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    5 Electrical Upgrades for Your New Year’s Resolutions

    5 Electrical Upgrades for Your New Year’s Resolutions

    December 27, 2018

    Electrical Upgrades for Your New Year’s Resolutions

    Do you have home improvement projects that never seem to make it off of your to do list? The new year is a great chance to start crossing some of them off!

    One of the most important ways to ensure your home is safe and to increase its value is to take care of any outdated parts of your electrical system. Here are five electrical upgrades for your New Year’s Resolutions from our team of electricians at 24/7 Electric.

    1. Replace Old Wiring

    Replacing the electrical wiring in a house is definitely expensive, but also definitely worth it. If you have faulty wiring or copper wiring mixed with aluminum, you are at major risk for an electrical fire. Don’t delay in upgrading to aluminum wiring that meets all of the standards for modern electrical codes.

    2. Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

    If your home was built before the 1960s, your electrical panel is probably inadequate to handle modern appliances. Old electrical panels ranged from 30-60 amps. Today electrical panels are 100-200 amps depending on the size of the home.

    As technology has advanced and families use more electricity on a daily basis, electrical panels have evolved to meet our needs. By upgrading to a larger electrical panel with more amps, you can prevent yourself from overloading circuits and tripping breakers or blowing fuses.

    3. Add Designated Circuits or a Subpanel

    Another way to cut back on tripping circuit breakers is to add designated circuits to different zones of your house. If some of the rooms in your home draw way more electricity than others, further dividing up your circuits can be useful.

    If your electrical panel is already full of circuits, you can always add a small subpanel for new ones. Many people like to add a subpanel for their Christmas lights to keep them from tripping a breaker during December.

    4. Switch to GFCI Outlets

    According to modern electrical code requirements, all newly constructed homes must have GFCI outlets outdoors and in any rooms with a source of water. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are designed to protect you from electrocution. If they detect an imbalance in electrical current, they will shut off power at the source.

    You can identify GFCI outlets by checking for “Test” and “Reset” buttons in the middle of the plates. If your kitchen and bathroom outlets are not GFCI, make sure to upgrade them this year. Your safety is a worthwhile investment.

    5. Improve Your Outdoor Lighting

    If your electrical system is already up to date, there are still other electrical upgrades that can improve your safety and convenience. We recommend adding some outdoor lighting. It can improve the ambiance of your yard for entertaining guests, and it can help keep out unwanted guests. Motion activated lighting can help protect your home from burglaries and alert you to any unwelcome visitors in your yard.

    Do you have electrical upgrades on your list of New Year’s Resolutions?

    If there are any electrical improvements you want to make in 2019, give us a call! Our team of highly trained electricians can perform any electrical upgrades your home needs.

    If you need a licensed and qualified electrician in Calgary, call 24/7 Electric at 587-315-1361 for a Calgary Electrician, or complete our online request form.