Since most of a home’s electrical wiring is concealed behind its walls, it’s often overlooked when you’re designing or renovating your home. Yet your home’s wiring along with its outlets, fittings, fixtures and switchboard should all be top of mind during the planning stages. Only then can you be sure your wiring is sufficient for your needs. Here are a few of the things you need to think about.
Do you have enough electrical outlets and are they easy to reach?
In the past, having just one or two electrical outlets per room was enough to meet the needs of the average family. Now, we use all sorts of gadgets which need electricity. Some, such as your stove, hot water heater and air conditioning will require dedicated, heavy-duty outlets and circuits while others will be standard.
When creating your wiring plan, think about the number of outlets you will need per room and their placement. Think about what you will be doing in each room and the sort of power access you might use. That will give you a good idea of the number of power outlets you’ll need and where they should be placed. Don’t forget to think about your lighting, too. Do you need dimmer switches or special lighting?
Next, formally map out each outlet and related wiring. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind where you want to place your furniture so you place your outlets where you can get to them.
Are your wiring and electronics protected from surges?
Power surges are a common occurrence and can arise from normal, everyday fluctuations of current as electricity travels over transmission lines into your home. Storms can also lead to surges which damage wiring and appliances plugged into your home’s electrical system. The best way to keep things safe is to have professionally fitted surge protection to cover your home.
Is your wiring up to date?
If you have an older home, it is a good idea to have your wiring inspected. If you notice any of the following signs, it’s important to have your writing checked.
- burn marks or discolouration on your power outlets
- a burning smell
- regularly blown fuses
- frequent sips or flickers your lighting
Melted wiring or overloaded circuitry can cause fires. It’s a simple thing for your electrician to do and it could save your life.
Is your smoke alarm up to code?
In the past, you might have relied on battery-powered smoke alarms to protect your home and family in the event of a fire, but these no longer meet Australia’s standards and building codes. For the best protection, update your fire alarm to one that’s hard-wired into your electrical system so that it only depends upon a battery in the event of a power outage.
Plan for the future.
When you’re designing your wiring plan, think about your possible needs for the future. As your family expands or your children grow, you’ll use more power and use it in different ways. You need to know your switchboard and wiring can deliver more than you need at the moment. Your professional electrician will be able to advise you on future-proofing your power supply, so you don’t have to worry about it again.
Installing, inspecting, maintaining, repairing and replacing any component of your home’s wiring system can be a long, tedious job. It’s also a very risky one if you lack the proper tools, training and expertise. If you’re planning a home renovation or build and need some help to design your electrical wiring and outlets, please get in touch. The team at Safe and Sure will make everything easy for you.