There’s something special about building your new home. Every aspect of the new space can be tailored to your needs. It’s true that all the customization can be both exciting and overwhelming. One of the most common regrets that homeowners have after living in their freshly-built home is not paying enough attention to their electrical needs. While electricity may not have the same glamour as that marble tile in your gold-accented bathroom, it does play a huge part in the livability of your home. Here are three major electrical considerations you’ll need to think about when working with your contractor.
Plan Outlet Quantity & Location
Every single room in your house will require an electrical outlet, but how many and where exactly? Consider the appliances and devices that will live in that space. For example, if you’re planning on designing a large entertainment center, you’ll want to know where you intend to set up the television, speakers, game consoles, etc. That way you can advise your electrical contractor where to put those outlets. It may be a good idea to write a list, going room by room, and jotting down your electrical requirements in each space.
Prepare for Power Usage
Every year it seems that there is more and more technology available on the market. As such, it is important to be realistic about your own energy usage. This will help your contractor properly fit your electrical panel and home’s wiring to your needs. Do you have a big family? Are you working from home? Do your hobbies include power tools or high-powered kitchen appliances? These are all factors you should take into consideration when assessing your power usage. A great starting point is to monitor your current home’s power usage.
Consider Energy Efficiency
Speaking of power usage, wouldn’t it be great to reduce those numbers altogether? Energy-efficient systems not only lower your home’s carbon footprint, but also the impact on your utility bill. Consider energy-efficient appliances, electrical panels, and even temperature controls. It can be challenging to apply these changes to an old home, but a new home offers you the opportunity to start fresh!
Electricity is key in any modern home, so be sure to take these factors into consideration when working with your trusted electrical contractor. To learn more about how you can increase efficiency in your home and keep your electrical system in tiptop shape, contact the experts at 4 Star Electric today!