An Electrician’s Guide To Home Renovations

07 Dec

Renovations are a common New Year’s Resolution for many homeowners. They are a great way to add value to your property and also maximize your enjoyment of the space, but renovations can certainly be an undertaking.

For the diehard DIYer, renovating might mean months of gruelling work in not-so-safe conditions. And while we applaud the money-saving instincts of homeowners who want to install their own cabinets or remodel their own flooring – jobs that require only an instructional video, some patience and elbow grease – when it comes to your electrical systems, you need to call in the professionals.

There are just too many complex and hazardous factors at play in your house’s electrical systems, and it’s not worth messing things up. You could wind up with wiring that doesn’t work properly, or, worse yet, wiring that puts your home at a greater risk for house fires.

In this article, we’ll discuss why you might consider renovating your home, as well as when to call an electrician. The list we provide of scenarios that call for a professional electrician is by no means complete, and we here at Attaboy want to stress that there’s no job too small for our services – you can call us for help anytime and we’ll be there in a flash.

So, let’s kick off the New Year right by talking about how you can improve your home, electrical systems and all.

Why Renovate Your Home?

We spend much of our lives indoors, in the comfort of our homes and surrounded by loved ones. So what better reason is there to renovate than to improve the comfort and enjoyment of our surroundings? Especially in these brisk Colorado winters, when staying indoors is practically a necessity, you want to know that your home is comfortable and that your appliances are functional and efficient.

Another reason might be to increase the value of your home and/or save money. Sure, you might not view your home as an investment property, but it can’t hurt to maintain it, and it definitely can’t hurt to modernize it. Making your home more efficient and eco-friendly not only increases its value, but it also saves you money on energy bills.

When to Call a Quality Electrician

Not all renovation projects demand an electrician, but certainly anything to do with wiring or your electrical systems warrants a call. To save you some time, here are a few common examples of when it’s worthwhile calling us in:

Rewiring

This is a big one and definitely demands professional attention. If your home is older, or if you’re experiencing electrical issues, you might want to rewire your home, and there’s really no better time to do that than in the midst of a renovation. During renovations, especially ones involving wall teardowns, there is much better access, and therefore the job goes by a little quicker and easier.

Ceiling Fan Installation

Not only do ceiling fans keep us cool in the summer but – here’s a pro tip for you – if you reverse your fan’s direction in the winter, it can circulate warm air back down from the ceiling, saving you energy. Ceiling fans are a common renovation installation, but the wiring that underpins them is complex, often varying widely from house to house. It’s best to call a locally owned and operated electric company to get the job done right.

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Outlet Additions

Adding appliances, home theatres and new lighting might require you to also install additional outlets. Luckily, this is an inexpensive job. There are different types of outlets – standard, heavy duty and grounding outlets, among others – and knowing which to choose, as well as how to install them properly, is something best left to the pros.

New Lighting

Undoubtedly one of the most popular renovation additions is new lighting. Energy efficient lighting, recessed lighting, security lighting, outdoor lighting – you name it, we’ve done it. If you live around the Lakewood Denver Metro area and are tired of being lit by the same old, boring lights, call up our electrician services in Littleton and we’ll upgrade them for you! We can literally brighten up your day!

Electric Panel Upgrades

When renovating to add new, modern and more powerful appliances, you have to reassess your power needs. In all likelihood, your home will require additional power, which means you’ll need to expand your breaker box and electrical panel. If you’re considering adding new HVAC systems, new lighting, a hot tub or any other big appliance, give us a ring.

Home Theater Installation

The pride and joy of many homeowners is their entertainment system. Whether in the living room or man cave, installing a new home theatre might require hard wiring or an even distribution of the power load, in which case an electrician is necessary. The last thing you want is to be midway through a gripping movie, or mid-level in a difficult video game, and have your power go out. Trust us: it’s beyond frustrating!

Energy Saving Appliances

Finally, energy efficiency is on a lot of people’s minds these days. Preserving energy, therefore, is a common theme is contemporary home renovations. Whether it’s energy efficient dishwashers, washing machines, lights, etc., homeowners are looking to lower their bills and do their part to reduce emissions. For any new energy efficient installations, call a professional electrician to do the job correctly.

January is a great time to think about self-improvement – everyone’s hitting the gym, watching their diet and making positive improvements. Why not extend your New Year’s Resolutions to your home? Renovations can make your home more enjoyable, valuable and energy efficient.

But, whereas there are certain jobs you can undertake alone, you shouldn’t do your own electrical work. It can be dangerous, and, if done improperly, it can wind up costing you more money in the long run. It’s best to get it done right the first time. Call Attaboy Electric Services in Littleton to lend a helping hand in your renovations.

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