Common Electrical Upgrades for the Home

Nearly all modern American homes have electricity in them, and these electrical utilities can be put to a wide variety of uses. Two in three American homes has an air conditioner, for example, and many have a heater as well for climate control. Houses today always have electrical sockets for plugging in anything from a refrigerator to a flat screen TV to a blender, and ceiling fan installation may also be done if a room lacks a fan or if the current one is no longer desirable. An electrician may be hired for ceiling fan installation, and once a homeowner finds a ceiling fan model that they like, professional ceiling fan installation may be done. However, some utilities in a home may be more expensive than they should be, and commercial lighting may sometimes need an upgrade, too. Outlet repair or outlet installation, a new home lighting solution, and ceiling fan installation can all be done to remake a house’s electrical systems. How can this be done, and what sort of savings might the homeowner expect from all this?

Fans and Features

Some of the features in the home are simply outdated or damaged, and they can be replaced as soon as the homeowner resolves to. A ceiling fan, for example, may be worn out from many years or use or is an old model, and a homeowner may visit their local hardware store to find a replacement. A store associate there may help them browse the home improvement section to find a model that they like, and such fans may vary based on their rotation speed, their lighting fixtures, and their aesthetic design, too. And once a homeowner chooses a model that they like, they may hire an electrician to perform ceiling fan installation in the home. Or, the hardware store might offer a professional who can take care of this work for the client. A new fan may provide more cooling than an old, dirty fan, and it may have better lighting, too. Some fans even have adjustable lighting fixtures so that the light may illuminate different parts of the room. And if a fan lacks a fan at all but the homeowner wants one there, they may have the room’s first-ever fan put in.

What about the lights? Whether in a ceiling fan, a lamp, or anywhere else, modern American homes have lighting all over. Filament bulbs are common for this, but filament bulbs are known to use up a lot of power and burn out, and they often can’t compete with newer light models such as LEDs. After all, filament bulbs date back to the days of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Today, LEDs, or Light-Emitting Diodes, are proving popular both among civilians and commercial users alike, due to their strong light, lack of maintenance issues, and long life. Such light arrays can be installed nearly anywhere from a fishing boat to a vehicle’s headlights all the way to a lamp or outdoor lighting for a garden, and they are quite power-efficient, too. Estimates show that a vast amount of electrical power may be saved in the coming decades if enough lighting fixtures are replaced with LED versions, and a homeowner may take advantage of this. A wooden deck or garden, for example, may have LED fixtures put in place.

Heating and Air Conditioning

A house’s heating and cooling system, or HVAC, uses up around half of the home’s total electricity, so if this utility is inefficient or being overworked, that’s a lot of extra expensive power being used up. An HVAC system may be hampered, for example, by squirrel nests blocking air flow in the ducts or coats of grim weakening the output of the blower fans. Mechanical issues such as burnt-out fans or rips in the air ducts may also harm the HVAC system, and a very old system wasn’t built with modern energy efficiency standards in mind anyway. Homeowners may hire repair professionals to clean out their system or replace and repair hardware deep in the system, even the outdoor AC unit or the furnace. Very old systems, meanwhile, may be overhauled and replaced with a new one. A new system has modern power efficiency standards and probably won’t break down as easily.




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