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If you are a homeowner, you will find that your energy consumption has increased dramatically. In the old days, homeowners used gas appliances for daily tasks. Today, household appliances are quite common. And the energy consumption of all households has increased.
It has become necessary to opt for an electrical service upgrade because it guarantees safe and uninterrupted energy consumption. It is important to remember that the process is not a do-it-yourself job because you are not limited to applying with your local utility company to increase service. It involves determining your home’s electrical requirements, obtaining a permit from local authorities, installing a new grounding system, etc. If you decide to upgrade, you will have to consider changing the main panel in your home so that it can handle the load of the additional power supply.
Should I opt for an electrical service upgrade?
The increase in the number of electrical appliances is not the only reason to say yes to an electrical service upgrade. There are several other reasons for making the decision. Consider the following to make the right decision:
· Are you considering a home expansion project in the near future?
· Are you considering using the basement as a rental unit?
· Are you replacing a heat pump or buying a large refrigerator?
· Do fuses blow frequently in your home?
· Are the lights blinking?
Are circuit breakers constantly tripping?
Do you need a GFCI installed in one of the rooms?
· Does your insurance provider ask you to consider upgrading?
Remember that taking care of the electrical system of your home is not a luxury. Failure to maintain it can cause fire and death. Feel free to call a licensed electrician. He will calculate your home’s electrical requirement and help you with the process.
How to determine the electrical requirements of your home?
If you are using an older property, you can have 60 amp or 100 amp service. Typically, a modern home requires a service of at least 200 amps. But it is best to contact an electrician to calculate the precise electrical requirements of your home. You will consider the following things before making a decision:
Total square meters of the property
Air conditioning loads
Use of water heaters
Electric vehicle charging equipment charges
Minimum service size
Regulation policy of local authorities
Insurance provider’s policy
Once you consider each and every aspect of your home, it will be able to give you a clear idea of your home’s electrical requirements. It is also called a demand calculation. Your local utility or inspection agency will require a copy of the demand estimate. Therefore, make sure that the electrician provides you with adequate copies of the document.
Preparation is the key
Electricity has become one of the basic necessities for a comfortable life. And when you opt for an electrical service upgrade, you can enjoy the benefits of uninterrupted power consumption. But remember that careful preparation is necessary for success. Here’s how you can prepare your home for the process:
· Get permission from local authorities and your community.
You will not be able to get power for at least four hours. Therefore, make sure to charge all household appliances such as mobiles, laptops, etc. beforehand.
· Empty the refrigerator and freezer.
Intermittent power supply can damage your electrical appliances. So, don’t forget to disconnect them.
Keep the area around the main panel clean. Also, be sure to provide the electrician with easy access to the water meter and water tank.
The electrician will need a power supply to do his job. So, arrange for an extension cord with the help of your neighbor.
· Have flashlights and candles on hand.
Thorough preparation and the experience of a licensed electrician are the key points to a successful electrical service upgrade. So plan the process properly and get ready to enjoy safe and uninterrupted energy consumption.