When it comes to home improvements, most homeowners only consider obvious upgrades, such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel, a pool, or an addition. However, these costly upgrades require a lot of money but don’t necessarily guarantee an equal payoff when or if you decide to sell the home. If you want to increase the value of your home drastically without breaking the bank, electrical upgrades are an often overlooked, yet valuable choice. Here are just a few electrical home improvements that will increase the convenience and value of your Frankford, Delaware, home.
Add GFCI Outlets
When outlets are near water or plumbing, they pose an imminent threat of electrical shock, injury, or death to anyone nearby. This includes the bathroom, kitchen, basement, and the exterior of the home. However, you don’t have to take a chance with your family’s health. Instead, install a ground fault circuit interrupter. These outlets automatically shut off as soon as they detect current flowing along the wrong or unintended path. Plus, these outlets also help meet or exceed residential electrical codes. If you’re planning on remodeling in an area with excessive moisture, installing these components is a no-brainer.
As a general rule, electrical wiring in homes is designed to last about 35 years. If your home is any older than that, it may fail inspections, and as a result, you may not be able to sell your home until the wiring is up to code. If you aren’t planning on selling, old wiring still poses a significant threat to your safety, as it isn’t made to accommodate modern appliances, resulting in a possible fire hazard. Aluminum wiring, which replaced copper in the 1960s and 1970s due to a whopping increase in the price of copper, is also hazardous and overheats. When you update your wiring, not only will you increase your home’s value, but you’ll also keep your family free from harm.
Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker
Like older wiring, outdated circuit breakers aren’t equipped to handle high-powered electronics or HVAC systems, causing the breaker to trip. The only way to avoid damage to these electronics or prevent a potential hazard is to upgrade your circuit breaker. However, this isn’t the task for a novice. Instead, it requires the knowledge of a licensed electrician to complete the upgrade. Even though this costs a bit more, it’s worth the price for peace of mind.
Install More Outlets
There are probably countless times where you’ve needed an extra electrical outlet only to find that one is inches out of reach or already in use. For the sake of convenience, a superb update to consider is adding more electrical outlets throughout the house. Even if you wouldn’t use the outlet immediately after installation, it gives you the flexibility to change room configurations or add more electronics or appliances in the future.
Improve Comfort With Ceiling Fans
Most ceiling fans are solely confined to bedrooms, but putting them elsewhere in the house adds value and comfort to any home. Plus, many models now come with the Energy Star logo, meaning you’ll save on your utility bill when it’s in operation, as well as giving your HVAC system a much-needed rest. Adding an outdoor ceiling fan to your gazebo or covered deck is another way to increase home value while also offering relief from summer temperatures.
Another overlooked electrical upgrade is convenience lighting. While typical lighting in homes includes flush mount fixtures, wall sconces, and lamps, these are only a few options for your home. Track lighting gives you the added benefit to control where the light goes in your home, and often highlights the focal points of each room, such as a mantle or painting. Under-cabinet lighting is also highly beneficial, as it doesn’t require as much power as other fixtures in the kitchen, yet gives you a nightlight in the evening.
No matter what type of electrical upgrades you do to your house, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional. To handle the biggest jobs or the smallest upgrades, call Custom Mechanical at 877-696-0808. With our expert electricians, we’ll have you up and running in no time.
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