Does your home need an electrical system upgrade? You might not be aware,
but what’s inside your walls may actually be placing your most valuable
investment at risk. An aging electrical system can be the source for a
number of headaches when it malfunctions, but it can also even increase
the risk of a devastating house fire should something go wrong and the
proper precautions not be taken. Here are three reasons why you should
consider upgrading your electrical system as well as some things you can
do to improve your overall electrical safety and functionality.
Constantly Tripping Breakers
Older systems were not designed to handle the electrical loads we place
on homes these days. That means you may be feeling the pain and frustration
of a constantly-tripping circuit breaker. If you find that you can’t
run a combination of appliances in your kitchen at the same time, such
as the oven, microwave, and a handheld mixer, odds are your electrical
system is outdated and needs some work. Upgrading the wiring in your walls
will dramatically improve your home’s safety and longevity, but
replacing your electrical panel while you’re at it can really increase
your home’s ability to handle a much heavier electrical load.
If you’re remodeling, now’s the perfect time to install the
upgrades you’ve been needing to place into your home. Need to add
a new outlet for a light or in that perfect spot for your room to look
right? Now’s the time to do it. Remodeling also lets you install
new lights, add surge protection, or even add wiring for a new hot-tub
in the backyard. Even if you don’t want to add anything new, replacing
what’s old is perhaps even more important. If you have exposed electrical
wire, outdated outlets, or are experiencing regular brown-outs, doing
some major remodeling work is a perfect time to make your home is ready
to handle the many years ahead.
Your Home’s Age
So you’re considering doing some serious work on your home, and that
gives you an opportunity to make some changes to your electrical system.
Are they really necessary? The easiest way to find out is to ask how old
your home is. If your home has entirely original electrical work and is
more than 20 years old, odds are you’re probably missing out on
some excellent energy-efficiency technology. However, you also probably
have some features that have since been noted as dangerous and are now
against building codes. If your home is fairly new, however, such as 10
years old or less, odds are you probably don’t need much in the
way of upgrades. That being said, if you want to add something such as
a USB-port wall socket, now’s a great opportunity to make that swap.
No matter what type of electrical work you need done: from the most minor
to a serious overhaul, the Marietta electricians at Lightning Bug Electric
can help! Call us today at (404) 471-3847 to
request a estimate or make an appointment for your electrical service needs.