You probably don't think about your electricity unless it goes out during a storm or fails to work in some way. However, it's the driving force behind the comfort, security, and entertainment in your home. Without proper maintenance, your electrical system will eventually fail, causing a plethora of problems in the process. To avoid nuisances or even a catastrophe, you should bump your electrical system to the top of your home maintenance checklist. Here are just a few reasons why you need to maintain the electrical system in your Tempe, Arizona, home.
According to the United States Fire Administration, somewhere between 7 and 11 percent of fires are the result of faulty electrical work. This could mean that you have wiring that's more than 35 years old, which is the typical lifespan, a lack of surge protection, or several other factors that pose a potential threat to your home and family. In addition, the older your home is, the more likely that it's in need of an inspection. Experts highly recommend that you get an electrical safety inspection at least once every 10 years.
Although you may not want to sell your home right now, there's a chance that you will sometime in the future. One of the things that potential buyers look for in a home is an updated electrical system. If the circuit breaker isn't labeled or it's outdated, the wiring is not up to par, or other aspects won't pass inspection, many buyers won't even take a chance on the property. It will cost them too much money to update, or they'll want a substantial discount to even consider your home. Even if everything looks all right, your home may contain aluminum wiring, which oxidizes quickly and has since been replaced by more efficient copper wiring. Whether you're selling your home or not, these minor upgrades are well worth the expense, immediately adding value to your home.
Another common problem with older homes is that electrical fixtures become outdated. While this isn't necessarily a problem, it is a cause for concern. Many outdated fixtures are high consumers of energy, giving you a higher utility bill at the end of the month, without providing the type of brightness or efficiency that you'd find in a modern fixture. This is true for both interior and exterior lighting fixtures, as well as landscape lighting. By upgrading to new lighting, you help cut energy usage and provide your home with a modern makeover. In addition, you drastically improve the appeal of your home. Once again, you may not be looking to sell your home, but you can quickly become the envy of the neighborhood and add some curb appeal.
If you're like any other modern family, you probably have various appliances and electronics plugged in regularly. The issue here lies in the fact that if you don't use surge protectors, you run the risk of your investments being ruined during a storm or power surge. Non-protected appliances and electronics are also potential fire hazards if plugged directly into the wall, or if your surge protectors are old. To combat this problem, the best idea is to install a home surge protection system. While its initial cost is a bit higher, you won't have to worry about potential power surges, you'll save money by not having to buy individual surge protectors, and you'll eliminate having surge protectors throughout the house.
Updated electronics have the same properties as other modern technologies. They make your life easier. When you upgrade to new wiring, fixtures, or a circuit panel, you're making your life just a bit more effortless than it was before. You won't have to switch 10 circuits on and off to find the right one, you won't have to pay extra money, and you can rest easy knowing that it's an investment that pays for itself.
Because electrical systems are so ingrained into daily life, you seldom realize the important role they play every day. If you've decided to make some upgrades, give the pros at Mr. Sunshine Electrical a call. You can reach us at 602-910-6267