Written by Larry Cook

Consider an Electrical Wiring Upgrade During a Remodel

If you suspect your older home’s electrical system is not up to code, it may be time for an electrical wiring upgrade. Unfortunately, upgrades are labor intensive and costly because wires are located behind walls, and they need to be accessed one way or another. The project may take from 5 days to 2 weeks with a bill of several thousand dollars. So, if your home will be undergoing extensive remodeling, it makes sense to have an electrical wiring upgrade done simultaneously to save time and money. Let’s discuss the benefits.

Safety Issues

The National Fire Prevention Association says faulty wiring is the chief cause of home fires. If your home is 40 years or older, there is a greater probability that the wiring is obsolete and unsafe. An electrical wiring upgrade will bring the house up to National Electrical Code (NEC) standards of safety. You would be protecting your family. In addition, the high premiums your insurance company was charging for coverage will be reduced.

Modern Power

In the past, 60 amps was the standard for household electrical power. Nowadays, 200 amps are required to run air conditioning units, large flat-screens, computers and peripherals, and other modern devices. There are also fewer outlets in older homes, and homeowners compensate with extension cords and power strips, compromising safety.

An electrical wiring upgrade will allow your home to meet the power demands of the 21st Century. For example, an old fuse box will be replaced by a modern control panel. An inadequate number of unsafe two-pronged outlets will be replaced by an ample number of outlets with GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) that prevent shock.

Data Requirements

Structured wiring should be included in the wiring upgrade. Data cables will provide the capability to handle computers, phones, game consoles, entertainment systems, and Internet of Things remote control of security, heating, lighting and entry. Structured wiring can raise a home’s resale value significantly.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:

  • Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical Service & Repair
  • Specialty Electrical Services

For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at 410-266-9040. They will be very glad to help you.

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