A lot of homeowners have been busy with renovations and making upgrades in their homes. With more people spending more time in their spaces, they want to make sure they continue to be comfortable and inspired by their home environment. Before finalizing your renovation or upgrade plans however, you need to consider any electrical upgrades that you will need to make beforehand.
Some questions you should be asking before you start are: Do you need more outlets in your rooms? Do you want to install smart home systems? Do you want to upgrade light switches? Will you need to upgrade your electrical panel to handle more capacity?
It is very common for homeowners to not consider their electrical before completing upgrades to their homes. Be sure to consider your electrical system needs and make sure you make room in your budget for them.
The need for additional GFCIs
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are most commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens to ensure an immediate stop to the electrical supply if an item comes in contact with moisture or water. If you are renovating an older home however you may not currently have them. It is an essential electrical consideration for the safety of your home and family.
Smart Home Systems
Incorporating new technologies into your home can help make your home life a little easier for you. Electrical systems need to be considered to ensure Smart Home products are properly installed for functionality and safety. Here is a list of some popular smart home systems you might want to install as part of your renovations: Remote control thermostat or heating/cooling systems, remote security and video systems, remote control lighting, remote control blinds and drapery, smart smoke and fire alarm systems, smart hubs, etc.
If you are increasing the electrical capacity for new appliances as part of your upgrades, you’ll need to ensure your existing panel has space to add new circuits. You’ll need to consider the energy capacity and whether or not your electrical systems can handle it for any room that you are renovating or making upgrades to.
If you’re in the Ottawa, ON National Capital Region and considering any type of upgrade or renovation to your home, give us a call to discuss your projects and any potential electrical needs. We have licensed electricians that can help ensure the safety of your home and family.