Today’s homes have increased electrical demands over those of the past—especially considering all the additions people have made to their homes over the years—multiple TV’s, computers, home theater systems, and even devices that need to charge, like tablets and cell phones.
The problem is, people don’t always have the electrical systems necessary to support all of this. In addition to potentially needing an electrical panel upgrade, rewiring and Cincinnati, OH surge protection could be, and usually is, also necessary.
You may be surprised to find how easily an increased demand for power can overwhelm older wiring systems, even just a couple decades old. Older homes may likely still have copper wiring, which can become hazardous with the growing amount of electrical demand. No matter the age of your home, there are a few signs you can look for that indicate your home needs rewiring:
Aluminum Wiring: From 1965-1970, aluminum replaced copper wiring, but after this time it was found by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that this type of wiring could overheat and cause electrical fires, and use of aluminum was eventually phased out. Be sure to check with our professional electricians if your home was built between 1965-1973.
Constantly Tripped Circuit Breakers: If you find yourself regularly going to your electrical panel to reset tripped breakers, then your home is sending you a big sign that its electrical system can no longer handle the current demands placed on it.
Charred and Discolored Outlets: This indicates that electrical fires have occurred due to shorts within the outlet. At the very least, you may need to replace the outlets, but it’s likely that a re-wiring is necessary.
Acrid Odor: Have you noticed a burning smell when you turn on the lights in your home, but are unable to find the source? The time is now to call an electrician, then. Something could be seriously wrong with your home’s wiring, and it could very well need replacing.
Surge Protection Installation
If you’re like many homeowners, you may think that the small power strips you likely plug your laptop and entertainment equipment is enough to protect against power surges, but this belief could be putting your electronic equipment at risk.
Power surges not only impact your electronic equipment, but important appliances as well—such as your HVAC system, which is connected to the electrical power supply. Most people don’t know how vulnerable their appliances are and how beneficial a whole-house surge protection installation is until after their important devices begin to fail on them.
You have a couple different options when it comes to choosing a surge protection system for your house. You might choose a smaller system that can be installed directly into your electrical box, or a larger more powerful system that can be installed outside the box. Whichever type you choose, it’s important that you have it professionally installed by a trained and certified electrician.
Contact Servall Electric Company today to schedule your professional electrical services, and see how we are
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