Electric & Camera

What To Consider When Deciding To Update Your Home’s Electrical Wiring

home-electrical-wiring banner

Even the most expensive and beautiful homes can be secretly damaged. How? There may be outdated, old and dangerous electrical wiring that is quietly hidden within your home’s beautifully decorated walls. Even if you have not noticed anything weird or unusual like flickering lights, sparks, warm outlets and unexpected outages, the wiring could still be unsafe.

So, if your home is more than 30 years old, it may be time for you to consider updating the electrical system in your home. This will help to ensure your home remains safe. It will not be a cheap update, but it is definitely worth it because you will know that you are making your family’s safety a top priority. Another bonus is that the updated electrical system will help increase the value of your home.

home-electrical-wiring

Red Flags

Of course, this does not necessarily mean that every older home has bad electrical wiring. However, unless the walls are opened and the wires are inspected, Is the electrical wiring deteriorating and is not up to code? Well, you will not know this unless the system is inspected.

You can hire a licensed contractor to evaluate the system and determine if a new electrical system is needed in the home. This should be one of your top priorities if your home is 30 years or older. However, there are some red flags that may present themselves, and if you begin to notice them, you should contact an electrician and schedule an appointment.

Some of these red flags are:

•    A burning smell coming from a particular room or an appliance
•    The lights in the home dim or flicker unexpectedly
•    The fuse box blows often
•    The circuit breaker trips often

Look For Aluminum Wiring

It is also important to check to see if aluminum wiring is installed in the home. This type of wiring was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and it was installed in many homes. Although popular in the 40 or 50 years, it is now considered to be a safety hazard. Aluminum wiring can become very loose over time and it can overheat. This can lead to fires.

This means that your entire electrical system will need to be replaced. Or, copper connections can be placed on the circuit breakers and receptacles.

Demand

It may be necessary to update the electrical wiring simply because the power demand for your home has increased. The average person has at least two mobile devices, and when you multiply that by other members of the household, the wiring may no longer be able to keep up.

You may also need more electrical outlets in your home. If so, do not become dependent on power strips and extension cords. Instead, have a professional electrician install outlets in the home.

The most common reason for fires in the home is due to faulty wiring. Therefore, it is important to inspect the wires in your home before it is too late. Although it is labor intensive and costly renovation, it is worth it to ensure the safety and security of your family and your home.

Electric & Camera

Security camera systems

video surveillance technologies

Here we consider the latest in home video surveillance technologies that can proactively protect your home 24/7.

Before deciding on how many security cameras you will need for your home and what type, decide which of the following two security camera systems will be best suited for your home:

Reactive Surveillance System:
This is a traditional system that can record video when “an event” occurs, such as motion. The recorded video can be played back for the purpose of positively identifying “who did what”.

Proactive Surveillance System:
The proactive system represents the latest in home video surveillance technologies. It allows home owners to be instantly notified when intruders enter the front or rear yard, before they can break and enter.

This system is designed to prevent crime from occurring by notifying you immediately if human activity is detected around your home. This is the most effective kind of home security system and far more effective than reactive surveillance systems and alarm monitoring services.

Once you have decided which of the above two security camera system is best for your home – Proactive or Reactive, you are then ready to check out our IP Surveillance Starter Guide which answers 7 key questions buyers should consider before buying a system.