When it comes to both protecting your household and keeping your family comfortable, one of the most important aspects of your home is its electrical system. Properly caring for this system and knowing when to call for repairs or an electrical panel upgrade (which we’ll talk about below) are essential to a hazard-free home. The good news is, there are some electrical upgrades you can make that are not only quite useful, but can be fun too!
Don’t forget, however, you always need a professional electrician for any work involving your home’s wiring. This is the law, first off—there are certain municipal building codes we have to abide by. Then there is your safety to consider, and the integrity of your property.
With that said and without further ado, here are some upgrades you might want to consider this summer. We’ll start with the fun ones!
When you think of home automation, do you envision the old Jetsons cartoons? If you’re too young to remember this show … refer to your favorite search engine!
The creators of that show weren’t too far off in dreaming up what could be possible for our future, and we’re on our way there already.
Home automation allows for smart home systems, letting you remotely do things in your home like operate the HVAC system, your entertainment systems, and even your lighting. This makes your home more convenient, helps you create a more efficient and less costly home, and can even improve your home security with motion-sensing cameras that allow you to see what’s going on in your home at all times, even if you’re not at home at the time.
More and more homeowners are enjoying the benefit of outdoor lighting. With temperatures as oppressive as they have been in our area so far this summer, it’s nice to escape into our yards once the sun has set and the temperature drops a bit. But without adequate lighting, how much can you really enjoy yourself? Proper lighting attributes to safety, as well as functionality and the visual appeal of your yard.
Remember though, if you’ve never had outdoor lighting, you’ll want to call on the pros for the appropriate wiring that you’ll need, as well as surge protection. Surge protection disallows your larger appliances from sending excess voltage through the electrical system and damaging less powerful appliances and electrical equipment.
Your Electrical Panel!
How old is your home’s electrical panel? If your answer is “I don’t know” or if it’s a number over 20, it’s time to have it inspected. Electrical panels are designed to take on so much voltage before you could be facing a blackout or even small electrical fires. Today’s homes have such increased electrical demands that it’s important to have the right-sized electrical panel in place.
When the power goes out, are you prepared? Do you still have a way to operate your refrigerator, your air conditioner, and any other important appliances or equipment you might need? If the answer is “no” or “I don’t know,” please give us a call so we can discuss your generator options.