With the type of lifestyle we live today it includes many technologically advanced products, which challenge the old electrical services. If you have bought an older home and remodeling it there is a chance that the building department will require that you upgrade the electrical service of the home to one hundred amps. The reason is to make sure that there is enough power in the house for all of the modern electrical needs without causing a fire in the home. In the past the older homes did not need to support all of the appliances that we use today. When you upgrade your electrical service and are rewiring for a home improvement project or maybe a new kitchen you need to think beyond what your immediate needs are and anticipate other features that you may want later on. In the long run, spending a little more money now to do an upgrade on your electrical wiring can save you money and time later. Unless you have the experience doing this type of work you should hire a professional electrician to do the work.
Most of the home electrical circuits are on a one hundred twenty volt line but in order to run heavy electrical equipment and major appliances the electrician will upgrade it to two hundred twenty volt current. Before upgrading your electrical wiring here are some things you should consider.
• Appliances-there are many more kitchen appliances today like blenders, cappuccino makers, food processors, and bread machines so you need to make sure that there are enough electrical outlets in your kitchen.
• Satellite/cable television-before you hook up your television set to either one think where you might else want to watch television. You might consider adding cable to a guest room, the family recreation room, a child’s bedroom, etc.
• Computers-if there are going to be more than one computer in use in your home you need to figure out where the computer and modem will be plugged into. You want to make sure that you have enough electrical outlets and a modem or phone line.
• Ceiling fans-if you have the electrician add additional wiring it will enable you to control the fans and lights separately from a wall switch. You will also be able to turn off the light and leave the fan on or adjust the speed of the fan.
These are just some things to consider before you hire an electrician to upgrade your electrical circuits. You should also consider adding surge protection to protect your electronic equipment against small daily surges.