When you undergo a home remodel, it’s an opportunity to create your dream residence.
Of course you want the perfect color palette, contemporary fixtures, and luxurious appliances to make your house beautiful and comfortable. People tend to forget about the electrical aspect of home renovation because it’s largely hidden from view. But there’s a lot going on behind those walls, so if you’re planning a major makeover, it’s wise to meet with a licensed electrical contractor to get his or her guidance and ensure that your electrical system is in top-notch shape. In this article, we’ll examine some of the most common electrical issues that can arise during the renovation process.
Can your electric panel meet increased demands?
Homes built more than 30 years ago were wired to handle far fewer electrical appliances than we typically use today. Just think about the large number of appliances and electronics we’ve grown accustomed to using on a daily basis. From microwaves to gaming consoles, today’s American households use far more devices and require beefed up electrical panels to handle them. If you’re adding space to your home, that also means more circuitry for lighting fixtures, appliances and outlets. A service panel with too many circuits is dangerous, so you may need to retrofit your existing panel or install a new in order to balance the load.
Is your wiring up to code?
During a renovation or remodel, the electrical wires only need to be replaced if they’re bad or outdated. This will depend greatly upon the age of your house. Even with newer homes, however, you’re likely to find a few wires that will need to be replaced. An up-to-code electrical wiring system ensures that your home is both functional and safe.
Are you missing GFCIs?
GFCIs, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, are designed to immediately turn the electricity off if the plugged-in item comes in contact with water or other types of moisture. These safety devices are now required in bathrooms and kitchens, but if you own a vintage home they may not have been installed. Your electrician can easily switch a standard outlet for a GFCI during your remodel. It’s essential for your family’s safety, and may even be required for the renovation, depending on your local building code.
Are your outlets sufficient?
If your family has grown, your requirements for electrical power likely have, too. If you find yourself using multiple power strips and extension cords for your everyday tasks, it’s time to get an electrical outlet upgrade. A home renovation is the perfect time to install additional outlets in your new space, as well as in other locations where they may be needed in your home. Outdoor areas, the home office, and kitchen for example, can typically use more conveniently-located outlets.
Is your lighting adequate?
Lighting is a crucial element for decorating any living area. Am effective lighting plan considers the way light is layered, as well as the application for which it’s intended. Today, there’s an endless selection of fixtures and bulbs from which to choose that can shed the light you need and help you save energy, too. From switches, to timers, to chandeliers and beyond, your electrician can help you make the most of lighting installation and planning.
M.R. Electricians provides residents in and around Montgomery County and Washington, DC with a full spectrum of wiring and electrical planning services for home additions and renovations. No matter how large or small your remodeling project may be, you can rely on our qualified electricians for efficient service and quality solutions. Contact M.R. Electricians today and transform your dream home into a reality.
About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.