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New Home Construction Electrical
When designing for new home construction, electrical needs should be considered from the very first planning stages. Our team has years of experience wiring homes, working with the area’s elite home builders. We use quality electrical components to ensure your new home’s electrical system will stand the test of time.
We can help you plan the electrical system for your new home construction project. Our first order of business is to determine home much electricity will be needed to power all the devices used inside and outside of your new home. Some of the crucial elements we consider when planning an electrical system for new home construction will include:
- The number of outlets needed in each room and their placement
- The type of lighting you would like in each room of the home
- Power supplies for appliances, entertainment, and other home systems
By planning these needs, we can determine how much power will be needed by your family. If your family’s power needs aren’t considered in the planning stages of new home construction, once you get into your new home, you may find issues operating your devices. Properly plan your electrical system with our electricians to ensure you’ll have the power you need and want when your home is finished.
A poorly designed electrical system in new home construction can leave homeowners with many problems, including serious ones, once the home is completed. One problem poor planning can leave you with is not enough power to operate devices and systems within the home safely. Also, when your power demand is not adequately planned initially, your electrical system can become overloaded by the home’s systems and devices, creating dangerous conditions.
It’s a good idea to consider future enhancements to the home when planning electrical for new home construction. Adding enough power initially to supply additional appliances or systems later on will save you from additional electrical work when you’re ready to make these enhancements. Common additions to the home which may need more power than your system can supply include:
- Pools and hot tubs
- Home theater systems
- Additional appliances
- Home automation controls
- Home security systems
Ceiling Fan Installation
Installing a ceiling fan in your room is not as challenging as some larger electrical appliances. However, many people still opt to a certified electrician to do such a job, because there are a number of things that require attention.
First of all, you need to make sure you have a proper power source drawn into the ceiling on which you want your fan installed. This is why many ceiling fans get installed on a light fixture which may no longer be in use. Otherwise, it is necessary to pull a wire all the way up to the ceiling, which is again recommended to be done by a licensed professional. Installing a junction box is also an option, especially if you want to keep that light to remain on the ceiling.
As with most other electric installations, a ceiling fan also needs to be wired properly. While they are not overly sensitive to various currents and voltages, you still need to be sure the wiring will actually allow it to move, and in the right direction. On the other hand, too high voltage or current may sometimes damage the fan. Proper wiring is also especially important if you are wiring it up on an existing mount where light used to be, or if you are connecting it to a junction box mentioned earlier. There is also a possibility of mounting the light on the ceiling fan itself, if the model of a ceiling fan allows it.
It is important to note a number of various accessories you may want or need with your ceiling fan. You should never use a dimmer controller to regulate the fan’s rotation speed – or even operation. Rather, use a regular switch, combined with special speed controllers. Your vendor can easily offer and recommend you those, depending on the type of fan. Some fans have this feature built inside them, so you need not purchase anything more. Checking and maintaining the fan’s balance is also important to note. This is usually done by adjusting the fan’s base, as well as making sure its blades is all identical. The manufacturer will also be able to provide you with additional tips for it-usually printed in the user manual.
Electrical Fixture Installation
When wiring and installing any sort of electrical fixture in your house, you need to consider how much help you will need from a professional. You can often get all the required information from the vendor of your fixture, but if you are not confident around electricity it is better to get professional help as the mains power in a house can be deadly.
Once you have chosen your fixture, you need to determine the voltage and current it need to have available for correct operation. Many fixtures (in the US) will be 120V or the voltage will be selectable, depending on which wires are connected. The current required for a 120V fixture, will be 0.83% of the power in Watts. Using this information, you can determine what you are going to use as a power source, generally the closest power outlet or junction box which is already in place. When adding fixtures which will draw larger amounts of power, you should consider that you might be overloading the circuit breaker box, as the original size was determined when the building was first designed.
The first thing you need to do is isolate the area of the house you are working it at the circuit breaker box. Then, if you are replacing a current fixture, remove it from the wall or ceiling. You should see three wires (black, white and green). Be sure to only connect black to black, white to white and green to green. You may need to adjust the size of the hole in the wall or ceiling. Once the new fixture is in place, go to the switch for the previous fixture and remove it from the wall. You can now install your new switch.
If you are adding a completely new fixture, trace around it on the wall or ceiling rather before making a cut. Determine the location of the switch, taking in to consideration the location of the power source and the position of the fixture itself. The next step is to run the wires, which is most easily done from the space above the ceiling. This is something that is usually best done by a professional. The new fixture should have instructions as to how to affix it to the surface, as will the switch. You can now add power by switching on at the circuit breaker box and test the system.
