Residential, Cook Electric
Written by Larry Cook

Remodel Your Home With These Important Electrical Upgrades – Part 1

If you plan to remodel your home, you will benefit from performing electrical upgrades during the process. Most houses built over 35 years ago typically can’t meet today’s electrical needs.

Remodeling gives you a great opportunity to replace outdated wiring if walls are being torn down. Remodels usually create rooms or add new areas to a home, raising the electricity demand.

Below will cover the most important electrical upgrades homeowners should consider carrying out while remodeling.

Rerouting and Rewiring

A typical renovation will expand the size of a room and rearrange appliances and furniture. To illustrate, you might convert your traditional kitchen setup to an open plan. The available space will determine whether you can create a pantry, kitchen island, pantry, or storage room.

You are free to select your new kitchen’s design. But it would be best to consider whether your home’s existing electrical system can handle the additional electrical load. However, having a licensed electrician do the necessary rerouting and rewiring will be easier during your remodel. In addition to being more efficient, it can save time and money.

Installing Modern Lighting

Installing modern lighting features and fixtures is a key remodeling upgrade that can enhance your lifestyle. The installation of contemporary lighting features will allow you to have more control. Consider installing 3-way and 4-way switches, dimmers, multi-locations, and remote control. Upgrade your lighting fixtures to create a new style and environment for each remodeled room or area.

Electrical Panel Upgrade for Older Home

An older home undergoing a remodel will often require a heavy-up or electrical panel upgrade. Adding a new room or area will increase the electricity demand. More aging electrical infrastructure may not be capable of providing more power, which can increase the risk of fire.

The amount of electrical devices has also increased. In addition to the rising number of personal computers and mobile devices, a modern American home will usually be equipped with an air conditioner, dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave. Upgrading your electrical panel to at least 200 amps will provide sufficient electricity and make your home safer.

Part 2 will cover more important electrical upgrades during a home remodel.

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. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be happy to help you.