In our technology-driven environment, we are completely dependent on the electrical system in our home to ensure that we can run appliances, computers, lighting, and much more. An efficiently operating electrical system also plays an important role in the overall value of your home.
Our experienced industry professionals at Wolverine Electrical Contracting, are keenly aware of the significance that thoughtful electrical upgrades can have on the worth of your home. There are several upgrades you may want to consider that will yield a positive return on your investment.
Electrical Wiring Upgrades
Electrical wiring has a lifespan of somewhere between 50 and 70 years. Older wiring can decrease the energy efficiency of your home. It can also be a safety hazard if the wiring becomes worn out over time. Additionally, electrical codes are updated, on average, every 3 years. By rewiring your home, you are providing a safer and more efficient environment.
While you are making wiring upgrades, it is a good idea to change out standard duplex outlets in bathrooms and kitchens to GFCI outlets.
Panel and Breaker Replacement
Older panels may not have sufficient power available to run all of our modern appliances and technology. If all of your breaker spaces are occupied, it is time to consider upgrading your service and changing out the panel to include more breakers. In some cases, this will include having your electrician upgrade the meter socket.
Adding more breakers takes the pressure off those that are overloaded. A stressed breaker can overheat and trip, leaving you without power for some devices.
Install LED Lights and Smart Devices
Professional electricians are commonly tasked with swapping out fluorescent fixtures for cost-saving LED fixtures in commercial spaces. But this makes just as much sense in homes as well. LED fixtures are very efficient and last for thousands of hours compared to incandescent and fluorescent fixtures. While you are at it, it makes sense to also add LED security lighting around the exterior of your home for safety reasons.
Another way to reduce energy costs is to upgrade items like thermostats to “smart” versions that can be operated remotely or have sensors that turn them off and on as needed. If your appliances are in need of replacement, consider Energy Star Rated units that are also equipped with smart technology.
Our team at Wolverine Electrical Contracting is more than happy to help you with any electrical upgrades you need to modernize and increase the value of your home. We have the most experienced team of electricians in the Niles and Grand Rapids metropolitan areas. Contact us today for an estimate by calling one of our offices or filling out our online form.