You’ve decided that its time for a remodel. You’ve found new flooring, paint colors, and furniture, but have you considered a renovation of your home’s electrical system? With the addition of new infrastructure and appliances, your electrical system may need upgrades. Check out these electrical renovation tips to remember while in the remodel process!
If you want your current or new appliances to function properly, they need the right amount of power. But the wiring in older homes could be faulty and prevent the appliances from running as they should.
When you upgrade the wiring, you’ll want a system of 100 amps or higher. These wires allow higher levels of electrical current to flow through your home. Additionally, modern technology runs on higher amounts of electricity, so these wires can accommodate your home’s energy use.
Your home’s wiring, however, resides behind your walls, so you’ll need an electrician’s assistance to upgrade this electrical component. Consult with different technicians to see which one offers the right kind of wiring for your home’s electrical requirements.
2. Main Breaker
In conjunction with your home’s wiring, you’ll want to upgrade the main breaker and electrical panels. After all, your new wiring won’t serve you as well if the main breaker and interior electrical panels malfunction.
Many older homes have breakers that provide 60-amp service. Instead of just repairing or adding a small component to your existing panel, replace it completely. Consider breakers that can withstand 200 amps or higher. With this specific upgrade, you won’t have to worry as much about easily tripping a fuse or losing power in your home.
3. Outlets and Light Switches
You want the details of each room to complement each other. As you upgrade your home’s electrical system, make sure to replace the outlets and light switches in each room. Even one malfunctioning or broken outlet can put your family at risk for injury, so switch out all outlets in your home if possible.
Choose outlet covers that reflect your personal tastes. Many people don’t mind the traditional white covers. But if your preferences dictate something more unique, select a different style of cover. You can choose covers that look like faux wrought iron, stone, or carvings. Decorative outlets come in different shapes and designs to match any style preference.
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that at least one outlet in each room comes equipped with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt breaker (GFCI). The GFCI is a small button that rests in the middle of the two sockets on an outlet. This addition further protects you, your family, and your home from harm should an electrical hazard occur.
4. Interior Lights
A home renovation is the perfect reason to change your home’s interior lighting. Depending on your taste, choose one or more of the following options:
- Ambiance lighting
- Ceiling fans
- Ceiling lights
- Recessed lighting
- Wall lights
Not sure which types of lighting best work for your home? Talk to an interior designer. These professionals can recommend the perfect lighting fixtures to match your home’s overall design and aesthetic.
5. Exterior Components
When you renovate your home’s electrical system, you may only consider the interior. But your home’s exterior components matter just as much.
Replace your old doorbell with one that fits your home’s exterior aesthetic. If you don’t have a doorbell, install one. Doorbell covers also come in a variety of shapes, designs, colors, and materials, so you’ll easily fine one that complements your home’s look.
You can also replace or add a porch light to give you and your family members better visibility at night. If you’d like, you can even install motion detecting flood lights around the porch to increase your home’s security.
6. Garbage Disposal
Your kitchen’s garbage disposal is attached to your home’s plumbing system, but it’s also hooked up to the electrical system. If you decide to upgrade this appliance, be sure to consult with both a plumber and an electrician to ensure it works properly after the renovation.
As you renovate your home, remember to upgrade the items listed above. Not only will you bring your home’s entire electrical system up to code, but you’ll also add a chic, stylistic look to each room.
Before you make these upgrades, you should always consult with a licensed electrician. These professionals have the knowledge and expertise necessary to safely and effectively upgrade your home’s electrical components. They can also advise you about which items best suit your preferences and budget.
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