigation system, and more, all through smart home technology.
Smart home technology isn’t just fun to use, it also saves energy. Set up timed lighting and efficient power saving systems as part of your power upgrade, which can save you money in the long run.
While you’re at it, switch to energy-efficient LED lighting in your lamps and light fixtures. LED lighting burns cooler, lasts longer, and uses a fraction of the energy used by traditional light bulbs. LEDs come in a variety of colors, from warm to cool shades.
When you’re ready to move forward with your home renovation project, BCU Electric can do all of this and more for you, including security system installation, home automation, and residential wiring for your new space or new build. Contact BCU Electric to learn more.« Back to Blog
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