High Efficiency Lighting Installation
Having the lighting system within your home changed to high efficiency lighting will ensure that, your not left in the dark, as manufacturers stop producing incandescent bulb replacements. With the many advances that have been made within the lighting industry, homeowners across the nation have multiple available choices. Choosing the one that’s right for you and your family, is as simple as determining your personal lighting needs.
Compact fluorescent Lighting
Having compact fluorescent lighting throughout the home has a multitude of benefits including, energy efficiency, waste reduction and budget friendly advantages. Compact fluorescent lightly allows homeowners to light their home, without using an excess in energy. In fact, on average they’ll be using 75% less energy than they would with incandescent bulbs.
Due to the known longer lifespan of compact fluorescent bulbs, the need for replacement is less, thereby reducing waste. This adds a great environmental advantage, it ensures that less waste is filling up landfills. Additionally, through a reduction in the need to replace bulbs, less money is spent on buying bulbs, thereby creating a monetary benefit to monthly and yearly budgets.
Typical fluorescent lighting is hard wired through the ceiling and requires an electronic ballast. This type of lighting allows homeowners to light up entire rooms with the use of a single lighting fixture. It provides energy efficiency, thereby reducing environmental waste and annual energy cost. Having fluorescent lighting installed, is as simple as having a specialist from your local Milton Electric Company come out to your home and discuss your individual install options.
An often preferred lighting solution is to have LED lighting systems installed. They allow customization on a per room bases. Ranging from 3mm to 8mm, each room can be fitted with the exact amount of lighting needed. Though they are small in size, their output is superior to other lighting options.
Having an LED lighting system installed is a relatively fast experience. Typical installations can be done within the same day, thereby providing you with the lighting you want, without the headache of a drawn out remodeling project. Having an electrical technician evaluate your home and your lighting needs, will ensure that the LED system that’s perfect for your home can be efficiently installed.
Available Lighting Options
There are several options available when choosing between compact fluorescent, fluorescent and LED lighting. On the simplistic side, choices in bulbs can be changed to compact fluorescent light bulbs. However, for more advanced options, such as ballast fluorescent lighting and LED lighting, a professional should be contacted to ensure proper installation.
This can be a simple as a single ballast install or as intricate as having track lighting installed or LED strip lighting placed along the ceiling or walls. Regardless of the lighting system chosen, compact fluorescent, fluorescent and LED light systems are highly more efficient than yesterdays incandescent bulbs.
Does your power go out every time we have a thunderstorm?
Your home needs juice, and a generator is there to either provide full power or auxiliary power when your city’s electric network goes down. Keeping that in mind, there is a wide variety of generators available, depending on your home’s needs.
What you want to do is install a high-quality generator which can cover your entire home. This means that, the more juice your home consumes, the more powerful your generator needs to be. You also need to take good care of price-per-quality ratio, because not all generators on the market will provide you for the equal amount of time, or equally reliable. In order to suit the load under which the generator will work, you need to have an optimal rate of frequency, power and voltage.
On top of that, it is important that you let an expert do this. Not only do you need to acquire it from an authorized generator dealer, you need to hire a qualified electrician to do the hard work as well. They will also know more about the information mentioned above. The dealer will be able to deliver your product to your home, as well as provide useful information on an optimal placement location. While the latter can also be done by a qualified electrician, you also need one to install it into that location properly, as well as recommend (or even provide) a decent fuel source and appliances. An auxiliary generator will also require a transfer switch.
When choosing a generator, it is important to know whether you need a stand-alone generator or an auxiliary power source. A stand-alone generator, also known as a home energy station by some manufacturers, will provide your home with electricity independently of your local power plant. On the other hand, an auxiliary generator, also known as a standby or backup generator by some manufacturers, will provide your home with power during an outage. Your electrician will also need to connect the generator to a fuel source, be it gas (plumber, propane, etc.) or otherwise -you need to check with your local gas company.
To conclude, in order to install a generator to your home, you need to take care of its quality, the load it can take, the purpose you need it for, and most importantly, your own safety.
You can trust our professional team with all your electrical installation services. We are certified, licensed, bonded and insured which offers our customers peace of mind. Maryland Electrician Pros guarantees all work to be completed to scope, within an affordable budget.