It’s become commonplace to have electricity power up anything we want. Often neglected, it’s equally common to miss the electrical system’s operation when everything shuts off. Luckily, an electrician can eliminate these avoidable problems.
A Home’s Age
Today’s construction homes juggle plenty of electricity to keep with electronics, electronic charging, appliances, HVAC units, styling products, and light fixtures. Older homes (starting from the 1980s and working their way back to the 1800s) can’t keep up with today’s power consumption. Overloading devices on the few outlets available is easy to do, and it’s easy to create unintended problems. An electrician can analyze the home through tests and walk-throughs to determine if rewiring is beneficial.
Lack of Power
Since more homes run on electric than gas, the home requires abundant electricity to accommodate for all plugged in items plus extra without a power outage or short-circuiting. Therefore, one outlet per room is not sufficient in handling large demands of electricity. All rooms should have outlets spread out across the room to reduce overload. When selecting an outlet, pick the grounded three-prong outlet. The third prong connects to the ground wire, which keeps the outlet from power surges. Two-prong outlets cannot handle large demands of electricity as it’s easy to blow a fuse using those outlets. An electrician offers house rewiring services so the home can handle twice or three times more electricity than the previous system.
Today’s technology appetite is draining electrical systems dry, and there’s no point in adding new devices if the wiring and electricity malfunctions. The signs of flickering lights, blowing fuses, and tripping breakers will lead to power outages, outlet sparks, and electrical fires. Relying on extension cords and surge protectors to stretch electricity thin is even worse. Therefore, balance both energy-saving and energy-sucking devices with updated wiring.
Like the home’s age, the outlets and wiring age too. Old outlets are problematic, causing unnecessary power surges. Old wiring exists when the outlet feels warm during use, when the power flickers, and when the plugs and switches loosen up. An electrician can tighten up old wiring and update old outlets. An updated electrical system meets city and state building codes in case the home sells in the future.
Electrical problems occur with or without personal involvement. The least an occupant can do is eliminate the avoidable ones. Electricity powers up any device on command, so take precautions now to update the wiring throughout the home.
- Lizzie Weakley, the author of this post, is a freelance writer.
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