Renovations are an exciting time! Anything seems possible, and you’ll be dreaming of the finished results weeks before the results are ready to reveal. Home renovations commonly focus on flooring, cabinetry, windows, and hardware. Electrical renovations may seem less glamourous, but they are just as critical to creating a modern, safe, and functional home or business. 

If you’re planning home renovations, take a moment to consider your electrical needs. Whether you’re planning to redesign one room or your whole house, renovations are the perfect time to make electrical upgrades or changes. 

No Room is Complete Without Lighting

No room design is complete without lighting and a power supply. A renovation is your opportunity to get rid of any tacky light fixtures or replace outdated ones. It’s also an opportunity to add additional features such as ceiling fans, dimmers, energy-efficient lighting. You could also add additional circuits to your space to safely run additional appliances or devices. 

The sky is the limit when it comes to electrical work improvements. So here are three key electrical areas to optimize during your next renovation project. 

Design

Design is an important element for renovation projects. Even if a repair is primarily driven out of necessity, you want the finished project to look appealing. When planning for electrical repairs, keep the finished design in mind and communicate your desires with your electrical contractor. 

Fixtures

A simple change such as switching out a light fixture can dramatically change the look and feel of any room, either residential or commercial. Not only does the right light fixture spruce up a room, but electrical changes are also highly affordable. Whether you’re looking to install the trendiest entryway chandelier or going for a rustic living room wall sconce, you’ll want to consider the size of the room, the purpose of the lighting, and your individual style. Head to our recent post to learn more about the best lighting upgrades for businesses.  

Configuration

In addition to changing light fixtures, renovations are a good time to adjust the configuration of your lighting. Do you wish you had a series of pot lights in your kitchen instead of overhead fluorescent lights? Or the second light in your bathroom? Or maybe you want additional lighting in your office or shop. Renovation time is the opportunity you’ve waited for to make those changes a reality. 

Function

Hand-in-hand with design comes functionality. You need the right lighting for the right space. You might want brighter lighting in your kitchen so you can see what you’re doing, but you might prefer a dimmer in your bathroom, dining room, or living room, depending on the time of day and the season. If your workplace or home lighting is not functional, then you can factor in the necessary adjustments needed to make your home renovation project an overall success. 

New Technology

There are many advancements in technology that can improve and upgrade your electrical system. Smart technologies can make your lights, thermos, appliances, even your doorbell communicate with your smartphone. Automated systems can adjust your lighting, depending on the time of day, so you’ll always come home to a well-lit home. Electrical advancements are making life easier both at home and at the office. Talk to your electrician about technology options to fit your needs and budget. 

Electrical Panel Upgrades

If you’re completing renovations to accommodate new appliances or complete upgrades to sell your home, then an electrical panel upgrade might be worth considering. Upgrading to a 200 amp service for your electrical panel can help reduce your utility bills, reduce power surges, and extend the lifespan of your devices. Not only will it add value to your home, but it will make your space safer. 

Safety

Safety should be a primary concern for any electrical appliance or upgrade completed in your home or commercial space. If you’re experiencing electrical problems such as tripping breakers, ongoing flickering lights, or outlets that don’t work, then you should call your local electrician for urgent repairs. If ignored, electrical hazards can grow worse, hidden in the walls or ceiling. And in the worst-case scenario, causing electrical fires. If you know 

Outlets

The outlets in your home, office or retail space should all work properly. There is no use in an outlet that does not work, and it could be a sign of more serious problems. Always call an electrician to analyze the problem, never attempt to repair electrical sockets on your own. Another change to consider for your outlets when renovating is modern designs. If you’re replacing the outlets in an office space, you might want to add the option for USB plugs so you can charge your mobile devices directly to the wall. No adapter is needed. 

Renovation time is also a great opportunity to upgrade plugs and increase the quantity in key areas such as the kitchen or office space. 

Circuits

There are many reasons why you might want to add another circuit to a room. Do you have power-sucking appliances that trip the breaker each time they are turned on? Or certain machines that cannot run at the same time? This is usually due to circuit overloading. Your best solution is to add another circuit. If you live in an older home or work in an older building, you might have the problem of too few outlets. Adding an extra circuit will allow for additional outlets and thus more spaces to pug in your devices. 

Pulling it All Together

The best way to optimize electrical renovations is to consider all three components of design, function, and safety. Examine each room under renovation and determine if the lighting is functional, meets safety standards, and is appealing to the eye. Once you have those three elements satisfied, your room will be complete. 

Your Electrical Renovation Experts in Edmonton, Alberta

When scheduling your next home improvement project, be sure to include electrical improvements in your plans. You’ll be thankful you took the time to replace those lights, add those safe outlets, and upgrade your system for one that will last decades to come. Call Polar Electric for a free quote today for your next renovation project.

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