When building a new home, most people get so much engrossed in the design aspects that they forget about an important element – the electrical requirements. Getting the electrics wrong can have different consequences. It can mean some inconvenience or some serious safety risks. Doing it wrong can also mean re-doing the wiring and layout, thus increasing the cost.
So when it comes to a new construction project, make sure to address the following points during the planning and designing phase.
Plan the Location of Outlets
It is recommended to start the design planning by determining the location of the electrical outlets. The layout should be based on where you intend to place your electrical appliances. This will require you to get the help of an experienced master electrician. Follow these tips when planning the outlets:
- Professionals recommend placing an electrical outlet every 4 feet in a kitchen and every 10 feet elsewhere in your home.
- Make sure to consider the positions of furniture in the layout. Avoid sockets behind the furniture, which can otherwise make them inaccessible.
- Add a few more outlets than you will actually need. When you buy new appliances in the future, this can help you use them without any limitations.
Consider the Wiring System
You should also consider the wiring requirements for your home. The wiring system should have a size that matches the needs of everyone living in your home. Usually, 100 Amp to 200 Amp is considered the adequate amperage for an average sized home.
You should also consider the right wiring system for your home. The different systems include the following:
- Surface conduit
- Lead sheathed
- Concealed conduit
Concealed conduit wiring is widely popular because it allows you to hide the conduits behind the plastering and walls. It is best to get the help of your electrician in deciding which wiring system is perfect for your specific requirements.
The next thing is to consider the position of the light switches. Consider the following tips to get the best results in terms of convenience and practicality:
- It is recommended to check your home’s blueprints and determine the locations where you expect the light switches to be.
- An average sized room may need only a single light switch, but if you have long hallways, make sure there are more than one switches for the same light fixture.
- Light switches shouldn't be added to places where you plan to place art.
Modern lighting switches are much more sophisticated and creative than ever before. You can even find switches with buttons having piratical images of the functions they are meant for. Choose LED-based control panels that offer many functional and visual options.
It is also recommended to add automatic lighting to your home. It can make things convenient and safe when you need to enter a dark room. This can especially be beneficial for the elderly and kids in your family.
Address Energy Efficiency Concerns
Energy efficiency is an important concern considering the ever-increasing energy costs. Besides, it is also an important element in reducing your home’s impact on the environment. You can install a control system in your home that functions to moderate the energy costs. You can remotely control such systems, allowing you to save money while addressing safety requirements.
Such control systems can be in the form of plug-in devices. They can control the amount of electricity used by your appliances. Advanced systems can integrate into your home’s overall energy use based on the power requirements at different points of the day. Some systems can also integrate solar power into your home’s power system, requiring you to install panels on the roof.
There are many more important electrical factors to be considered when building your home. Some of these points include the following:
- The locations of the control panels
- Need for additional power
- Mixing the lighting solutions
- In-wall vacuum systems
- Lighting fixture placement
And your need for air-conditioning and fans. A lot of these factors will vary based on the seasonal weather conditions in your region. Get the help of a master electrician to ensure that all the important factors are addressed when creating your home’s electrical plan.