When Old Wiring Is Not Enough: Tips To Modernize Your Electrical System

Today, the numerous electronics in homes cause problems with older homes that do not have enough electrical wiring. Not having enough outlets for appliances and electronics can also cause a hazard when cords and gang-plugs are used. To upgrade your home if it has outdated wiring, you will need more than just a few extra outlets. Here are a few tips for adding wiring when modern lives have outgrown old electrical systems:

1. Replacing Breaker or Fuse Boxes to Give Your Home More Electrical Service

The first thing that needs to be checked when you are updating your electrical wiring for more service is the breaker box. If you have a breaker or fuse box that is too small, it can be difficult to add more outlets and circuits to the electrical system of your home. When you update your breaker box, have one installed that also provides enough service to allow for future home improvements and expansion electrical wiring.

2. More Wall Outlets to Bring Your Home Up to Modern Building Standards

The main problem in an older home with outdated electrical wiring is there are not enough outlets. Today, modern electrical standards require a certain number of outlets to be available per amount of wall space. Have the electrician bring your home up to date by installing the correct number of outlets to meet modern building standards. In addition, you may want to have outlets installed in areas for specific needs, such as the location of a desktop computer, home entertainment center or other areas that need more outlets to connect electrical devices.

3. Upgrade to Modern Electrical Standards with GFI Outlets Where They Are Needed

Today, grounded outlets help protect people from the hazards of electrical shock. In older homes, the electrical system may have been installed before these grounded features became standards for building homes. When you have, your home upgraded, make sure that grounded outlets are installed, as well as GFCI outlets in areas where moisture is present and can cause shock. The GFCI outlet is basically an outlet with a breaker built into it to prevent electrical shock when electricity meets water.  These outlets should be installed outdoors, and in the kitchens and bathrooms of your home. 

These are some tips for electrical upgrades when your electrical needs have outgrown your home's electrical system. Contact an electrical contractor and have them evaluate your home for upgrades to bring electrical wiring and commerical LED lighting up to date.