If you’re thinking about doing a home renovation, you should also consider upgrading your home’s electrical components, as well. If you are adding a bedroom, a bathroom, or upgrading a kitchen, you are probably going to need some new outlets and perhaps lighting fixtures. You may want to add some ceiling fans as part of the project. There may be some special needs, as well, like adding the right electrical power for an appliance such as an electric clothes dryer.
● Home Upgrades
If the home is older and still uses electrical fuses, this is a great time to also change from fuses to breakers. No one likes looking for the right sized fuse as a replacement when one blows out due to a power surge or system overload. It is much more convenient to simply switch a circuit breaker back on.
● The Electrical System Balance
Having a balanced electrical system is the key to keeping the circuits from blowing due to overload. It’s inconvenient to not have enough electrical outlets where they are needed. Also, safety is a big issue because one of the most dangerous fire hazards may come from trying to plug too many things into one outlet. One renegade spark can cause the whole house to go up in flames.
● Replacing Old Light Fixtures, Outlets, and Switches
When doing a major renovation, it should be part of your plan to have an electrical contractor take a look at the entire home and to replace old light fixtures, outlets, and switches that are in poor condition. In fact, it’s easier to do this work all at once in order to have the best result. Also, your electrician should check for proper grounding of the home to prevent the occupants from getting an electrical shock by accident.
Your electrician can install surge protectors where they are necessary. This protection keeps delicate and expensive electronic equipment from being harmed by electrical energy spikes that can come from power failure or lightning strikes
● Smart Home Upgrades
Another excellent idea is to install smart home technology. This type of system can be a simple one. An example is one that operates exterior safety lighting on a regular schedule and in response to darkness. It can also be very sophisticated. Your smart home system can help manage the energy efficiency of the entire home. This may help you save significant money on the monthly utility bills. Talk over the possibilities with your electrician to learn more about the innovative technology that is now available.
For all your electrical needs, you can count on Harrison Electric Inc. serving Minneapolis, Plymouth, and the surrounding area in Minnesota. Contact us to receive a free quote for your renovation project and any other electrical system needs you may have.
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