4 Residential Electrical Services Your Contractor Can Provide

Posted on: 3 October 2017


Have you have ever wondered what an electrical contractor or licensed electrician can do for you? Whether you have recently purchased a new home, or you have lived in your present home for quite some time, you might want to consider the electrical services available to you. These services can help ensure the safety, convenience and practicality in your home. Consider electrical upgrades, safety and security fixes, outdoor lighting, and installation of security systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, generators, ceiling fans and more. Here's some aspects of the services you might want to consider:

1. Electrical Upgrades in the Home

If you have the need for more electrical outlets, you might want to ditch those power strips in favor of upgrading to additional electrical outlets. Your electrical contractor can install extra outlets in basically any room in your house. This is handy when you have multiple computers, TVs and major appliances to operate. Perhaps you use your garage for a workshop. If so, extra outlets may be needed.

Another upgrade to consider is replacing your older circuit breaker with a modern one. When you consider that the average circuit breaker panel will last for a period of a few decades, you may need to upgrade at some point. Also, if you have recently added an appliance which consumes a high amount of energy, your old circuit breaker may not be equipped to handle it.

2. Safety and Security Fixes

Wiring improvements can be a necessity for the safety of your family and security of your property, especially if you live in an older home that has not been upgraded. Aluminum wiring and tube wiring, commonly used for homes many years ago, are a known safety hazard. If your home has not had a wiring improvement in several decades, it is time for a change.

Also, consider safety hazards lurking in your older electrical outlets. Are your bathroom and kitchen outlets equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)? You can easily identify such an addition buy a "test" and "reset button". This device will shut down electrical power when the current flows directly through an unsafe course or path.

The idea of such a device is to prevent the user from becoming electrocuted. Your electrical contractor can install the GFCI outlets in your home if necessary. Ungrounded electrical outlets are also fire and safety hazards. Your electrician can install the grounded outlets for you. If you have young children at home, you might want to have your contractor install child-proof outlets as well. This will have safety cover plates that are spring loaded to prevent contact with electrical current

3. A Home Electrical Inspection

Whether your house is newly constructed or a hundred years old, there could be hidden dangers lurking within the home. If you have not done so, consider hiring an electrical contractor to perform a home safety inspection. The contractor will make sure all the codes are up to date and within regulation, check inside the walls for hazards, be sure the electrical components in your home are not defective, and even devise a plan for you to conserve energy and save money on your monthly electric bills.

4. Installation of Indoor and Outdoor Components and Appliances

If you are concerned about personal safety during nighttime hours, consider having a contractor install outdoor lighting system for your home. The electrician can en sure your walkways, driveway and sidewalks will be properly lit and in accordance with safety regulations. Path lights and post lights may be available in a variety of styles, so inquire about this when hiring your contractor.

Electricians can offer other installation services as well. They often provide security alarm system installation, home generator installation, and smoke and carbon monoxide detector installations. Do you have a task that requires some wiring knowledge, such as the installation of a ceiling fan? Your electrical contractor can do this for you as well.

For services and jobs big and small, contact a local electrician, like one from Conway Electric, and ask for an estimate.