Well, all you millennials, Gen-Xers, and baby boomers, we are now firmly ensconced in the 21st century. The first decade and a half of the new millennium has seen a great deal of change, in fields ranging from politics and the economy to pop culture. One of the most striking new trends is the proliferation of electrical and electronic devices in the home. All these gizmos use a lot of power, making for plenty of reasons to update your electrical system to keep up with the times.
The Number 1 reason to upgrade your home electrical system is to safeguard yourself and your family. Unfortunately, there have been a number of tragic news reports lately about house fires which were caused by electrical malfunctions. Make sure that your system is up to current code (developed and regularly updated by the National Fire Protection Association) and that your electrical panel is adequate to meet your house’s requirements.
21st Century Electronics
Unless they were science fiction writers, your grandparents likely never dreamed of the day when almost every family in the US would have not one, but a multitude of personal computers. That’s not to mention such newfangled entertainment equipment as video game consoles, large screen plasma TVs, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems with surround sound. All of these devices are tons of fun but they do add an extra burden to your electrical panel.
Statement lighting is one of the most notable fashions in home decor of late. Attractive overhead and wall-mounted fixtures, as well as lamps for floor or table, create a thoroughly modern fashion statement. Beyond good looks, though, specialized task lighting is important for today’s popular hobbies, such as cooking, refinishing furniture, or crafting.
Whether it’s due to global warming or just an increased demand for comfort, air conditioning has become a standard feature in an astounding 87 percent of American homes. Even a tiny window unit needs a surprising amount of power (about 500 watts). And if you install central A/C, you’re looking at consumption of 3500 watts. in Winter, heating your home with electricity ups the figure as high as 26,500 watts. Make sure that your electrical system is ready for this load.
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