From computers and microwaves to HVAC needs or even lighting controls, newer developments in various industries are demanding more electricity from homes. Yet, upgrading an older home's electrical output hasn't always been an easy process bearing good results for many old homeowners. For many, seeking electrical services for older homes is mostly reserved for that moment when trips and faults have actually happened and become a nuisance, and a hazard is actually in sight. It is important to upgrade your electrical wiring of an older home today. As the homeowner, however, you should look out for the following when seeking electrical services upgrades from contractors.
If you are upgrading for the sole purpose of increasing your outlets because of more electrical needs, it is important to go through an electrical inventory with your contractor. Simply saying how many new outlets you need does not cut it. You should explain to your electrical services provider what new devices you intend on using, where they will be and even your anticipated future needs. With this inventory, you and your electrical contractor can easily frame the extents and parameters required for the task.
It is important to provide your electrical services provider with the detailed plans before embarking on electrical upgrades. This not only lessens the amount of restoration and repairs you will have to do after the upgrade but also hastens the work. In many old homes, one of the main problematic aspects of electrical upgrades is punching holes for wiring. The holes might damage existing but usable wiring, plumbing or other features of your "old is gold" house. Even when replacing wiring, it is often not necessary to pull out all the wiring and replace with newer wires; some old wiring can be maintained and will still function properly. So ask your contractor not to punch too many holes or pull too many wires that will need to be restored.
Home runs are important when upgrading an old home's electrical system. Home runs are when wires run from specific outlets to individual breakers. This, for a start, minimizes the load on the main breaker of your home. It also makes it easy to monitor which devices are causing trips so they are quick to correct. For someone in an older home, having constant breaker trips but not knowing what is causing them may lead to several costly, but unnecessary repairs.
Codes and permits
Finally, it is crucial that you and your electrical services provider be familiar with the current electrical codes. An upgrade may be revoked if you do not stick to these codes that are established for safety and efficient use of electricity in your home. Also find out which permits you will need for any upgrade you intend to make.