Important Electrical Considerations for a Home Renovation Project

You may be planning to add a room to your house. It may be a home office or an outdoor kitchen. These can be big renovations and you have to be careful with the planning, ensuring that the electrical factors are also taken into account. You should work with a licensed electrician who has experience with a project like yours. Proper planning can save you money and ensure that the project runs seamlessly.

Electrical Capacity
When renovating your home, it is important to determine the current electrical capacity of the building. Many old homes do not have the wiring to handle the latest appliances and technologies. You should get the help of an electrician to calculate the existing capacity. They can help in

  • Upgrading the service
  • Installing new panel
  • Running new wires
  • Installing grounding
  • Installing new outlets

Wiring Concerns
All home renovations are going to involve some kind of additions or changes to the wiring. The different wiring concerns are as follows:

  • Wiring Size: If the wiring size doesn’t match the new electrical requirements in the building, it increases the risk of fires. An increase in the number of outlets for a circuit can mean excess current for the circuit. If adding more amps, it is important that you install new circuits into the panel.
  • Securing Wiring: Make sure that the wiring is properly secured. If the staples are not properly attached, the wires can get damaged. It is recommended to run the wiring through cable trays.
  • Improper Wire Connections & Lengths: The length of wiring that can be stripped is regulated by electrical codes. The wires shouldn’t be stripped too much or too short. It can increase the risk of fires or voltage drops.
  • Unprotected Wires: It is recommended to have a safety inspection to ensure that there is no unprotected wiring. All electrical wires should be covered to prevent exposure to the elements, humans or pets.

Electrical Power Upgrade
When you add more space to your home, this means the power demand will increase. The existing panel may not be able to handle the increased power demand due to more appliances and circuits. It may require an electric service upgrade.

GFCIs
It is also recommended to install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). These devices will make your home a safer place. They instantly cut off power if a plugged-in appliance comes in contact with moisture. It is recommended to add these units to kitchens, bathrooms, or any other areas where there is a risk of water contact.

More Outlets
A home renovation project is also a time for adding more outlets. Some of the different areas where the new outlets can be installed include:

  • A kids’ room that requires video games and TV
  • A home office that requires computers and peripherals
  • A kitchen where new appliances are required
  • Outdoor space

Your electrician can help plan where and how many additional outlets are required. Besides, they can also factor this into calculating the overall load demand.

Thousands of fires break out annually due to problems with electrical installations. This makes it important for your family’s safety that you consider all the electrical factors during a home renovation project. Any renovation should address both the aesthetic and functional aspects. And the functional aspect specifically involves the electrical components.

Choose the Right Electrical Contractor
While you consider all the above-mentioned electrical factors, it is equally important to choose the right electrical contractor. Consider the following tips when choosing the right electricians:

  • They should be experienced in different types of remodeling projects and new constructions. This ensures that they already know the steps involved in electrical inspection and proper planning.
  • They should have knowledge of electrical code. They can plan the wiring and electrical fixtures according to regulations and functional needs.
  • They should be able to work with the other remodeling contractors to ensure that the electrical fixtures are placed as per plan.

So make sure to consider all these points when planning a home remodeling project. You should discuss the details with both your electrical contractor and the building contractor to create the perfect plan.