A great way to improve the functionality, efficiency and value of your home is to invest in a few electrical upgrades. Not only will electrical upgrades increase the value of your home, but they can also make your home more comfortable and safe.
At Blanco AC, Electrical & Plumbing, we have experience upgrading our clients’ homes and improving the functionality of their electrical systems. There are quite a few different ways to integrate electrical upgrades into your home, and not all of them require big investments!
1. Switching To LED Lighting
One easy electrical upgrade you can make is switching to LED lighting. Although LED bulbs are more expensive than incandescent and fluorescent alternatives, they end up saving money in the long run. This is because LED lights are more energy efficient.
Instead of producing large quantities of heat like incandescent bulbs, LED lights produce mostly light. What does this mean for you? Well, when your lights produce mostly light and hardly any heat, your power bill is smaller, saving you money. Additionally, LED lights are brighter, which can reduce the number of lights that you need in your home.
2. Adding Or Upgrading Outlets
A great electrical upgrade is adding or updating outlets. One type of outlet you can put into your home is a GFCI outlet, or a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. GFCI outlets stop sending out electricity when they sense a ground fault, and this process protects you from getting shocked. In newer homes, these outlets are required because of how important they are.
Another way you can update your outlets is to install ones that include USB ports. This makes it easier to charge your phone and other electronics. This feature is also more appealing to potential buyers!
3. Installing Whole Home Surge Protection
Homes experience countless electrical surges on a yearly basis. These surges lead to the damage of electronic appliances, shortening their lifespans. A common fix for this issue is to insert individual surge protectors for important appliances. However, a more comprehensive solution is to invest in whole-home surge protection.
A whole-home surge protector is installed in your home’s electrical panel. This requires the help of a professional electrician. Although the upfront cost of purchasing and installing this device is higher than buying a few surge-protecting power strips, whole home-surge protectors can protect every appliance in your home and save you money in the long run.
4. Updating Your Electrical Panel
We live in an appliance dependant age where a single home can have over fifteen appliances running at once. If your circuit breaker is constantly being tripped or the lights flicker in your home, you may want to consider updating your electrical panel.
Installing an electrical panel that can accommodate 100-200 amps is beneficial as the need for appliances increases. Being interrupted by a tripped breaker or getting headaches from flickering lights is very frustrating, but can be fixed by an electrical panel update.
5. Installing Smart Home Upgrades
In recent years, the concept of a “smart home” has gained popularity. With modern technology, it’s possible to control many of your home’s functions using your phone. To improve the functionality, efficiency and even safety of your home, consider making a few smart home upgrades.
You can install a smart video doorbell that allows you to speak with whoever is at your door. Installing a smart thermostat allows you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere in your home or even from miles away. You can even install smart security cameras that allow you to keep an eye on your home when you’re away!
Schedule Your Blanco Electrical Upgrades Today
If you’re interested in making electrical upgrades in your home, Blanco AC, Electrical & Plumbing has your back! Don’t mess with the electricity in your home by yourself. This can lead to injury and fire hazards. Instead, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can help you make your Blanco electrical upgrades safely!