Electrical Wiring, 21st Century Style

Electrical Wiring, 21st Century Style

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This article is part of our ongoing home construction specification plan series.

Assembling a Home Construction Specification Plan — Spec Plan H: Electrical Wiring

732782_electric_panel.jpgHome wiring has changed dramatically over the past decade, as new homes are now being wired to respond to the information age. Although wireless internet access is in vogue, you’ll still need superior connections to handle home entertainment systems including powerful high definition televisions, movie screens and whole house stereo systems as these types of consumer goods continue to find their way into so many homes. Add in security systems, central heating and cooling, electric garage doors, and a host of appliances and the drain on any home’s electrical system can be huge.

So, when is the right time to wire a home under construction? As soon as it is dry. Specifically, after the roof has been completed, windows added, and doors put in place. When the elements are kept out then electrical wiring can be run throughout the house and out to the deck, pool area, shed, etc. Ceiling and wall lighting may be installed during this phase, or at least designed so that electrical switches and sockets can be installed prior to dry walling.

Right now is the time for you to consider all of your current and future electrical needs as calling in an electrician after the fact can be very expensive. Electricians who regularly work new construction have kept up with current consumer tastes and will make recommendations based on your needs. You’ll likely want the following for your home:

  • Multiple switches put in place for a single light (upstairs and downstairs).
  • Dual switches for light and ceiling fan.
  • Install photoelectric cells for the outside and along pathways.
  • Install motion detection sensors around the garage, the backyard and other areas where human activity is common.
  • Ask for special wiring for computers, entertainment rooms, alarm systems, ceiling fans, and the like.
  • Add additional outlets along the kitchen counters and bathroom for appliances, hair dryer, etc.
  • Talk to your electrician about installing a whole-house surge protector to thwart sudden surges in electrical output. Today’s sensitive and expensive electronic equipment can easily be ruined by spikes in electrical demand; opt for the best protection to preserve your technological investments.

Today’s home electrical systems are available to power the needs of the 21st century family. New wiring technologies are ready for your home, so discuss with your electrician how you can take full advantage of all that is available to you.

Photo Credit: Emiliano Spada; Rome, Italy

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