As mentioned in Part 1, an electrical panel upgrade or heavy-up is often needed by older homes or those with outdated electrical systems. Part 2 will discuss several significant electrical service benefits from getting a heavy-up for your house.
Forty years ago, the majority of electrical panels that were being installed required only 40 to 50 volts of service. Today’s average has reached 240 volts, which is currently the standard. A service panel upgrade will allow you to increase the number of outlets in your home and accommodate larger appliances.
Meet Modern Requirements
The rapidly growing number of modern electronic devices can quickly overload an outdated system and cause issues. A heavy-up lets you use appliances safely and protect costly electronics like large flat-screen televisions, computers, and entertainment systems. Nowadays, typical energy usage averages about 14,000 kWh annually, an astonishing increase of more than 600% since the 1950s.
Designed for safety, modern electrical panels provide significantly greater protection than those manufactured decades ago. An older electrical panel that is frequently overloaded is a fire hazard that endangers all the residents of a home. A heavy-up will provide increased safety and address electrical problems caused by overloading.
A heavy-up provides additional options in terms of expanding an electrical system. If you need to add a new central heating and cooling system or more outlets, an electrical panel upgrade may be necessary. A heavy-up will also allow a homeowner to add more rooms in a future remodel because the additional electrical load can be handled by the electrical system.
Raise Resale Value & Lower Insurance
An electrical upgrade also helps to raise a home’s resale value. A faulty or outdated electrical panel can frighten potential buyers because they will be forced to consider the additional expense for replacing it. A heavy-up can also lower home insurance because of the discount resulting from increased safety.
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. We will be very glad to help you.