If you haven’t developed electrical problems in your home, you probably haven’t given a lot of thought to its wiring, but you should. Homeowners are often uninformed about the importance of proper wiring or the substantial benefits that come from making sure their home wiring is efficiently set up and properly regulated. Luckily, there are home contractors who specialize in sorting out electrical issues, and they can optimize your home wiring situation if you are losing money to inefficient power delivery.
Are You Overloading Your Wiring?
Homes that have been built or renovated over the past 50 years have typically been built with safe and reliable power distribution systems by modern standards. For these homes, the biggest issue tends to be not that the system has become unsafe with age, which does happen sometimes, but that the demands on the wiring exceed the capacity it was designed to deliver. Home electricity use has grown a lot over a half-century as people have become more and more dependent on high-tech devices, and for some homes, that’s created a safety issue. Here are common signs your power consumption is outpacing your home’s capacity.
- Brownout-style power fluctuations that do not affect neighboring houses
- Frequent circuit breaker issues from excess power consumption
- Strategizing the placement of appliances and devices to avoid tripping breakers
Your Wiring Is a Safety Issue
Overloaded wiring can be just as hazardous as frayed or exposed wiring, because when you overload electric wires, they tend to heat up more than their designers intended. This can produce fire hazards in homes with frequent high electric demand. On top of that, older homes and homes that have overtaxed their electric systems over the years can have physical damage that causes those other problems.
If you find yourself resetting your circuit breakers frequently, you should consider bringing in a professional to evaluate your home wiring. That way, you know you can get the power you need while keeping your home safe.