With the type of lifestyle we live today it includes many technologically advanced products, which challenge the old electrical services. If you have bought an older home and remodeling it there is a chance that the building department will require that you upgrade the electrical service of the home to one hundred amps. The reason is to make sure that there is enough power in the house for all of the modern electrical needs without causing a fire in the home. In the past the older homes did not need to support all of the appliances that we use today. When you upgrade your electrical service and are rewiring for a home improvement project or maybe a new kitchen you need to think beyond what your immediate needs are and anticipate other features that you may want later on. In the long run, spending a little more money now to do an upgrade on your electrical wiring can save you money and time later. Unless you have the experience doing this type of work you should hire a professional electrician to do the work.
Most of the home electrical circuits are on a one hundred twenty volt line but in order to run heavy electrical equipment and major appliances the electrician will upgrade it to two hundred twenty volt current. Before upgrading your electrical wiring here are some things you should consider.
• Appliances-there are many more kitchen appliances today like blenders, cappuccino makers, food processors, and bread machines so you need to make sure that there are enough electrical outlets in your kitchen.
• Satellite / cable television-before you hook up your television set to either one think where you might else want to watch television. You might consider adding cable to a guest room, the family recreation room, a child's bedroom, etc.
• Computers-if there are going to be more than one computer in use in your home you need to figure out where the computer and modem will be plugged into. You want to make sure that you have enough electrical outlets and a modem or phone line.
• Ceiling fans-if you have the electrician add additional wiring it will enable you to control the fans and lights separately from a wall switch. You will also be able to turn off the light and leave the fan on or adjust the speed of the fan.
These are just some things to consider before you hire an electrician to upgrade your electrical circuits. You should also consider adding surge protection to protect your electronic equipment against small daily surges.
If you are unsure just what an electrical panel is, it is basically your Command Center for the electrical system in the home. The power may be turned off and on and sent throughout your home to the various outlets from the panel. It is also referred to as your breaker box. In the electrical panel box there are fuses or breakers that will “blow” or “trip” in response to an over current or short. The capacity of the panel is measured in amps and the normal for residential electricity needs use to be sixty amps.
The reason that you may need to upgrade the electrical panel is that with today’s electronic devices and supersized appliances it may not be strong enough to handle all those electrical needs. There are several indications that it is time to upgrade, or replace, your old electrical panel. This is something that you cannot do yourself so you will have to hire a residential electrician to do the upgrade.
One of the indicators is your homeowner’s insurance is demanding the installation of a new electrical panel. Another indicator is having frequent bugs in your electrical system. When mentioning bugs, this means fuses blowing, lights flickering or burning out rapidly, or breakers tripping. The third indicator is having a plan to add to the load of the electrical panel significantly by purchasing a new major appliance, installing an electrical-powered hot tub, or doing a remodel causing an increase in the square footage of your home. The last indication is if you decide that you want to put your home up for sale, it will bring a higher selling price if there is upgraded electrical capacity, especially for your bathroom and kitchen. However, the main reason to do an upgrade is safety. The older electrical panels are more apt to cause a fire due to being overloaded.
Today, the minimum allowable amp for an electrical panel is one hundred amps but you can get amperages in one hundred fifty, two hundred, and four hundred. Your electrician will help you decide which amperage you need by either measuring how much electricity you use or performing a home energy audit. Both are done using a special electric metering system referred to as power analyzer. You may also need to replace old wiring and other upgrades. The cost will vary according to how much amps you need, any additional upgrades or equipment is required, and the cost of a local building permit. In some areas, a master electrician who is licensed can only do this type of electrical work.Source by Lora Davis