Electrical wiring is an incredibly important aspect of any home. No matter if you’re using it to power vital electronics, like heaters, refrigerators and freezers, or more recreational devices, like televisions or computers, most people can’t imagine living without electricity. Despite this, it’s incredibly common for people to overlook caring for the electrical wiring system within their homes. Ensuring that your home has safe and efficient electrical wiring can be achieved by rewiring it.

Most homeowners don’t even consider rewiring their homes unless they’re already experiencing a severe electrical issue. Rewiring is considered to be a costly renovation, but this is far from the truth. Even on a tight budget, you can find many deals on rewiring to get the job done without draining your bank account. In addition, the massive issues and damage you could be avoiding by rewiring your home offset the cost even more. There are many ways you will benefit from getting your house rewired.

1. Avoid a Sudden Prolonged Power Outage

Many homeowners believe they will notice signs of electrical issues before they start becoming a significant problem. For example, most people would probably expect to see flickering lights, smell burning, or hear buzzing noises before any loss of power. While it is important to be vigilant of any symptoms of electrical issues, there are many circumstances where electrical wiring problems become severe without any obvious symptoms. A complete power outage in your home could occur out of nowhere before you even knew you had any wiring issues.

It’s never been more inconvenient to lose power, especially for long periods. Many individuals work from home, do schoolwork on their computers, require fully charged phones for communication, pay their bills electronically, and more. Going without power for days, weeks, or even longer due to a sudden electrical failure disrupts your life and creates many annoying inconveniences. Getting your home rewired will drastically reduce the chances of a major power failure happening anytime soon.

2. Opportunity for Customization

When you rewire your home, there are hundreds of customization possibilities for you to explore. For example, you can create more circuits to give dedicated power to specific appliances and devices, you can add light switches and outlets, install smart devices and security systems, and much more. If you’re planning on renovating or expanding other parts of your home, getting your house rewired beforehand will allow you to ensure that your electrical system can safely and effectively support any additional appliances or devices you plan to install within it.

3. Meet Building Codes

All homes need to meet building codes to ensure the safety of everyone who enters. Newer homes are always built with building codes in mind, and they’re inspected immediately after construction is finished to ensure that all building codes are officially met.

Older homes are very unlikely to meet modern building codes. After decades, various parts of your home might not meet several building codes that didn’t exist when it was built. While safety is the top priority for building codes, you should also keep in mind that failing to meet building code requirements may result in being fined or suffering other legal ramifications. Rewiring your home ensures that your electrical system meets all updated building codes to stay safe and certified.

4. Increase Your Property Values

If you ever want to sell your house in the future, you’ll want to ensure that the property values are as high as possible. Many factors affect property values, but the electrical wiring within your home is one of the most important aspects that potential buyers focus on.

Ensuring potential buyers that the electrical wiring within your home is well-maintained, safe, and reliable is a huge selling point. Some people merely get their electrical system inspected, but this isn’t nearly as appealing to potential buyers as getting a full rewiring job performed on your home. Save the paperwork from the job to provide proof of when the rewiring was done to further impress potential buyers in the future.

5. Increase Capacity

In addition to being less safe and reliable, older wiring also isn’t designed to withstand the average electrical usage of most modern households. Electrical wiring systems from the 1960s and earlier usually have a maximum capacity of 60 amps since they didn’t have nearly as many electrical devices to power back then. Modern homes have electrical wiring that supports at least 100 amps or more to not only support many more electrical devices but also more powerful modern electrical appliances such as air conditioners, microwaves, and HVAC systems.

Trying to manage all of the normal devices of a modern household on old wiring with lower capacity results in brownouts, breakers constantly tripping, and even electrical fires. Having your home fully rewired allows you to enjoy the convenience and comforts of all the modern devices you want without worrying about overloading the system.

6. Improve Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has become a high priority for many people over the years. Not only does having an energy-efficient home help you save money on your electricity bill, but it also reduces your carbon footprint.

Older wiring systems are not nearly as energy efficient as modern electrical systems. Old wiring systems waste energy by leaking electricity through faulty wires. Old and deteriorating wiring also needs to work harder and is strained more often when trying to power modern electronic appliances.

Upgrading your old wiring by rewiring your house prevents electricity leaks and improves the electricity distribution throughout your home, which greatly improves energy efficiency. In addition, the rewiring process may uncover other issues that may be negatively affecting the energy efficiency in your home such as insufficient insulation. You can save up to 30% on your energy bills by rewiring your house.

7. Increased Safety

By far, the biggest benefit to getting your house rewired is having increased safety in your home. Electrical issues caused by old or damaged wiring create shock hazards for anyone within the home. Even if no one is near the wiring itself, people could get electrocuted through the light switches and outlets.

The most concerning risk with old, improperly installed, or damaged electrical wiring is fire. According to the United States Fire Administration, faulty electrical wiring is the leading cause of house fires. These house fires cause hundreds of deaths every year. Thousands of fires could have been avoided if the homeowners chose to get their houses rewired.

If you’re interested in getting your home rewired, our trusted and skilled technicians at Hunt’s Services will provide you with safe, reliable, and high-quality service. In addition to rewiring services, we also provide installation, maintenance, and repair services for heaters, air conditioners, water heaters, garbage disposals, ceiling fans, gas pipes, air filtration systems, and much more. For additional information on any of the services we provide to the areas in and around the Tacoma, WA, area, contact us at Hunt’s Services today.

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