This past summer, CTV published an article reporting that upwards of 45% of Canadians are now working from home, with business owners intending to offer their employees a work-from-home option even after the pandemic. The sudden, drastic shift to home offices last year left many people scrambling to organize a workspace at home. Now that we’ve all had some time to settle into this new normal, Albertans who intend on keeping their home office should consider how to improve their dedicated space for the long haul. One great way is to evaluate and optimize your power supply.
Assess Your Current Power Supply
Depending on your work, your equipment may require more power, or simply more outlets, than your system can effectively provide as it currently stands. Sporadic outages are an obvious sign that you may need an upgrade, but the best way to tell what is going on in your electrical system is by having an inspection done by a licensed contractor. Your home may require a panel upgrade or new wiring.
Utilize a Separate Circuit
Speaking of panels, you should consider whether a dedicated circuit for your home office would benefit you. Electronic equipment, like computers, are full of sensitive components and circuitry. A power surge could be disastrous. A separate circuit can minimize the risk of a surge by only supplying power to your home office. You may even be able to have a built-in surge protector installed on the circuit. Furthermore, if the microwave upstairs causes a breaker to blow, your office isn’t affected. Anyone who has lived in Calgary for any length of time will know that summers are a minefield of outages. Consider how this could affect your electronic equipment.
Run Energy Efficient Equipment & Lighting
Inefficient electronics can cause a huge draw on your electric bill each month as well as add extra stress on your home’s electrical grid. When it comes to devices like desktop computers, look for units rated with the Energy Star label. These make it easy to spot efficient models. While upgrading your equipment, don’t forget to consider your lighting. LED bulbs use less energy than incandescents and do not need to be replaced as often.
One of the best parts of a home office is being able to put it together yourself. Ensure your workday runs smoothly by providing a sufficient and safe power supply. If you’re due for an annual electrical inspection, let our team of experts know about your home office so they can make sure you have everything you need to succeed. We look forward to working with you!