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Ask a Fort Collins Electrician: What Should I Know About Home Rewiring?

Posted on: November 17, 2014

Trying to get through the day without having enough electrical power in your home is a major inconvenience. And on top of that, old or faulty electrical wiring and connections can cause voltage drop-offs which have the potential to damage sensitive electronics. That’s why having plenty of properly distributed power is so important to electrical home safety. Even with enough power, you may need additional outlets to avoid relying on an inefficient and unsafe tangle of power strips, surge protectors and extension cords.

Here are some important things to consider before you embark on a home rewiring project:

The cost of upgrading electrical service: In the old days, the standard for household power used to be 60 amps. But modern homes may need as many as 200 amps to run new technology like air conditioners, computer equipment, high-definition televisions, and high-tech home automation devices simultaneously.

Get ready to open both your walls and your wallet: If you want your home to be able to handle bigger electrical loads, one of the best ways to achieve that is by upgrading your electrical wiring, especially if your house is older than 40 years. This can be a big project because the wires are located inside of walls, where they are difficult to get at.

Rewire when the time is right and save: The best time to rewire is during a remodeling project, such as renovating your kitchen or adding a family room, when subcontractors are opening up your walls anyway. That way, your electrician has easy access to the walls, and refinishing walls will be part of the larger remodeling project—not just the rewiring.

Get your home rewired by the expert electricians at Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric. No matter what type of electrical rewiring work your home requires, it is important that you let a licensed and experienced professional take care of it. Unless you are a master electrician and have all of the tools and training needed to get the job done, there are far too many things that can go wrong.

Make the safe decision and call the professionals at Lighten Up to handle your home rewiring project.

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