Copper wire: remodeling your home
Home remodeling tips on upgrading your electric system to include copper wire and a home generator.
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It is always a smart to remove the old wiring in your home and install copper wire when remodeling. Although electrical wire prices can be steep, the price of copper wire can be viewed as an investment in the safety of your home.
Unless your home was built very recently, it wouldn't hurt to have an electrician or electrical inspector take a look at your wiring to see if your existing wiring is up to code and safe.
The safety issues that are present in old wiring are well established and documented. Many older homes, especially those that were built 40 to 50 years ago, were wired with aluminum wiring. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but experience has proven that aluminum is not an optimal material for use in wiring the home since it can cause overheating and potentially start a fire.
Keep in mind, however, that even new homes can be wired incorrectly, so if you experience any oddities when it comes to your electrical systems, always err on the side of caution and have a qualified professional check them out.
If you have been noticing signs that your electrical system may not be up to par, don't hesitate to call out an electrician to get to the root of the problem. From warm-to-the-touch electrical outlets and switch plates to flickering lights and blown fuses or tripped breakers, electrical wiring is nothing to play about with.
In such instances, the concept of better safe than sorry is quite appropriate. A large number of residential fires are started because of old or faulty wiring. Many of these fires would be preventable with a little diligence and knowledge on the part of the homeowner.
Another upgrade to consider when you are remodeling your home and ensuring the integrity of your electrical system is the addition of a whole-home generator. Whole-home generators, which are also referred to as standby generators, can provide power to your home if there is a power outage that knocks your home's electrical system off the power grid.
With an electrical generator, you are only without power for a few seconds when an outage occurs. The generator is designed to sense any outage and loss of power, and to automatically switch on, effectively powering most appliances and outlets in your home without you doing anything at all.
Electric generator costs have really come down in recent years, and this means that more people are able to afford to purchase home generators, even on limited budgets.
Reply! can help you find a qualified electrician to install this type of generator, perform a home inspection, or replace or upgrade your existing electrical system.
Regardless of electrical wire prices, it makes a lot of sense if you have old wiring in the home to replace it with new wire. The price of copper wire is nothing when compared to the potential costs of a fire starting due to old, deteriorating wiring.