Many people find it exciting to build a new house or renovate their current home.
It’s fun to imagine what your property might look like. Which architectural style and interior design elements are you going to choose?
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the decisions that need to be made. Many homeowners neglect or ignore the electrical wiring requirements for their homes.
You need an organized and complete electrical plan. Electricity is essential to our daily lives.
Your new home’s electrical components should be correctly designed and installed. This will make your life easier as well as increase the value of your property. It will be a headache later on and could even cause serious health problems for your family.
Our experienced new home electrician compiled these 8 tips to assist you in your new construction.
It can be time-saving to address your electrical needs now, rather than waiting until you build.
This will allow you to make your home more energy efficient.
These are eight essential tips to help you determine what electrical requirements you need when building a home.
Take into account how much electricity you will use
Before you plan the electrical system of your new home you must first determine how much electricity will be used. You must ensure that the electrical load and service are sufficient to meet your family’s daily requirements.
It is necessary to list all electronics, outlets, lighting fixtures, and appliances in each room. A professional electrician or an electrical contractor can help you determine the right type of wiring and gauge.
Plan the Locations of Your Electrical Outlets
You will need to identify the location of power outlets in each room and how many.
Your electrician will find it easier to plan each room’s outlets requirements.
You might find that you have inconveniently located outlets, or worse, not enough outlets in your room. This could lead to you using extension cords and power strip in the future which can sometimes cause dangerous electrical hazards.
Talking to one of our electricians will help you achieve this goal. With our assistance, get out your plans and begin to plan your outlets.
Futureproof Your Home and Plan for Easy Maintenance
Plan your electrical system before you begin building or renovating. This will make it easier to maintain the system in the future, especially if you have a different team of electricians or contractors.
Ask your electricians to photograph the wires and switches on each wall. They can also include detailed diagrams and connections. This will allow other electricians to prevent damage to your wires and walls.
You can also include any future electrical plans that you may have.
Are you planning to build a home automation system? Or convert your home into an intelligent connected home? Do you plan to go completely solar in the next five years.
While you are building your home, you can already install the wiring and outlets necessary for these projects.
Make sure your new home is energy efficient
The price of electricity will rise over time. Take advantage of this opportunity to ensure your home is energy-efficient while it’s still being built.
To save the environment as well as your money, make sure your home is energy-efficient. You can use eco-friendly materials and incorporate natural light and the wind into your house’s design.
Consider installing LED lights, and consider using timer switches or programmable appliances such as thermostats, air conditioners, and other appliances that can be turned off when they are not in use.
Solar panels can be installed or made ready for solar power. You don’t need to rely on an electrical company to generate electricity from solar panels.
Take into account electrical safety, convenience & security
Consider the small electrical items that will make your life easier. Include them in your design.
You can place switches in dark rooms, such as basements or attics, outside of storage areas. You can also raise some outlets to your waist or higher, so that elderly relatives or you don’t have a need to lower yourself. If your area is susceptible to flooding, raised outlets may be good.
Safety of all family members must also be considered. Extra planning is required for rooms with water lines, such as the bathroom and kitchen.
It is worth adding socket caps and cord protectors if you have small children. Motion-activated lights help all family members, especially for high-risk areas like the stairs or entryways/backdoors.
For additional protection, you might consider installing a security camera system that can be connected to the internet and your smartphone and tablet.
Connectivity is a must
You should plan your telephone lines, satellite TV and cable installations, and the wiring for your Internet. This is the best way to plan your wiring before you move in. You won’t be left with ugly, exposed and messy wires.
Plan Your Home’s Heating and Cooling Systems
Discuss your home’s heating, cooling, and ventilation systems with your electrician as soon as possible.
You can prepare any wiring, load requirements, or special equipment you might need to install them when your home is almost complete.
Do not forget your back yard
Who doesn’t like holiday decorations and backyards?
While you are building your home, plan your holiday lighting! Make sure you have extra outlets outside for any future front yard decorations.
Add a dedicated outlet for christmas trees to your home. This can be on your ceilings, mantle, and other areas. Your electrician should include them all in one circuit, so that you can turn them on and off simultaneously.
Include your backyard or patio in your electrical plans. Lighting may be required for your garden pathways, perimeter walls, hot tub, and outdoor grill.