Are you building a new home? Maybe you’re thinking about adding an extra room to your existing home.
Something many homeowners don’t consider is the electrical component in these kinds of projects. Given the types of options out there it can be overwhelming to decide what options best fit your electrical needs. From smart home systems to power surge protection and electrical panel upgrades there are a lot of choices today.
In the US 50,900 fires are attributed to electrical failure or malfunction each year. These fires, in turn, accounted for 490 deaths and 1,440 injuries. These numbers show that electrical issues are a very serious matter and are not something that should be thought of lightly.
Any device hooked up to your home’s electrical circuit can produce the necessary amps to shock you fatally. From 1992 to 2002, electrocution was the 6th leading cause of workplace fatalities.
This danger is why you should call an electrician to ensure your safety and to make sure there is no damage to whatever it is you are working on.
In today’s society electricity is all around us. You are using electricity right now to read this article; our homes use electricity, our cars, phones, computer, electricity is everywhere. Because electricity is so commonplace today, we forget there is real danger involved.
Even though an electrical problem might seem simple on the surface, it could be a very complicated. When you try to fix an electrical issue even a seemingly minor mistake can damage your appliance, start a fire, or electrocute you.
An additional reason as to why you should call an electrician is because depending on what electrical work is being done you will need to get a permit and have inspectors look at the work. Hiring a professional electrician greatly enhances your chances of obtaining the necessary permits.
Electrical problems you’ll want to watch for in your home:
- Faulty wiring can lead to an overload in energy use, which could cause frequent tripping in circuit breakers and blown fuses.
- Overloading outlets often lead to short-circuiting plugs. The best way to avoid this is by using extension cords sparingly when necessary.
- Corroded wires can lead to overheating and fires. This means you must take care of any frayed or loose wiring.
- Frequent electrical shocks can be a major problem if you’re working around wires that aren’t properly grounded. For example, you might get an electric shock when using certain appliances or even get your hair wet in the shower. Grounding these power sources is crucial to avoid this issue in the future.
The bottom line: Always call in professional help when dealing with electricity issues in your home.
Top 8 Electrical Upgrades
1. Smart Home Systems
Smart home systems allow homeowners complete control of their devices while they’re home or away. They add a layer of protection that lets you manipulate your house. Essentially, so people think you are home, even when you’re not. And it’s all from your smartphone.
From switches, outlets, and smoke detectors you can control from your phone, full home automation is no longer a thing of the future, it’s here now.
2. Remote-Controlled Devices
In our busy world, if we can automate a device to save time, we have that ability nowadays. From ceiling fans and window treatments (and even lowering the chandelier from your vaulted ceiling to changing light bulbs or cleaning!), remote-controlled devices are on the rise.
3. Hidden Outlets
No one likes unsightly cords from their devices to the outlet! Hidden outlets behind your televisions, projectors, or museum-lighted art displays can remedy that issue.
4. In-Home Chargers
From electric cars to all your electrical handheld devices, dedicated charging stations can help your electrical system work for you.
5. Whole House Surge Protection
All it takes is one powerful electrical surge or lightning strike to severely damage your home’s electrical system and any connected devices, even if you’re using power strips or an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). A whole house surge protection system provides extra protection for your electrical system.
6. Electrical Panel Upgrade
If you’re adding a new room or upgrading your electrical system, an electrical panel upgrade may be necessary. This will ensure that your electrical system is up to code and can handle the new load.
THE MAIN ELECTRICAL PANEL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF ANY HOME’S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, AS IT SERVES AS THE HEART OF THE ENTIRE SYSTEM.
At Streb Electric, we specialize in repairing and replacing electrical panels to help improve the safety and efficiency of homes.
7. LED Lighting
LED lighting is a great way to save money on your energy bills. It also produces less heat than traditional lighting and can help reduce cooling costs in the summer.
8. Electrical Wiring
Old or faulty wiring can be a fire hazard. If you’re renovating or adding a new room, make sure to have your electrical wiring inspected and updated as needed.
Now that you have some ideas, what’s next?
Call Streb Electric to Make It Happen!
Whether we’re partnered directly with you or your chosen contractor, we always put you, the customer, first by:
• Providing quick quotes for service
• Showing up when scheduled
• Working effectively and efficiently
• Being courteous of your home and belongings
• Cleaning up when we’re done
With our ironclad warranty on all our work, we promise 100% satisfaction. For over 40 years, Streb Electric has been serving the needs of Lake County, Geauga County, and Western and Eastern Cuyahoga County.
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