As technology becomes so ingrained in society and daily life, older homes may start feeling the strain. After all, each of those new electronic devices that you just had to get is going to put some demand on your home's electrical system. If you've decided to do any kind of remodeling project on your home, make sure that you prioritize the electrical system. After all, older wiring will be insufficient for your electronics, appliances and routine household demand if you don't keep up with it, and it may even leave you facing the risk of fire. Here are some tips to help you spot the problem areas so that you can optimize your spending.
If your kitchen has become a hotbed of appliances including coffee grinders, espresso makers, bread machines and other convenience items, you'll want to make sure that the wiring in the kitchen can keep up. In kitchens where you only have an outlet or two, skip the power strip and alternate the appliances that you use. That way, you're not putting too much strain on the wiring.
When you start your remodel, focus some of your investment into new wiring and additional outlets in the kitchen. By splitting your kitchen up into electrical zones, you can help ease the burden of several appliances running at once, because they can be running on separate electrical circuits.
From home theater systems to television in every room, the power demand of entertainment appliances can reach far beyond what you might expect. After all, if several people are in your home watching television and running DVR boxes all at the same time, you want to be sure that you're not all drawing power from a single breaker.
Instead, consider breaking up your bedroom areas into separate sections, particularly if you have any rooms with a television, home theater system, computer and audio speakers. Add an extra outlet or even surge protectors in rooms with this many electronics. If you add up the investment in all of that equipment, you'll be glad that you protected it.
Ceiling Fans and Lighting
Sometimes, you just want to turn the lights off without losing the benefit of the fan breeze. If your ceiling fans are all wired to a single switch, talk to an electrician about splitting them up so that you can control each operation separately. While you're at it, have some dimmer switches installed throughout the house. This will give you the freedom to control the light while ensuring that each light fixture has new wiring and its own controls.
If your garage has become your dream workshop, don't forget to have your electrician give it a thorough inspection. When you add things like power tools, table saws and compressors, you're going to be drawing a significant amount of power. Make sure that everything is getting a steady power supply without the risk of overloading the circuit by asking your electrician to evaluate the power demand in your garage and upgrade your wiring and circuits accordingly.
Few things can change the way your house looks and feels like the lighting. If you want to make sure that your home is as bright and clear as it can be, talk with an electrician about adding accent lights and task lighting throughout the house. Your electrician will get more information and walk through the space with you to determine how you use each area of the house and will then recommend the most effective lighting for you. While you're working on renovations and wiring upgrades anyway, have some new fixtures installed to brighten things up.
Finally, talk to the electrician about installing a whole-house surge protector. This paired with the additional surge protection for your electronics will help protect the integrity of your wiring and your home over time.