Remodeling a house is the perfect time for a whole house rewire. The idea of having the entire place rewired might sound like a gigantic headache. After all, you may already feel like you have bitten off more than you can chew. Deadlines have come and gone, costs are growing by the day, and all you really want is to settle into your updated home. Why push your completion date even further back?
Here are three excellent reasons to consider adding a whole house rewire to your remodeling project.
1. Old houses have old wiring.
Old wiring can be sadly inadequate for today’s electrical needs. If you find that you can’t run two appliances in your kitchen at the same time without tripping a circuit, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. If your bedrooms only have one or two outlets each, or your kitchen and bathrooms don’t have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets, these are strong signs that you need a whole house rewire.
2. If your older home has a fuse box, it’s time for a safety upgrade.
If your aging home is still equipped with a fuse box, it’s time to upgrade to a breaker box. Circuit breakers are more durable, longer lasting, and require less frequent maintenance and replacements than fuses. And if your house is old enough to have a fuse box, then it’s a significant indicator that the wiring inside your walls is also old, outdated, and possibly dangerous. A whole house rewire means replacing all that old material with state-of-the-art components that will keep your family safe for many more years to come.
3. Decrease your risk of a house fire by getting new wiring.
Old insulation surrounding old wiring inside old walls is a leading cause of house fires in the United States. The U.S. Fire Administration says that 30% of electrical fires are started under these exact conditions. Wouldn’t it be a shame to update your home, get it just how you want it, and then have it all go up in smoke because you didn’t have the aging wiring replaced? Going for a whole home rewire is the responsible choice, and it will help protect your family and property from a major cause of house fires.
Whole Home Rewires by Arc Angel Electric
Atlanta-area homeowners have trusted Arc Angel Electric for their whole house rewires for 16 years. Our highly skilled teams of electricians know the right way to rewire homes and make important electrical upgrades. These skills keep families safe and meet the demands of 21st-century technology, even in historic homes.
Older homes tend to have unique characteristics that you will be hard pressed to find in new builds. We admire people who take the initiative to revitalize aging properties, but we always urge those intrepid homeowners to upgrade the electrical wiring during their renovations.
If you’re concerned about your older home’s wiring and electrical safety, it’s time to have a chat with a local electrician. To get answers to your questions, or to schedule your whole house rewire project, call Arc Angel at 770.889.9243.