Electrical Upgrades For Your Home Remodel

When remodeling a room, don't overlook the electrical systems. Home renovation is the perfect time to update or install new systems that add to the convenience and safety of the room. The following are just a few of the options that you should consider.

Update Your Outlets

There are two reasons to update outlets -- safety and convenience. When it comes to safety, consider installing GFCI outlets in rooms where there is higher short danger, such as from water. These outlets are usually required in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms, but you can install them in any room for increased safety. GFCI outlets shut down automatically if a problem is detected.

If you have children, you may also want to look into outlets with integrated child safety covers. The covers close automatically when the outlet is in use so you never need to worry about an exposed outlet.

As for convenience, you can upgrade to outlets with integrated USB receptors as well as standard outlets, making it much easier to charge your tech.

Upgrade Room Lighting

There are many ways to upgrade the lighting in a room. In the kitchen, for example, your electrician can install under cabinet lighting to make it hard to see areas more visible and accessible.

Recessed and can lighting can add attractive accents to hallways and living areas, especially if you plan ahead so that this lighting helps accentuate the features in the room -- such as the fireplace or a work of art.

One popular option for living and dining room remodels is to improve the overhead light fixture. A chandelier above a dining table can give a room a whole new look. Combination light and fan is another option, one which will increase your comfort in the room.

Reduce Cord Clutter

Cords are a major issue in modern homes. Not only are they unattractive, but they can also pose a tripping hazard. Cords also wear more quickly when they are exposed and able to move around, which can lead to fire danger.

Your electrician can site outlets exactly where you need them so that there is no reason to run cords over long distances. For example, if you hang your TV on the wall then why not have the outlet installed directly behind the TV?

Electricians can also route cords under floors, through ceilings, or through the wall so that you don't have ugly cords taped to the baseboards or hidden by rugs. This is an especially useful technique if you have a theater system with ceiling-mounted speakers.

Contact an electrical service in your area for more help during your remodeling project.