When considering electrical upgrades for your home in 2024, it’s essential to prioritize safety and compliance with local building codes. Here are three relatively common and beneficial electrical upgrades that will bring your space up to speed and add some convenient attributes to your home.
Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Panel:
- If your home still has an older fuse box or an insufficient breaker panel, it might be time for an upgrade. Modern circuit breaker panels are safer and more efficient. They can handle increased electrical loads and provide better protection against electrical fires. Upgrading to a panel with circuit breakers also makes it easier to manage and troubleshoot electrical issues.
GFCI Outlet Installation:
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are crucial in areas where water is present, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces. GFCIs help prevent electric shock by quickly shutting off power if they detect a ground fault. If your home lacks GFCI outlets in these areas or if the existing ones are outdated, consider hiring an electrician to install new GFCI outlets. This upgrade enhances safety to bring your electrical system up to code and can help prevent injury to those using and around the outlets.
Install USB Outlets:
- With the increasing use of USB-powered devices, installing outlets with built-in USB ports can be a convenient upgrade. This eliminates the need for adapters and allows you to charge your devices directly from the outlet. While this upgrade is more about convenience than safety, it’s a popular choice for modernizing homes and meeting the demands of contemporary electronic devices.
Before proceeding with any electrical upgrades, we recommend you consult with a licensed electrician to assess your home’s current electrical system and discuss the specific requirements for your project. Electrical work should be performed by a qualified professional to ensure compliance with local codes and regulations, as well as to guarantee the safety of your home and its occupants.
Your Colorado Electrician, CIES, is not only licensed to help with the specific tasks above but can also conduct our in-house E.S.S.E.NTIAL Service (Electrical System Safety Evaluation) if you’re not sure where to start.
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