In-home electricity revolutionized how we live our lives, and we often pay little attention to the wiring that powers out homes. However, all homeowners should periodically examine whether it’s time to get their wires replaced as many might be surprised at just how old their wiring is. Furthermore, problems made when installing wires decades prior can still present risks. Here are three reasons to consider getting your home’s old wiring replaced.
Homes built in the past were designed for relatively little power draw as families typically only had a handful of electrical devices. Today, electrical devices dominate many homes, and pushing your wiring too far can lead to poor performance, outages and even fire risks. Many homes were built before appliances that draw heavy power were common, leaving systems pushed to their limit. By having your capacity upgraded and installing appropriate wiring, you can ensure your system is up to the task and avoid poor performance.
Over the years, better technology for preventing fires and shocks has been developed. By replacing your wiring, you can take advantage of this new technology, including installing explosion-proof or hermetically sealed cabling/cable harnesses. It’s worth bearing in mind that standards for electrical safety have evolved significantly over the years, but older homes are often grandfathered in and don’t require replacements. If you’re interested in the latest in safety developments, have your system updated. A wiring update can also make your home more likely to sell if you plan on moving in the future as inspections will reveal potential problems.
Wiring technology today can be much more efficient than wiring used in the past, and having an upgrade can save you money on your electrical bills. Installing thicker cables can lead to less energy lost through heat, potentially saving on cooling bills as well. Tweaks to your wiring, especially in the kitchen or bathroom, can let you continue your usual habits while consuming less electricity. Although the savings might be modest, they add up over the years.Unfortunately, poor electrical work was common in the past, and many homes have a lurking problem hidden behind the walls. Periodic inspections are important for ensuring your wiring hasn’t developed any issues over the years due to corrosion or wear. Replacing your wires might be more affordable than you imagine, and the benefits to safety, efficiency, and home value might make it worth the investment.Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends that competent homeowners get feedthrough connectors when rewiring their home. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700