Your appliances may be working fine and the lights may turn on when you press the switch but it doesn’t mean that behind the walls, everything is working properly. In older houses, it is very important to check the electrical wiring and see if they need to be upgraded. For one, it will save you from potential damage. Here are some tips if you are planning an energy efficiency upgrade to your wiring:
Look Out For Aluminum Wiring
Aluminum wires, which are installed in most homes built in the 60s and 70s, are considered a safety hazard because their wiring loosens up over time. Loose wiring can cause overheating and lead to a fire when plugged in. while upgrading your electrical system ensures that your electrical wires are safe and don’t need changing. Potential problems can be addressed by installing copper connectors.
Add More Power Outlets
The standard household power used to be sixty amps but today, with the number of home appliances and gadgets, it is not enough. Homes need up to 200 amps to run flat screen TVs, computer gadgets and air conditioners. Not having enough power outlets in the home can cause damage to the wiring by overburdening the electrical outlets.
Plan for the Future
When you are getting an energy efficiency upgrade, don’t just get the necessary work done which will last for a short time. Think about your electrical use and wire upgrades in the long term. If you're spending a certain amount now, you might as well spend enough to keep your living comfortable for a number of years. Don’t go for the minimum amount of work needed to be done but the maximum limit.
Seek professional advice on energy efficiency and have your electrical system checked by professional homebuilders who can guide you better. Call (417) 204-4949 for a free consultation.