What are some common tasks an electrician can help me with?
Every home deserves a flawless electrical system. A qualified electrician can assist you in creating and maintaining an ideal living space. Here are a few projects to consider:
Basics - It's good to have a thorough assessment of your home electrical system, especially in older homes. During a review of your system, the electrician should check for:
- Redundant wiring - Any unused wiring needs to be either capped or terminated.
- Loose wiring - No wiring should display any signs of worn or frayed connections, or exposed wire.
- Overloaded circuits - Each circuit load should be properly balanced, not exceeding the limit of how many sockets each circuit can support.
- So your home electrical system is running great. Now you can think about some improvements:
- GFCI outlets - GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. These outlets have a safety that triggers when too much power is sent to them. You can reset the internal breaker with a switch on the front of the outlet.
- Dimmer switches - A step up from the standard toggle switch, dimmer switches let you adjust light levels as you please.
- Programmable thermostat - A programmable thermostat will save energy and reduce the cost of your power bill.
- Solar attic fan - You can replace your electric attic fan with a solar-powered unit. It uses no electricity, and keeps your attic nice and cool.
- A qualified electrician can add more comfort and functionality with options like:
- Exterior outlets - Some exterior outlets in the right spots will prevent you from running an extension cord from inside your house.
- Ceiling fans - Ceiling fans provide a gentle breeze in the rooms you spend most of your time in.
- Motion sensors - Motion sensor lights are great on the porch or driveway, especially when taking out the trash at night.
- Specialty lighting - Whether installing under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen, or track lighting to highlight the art on your wall, specialty lighting really accentuates certain areas of your home.
- Subpanel - You'll need a subpanel if you'are adding more wiring than the main circuit breaker box supports.
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