Seems like every month there’s a new gadget on the market, promising to make our lives easier. But what the ads don’t say is that you’ll need more electrical power to keep them all charged. Over time you may find yourself relying more and more on extension cords and power strips, making things a bit complicated, rather than easy.
If you’re considering upgrading your electrical system, here are a few things you could do.
A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is required in areas around the home that are exposed to water, like the kitchen and bathroom countertops. Unfinished basements may also be equipped with GFCIs to protect loved ones from electrocution.
Older homes may not be compliant with NEC requirements and will need GFCIs installed to bring it up to code. Reach out to Tucker Hill for professional GFCI installation.
- Upgraded electrical panel
Homes built more than 30 to 40 years ago were designed to provide a 30 to 50 amp service. But the modern HVAC system needs up to 200 amps to function. An outdated electrical system can cause flickering lights and tripped breakers, which are not only a nuisance but a safety hazard, as well. If you’ve noticed strange noises, burning smells, or dimming lights, you’ll need to upgrade the electrical panel.
- Structured wiring
Smart home technology has allowed homeowners to connect their devices, Internet service, landline, home security system, and appliances to a fully-integrated smart home ecosystem. Even though many devices connect wirelessly through Bluetooth or WiFi, others will need to be hard-wired. Structured wiring can be contained in enclosures for easy access.
- Structured media enclosures
A structured media enclosure allows all devices in a home to interface with one another through an in-wall hub. It’s a highly modern upgrade that can take convenience to the next level.
- Upgraded wiring
Buyers are looking for homes that will meet their modern living needs. But outdated wiring can make it hard to sell a home. If you’re considering updating the home’s electrical wiring, call Tucker Hill for a consultation.