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Upgrading Your Home’s Electrical System

UpgradeDo you feel like you need a refresh button on your home? Whether you’re living in an older house or simply want to improve the home you’ve got be sure to consider upgrading your electrical system. Upgrading your electrical system will allow you to have a modern fresh look while also saving money and making your home run efficiently. We’ve put together three things to consider when upgrading.

The Electrical Panel

The electrical panel of a home is the metal box that acts as the heart of the electrical system. Electricity flows in and out of circuits inside the box making sure the correct amount of electricity is distributed to the correct place. When the house is using more electricity than the circuits can hold, the main circuit breaker will flip off to prevent fire and damage to the house.

shutterstock_1660306Modern homes or homes upwards of 2,000 square feet usually run on a 200-
amp breaker while many older homes have a 100-amp breaker. It is important to make sure that you have enough amps so that your circuit breakers don’t constantly switch off resulting in overuse and possible damage. If this were the case, you would want to consider an electrical panel upgrade by either replacing an old electrical panel with a new one or adding a sub-panel to better hold your electrical flow.

Older homes may not run on a circuit breaker system but rather on a fuse system instead. In this case, you may want to consider replacing this for a breaker circuit system. Upgrading, replacing or adding an electrical panel is a job you’d want to consult a professional on.

Kitchen Lighting

Most new homes have recessed lighting. This style of lighting is where the light bulbs are housed in a fixed canister embedded into the ceiling of the room. With recessed lighting, you get a clean look because there is no external hardware hanging about. You can also design where you want the bulbs placed providing for customized lighting in your home.

Additionally, with recessed lighting you can install light switches that dictate the brightness of the lights. If you want full light to see a project you’re working on, you can turn the switch to maximum brightness. But if you want to dim them for a nice dinner you can turn them down low. However, there are some disadvantages and you can read them here.

Light Bulbs

Updated homes have replaced incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs. While incandescent light bulbs are cheaper to purchase off the shelf, the cost of energy and quicker burn out end up costing more over time than the energy efficient light bulbs that are a little more expensive off the shelf. To learn about the different kind of light bulbs read more here.

Whether it’s replacing light bulbs or doing an electrical panel upgrade it always feels good to refresh. It’ll feel even better when you see the money you save on your electric bill and have the peace of mind that you’re home is in proper condition. For some of the bigger upgrades, we can provide all the services you need. Let us know how we can help!