Bringing Old Homes Up To New Technology Standards
If you're living in a home that hasn't been remodeled in decades, you may need to take a look at the wiring as well. With new gadgets releasing every season and a new generation of major technology becoming indispensable, you'll want to make sure that your electrical layout can support all of the new devices without causing immediate damage. Take the time to understand the threats to new technology with old wiring and how an electrician can help.
Old Wiring And New Electrical Demands
The first thing to know about electrical wiring is that electricity can be a damaging source of heat. Just a stove's burners can become red-hot when introduced to more heat, electrical wires can burn brightly as higher concentrations of electricity flow through. The difference is that wiring is thin, and can become brittle after years of use.
The problem becomes worse during electrical surges, which can happen during electrical storms, overloads from the power company or accidents with electrical devices in your home. When a spike or higher-than-planned amount of electricity enters the wiring, the copper can heat up to near melting point, burning away some of the material and making it easier for the wire to deteriorate in the future.
New electronics can accelerate this problem. Even though many devices boast energy efficiency and safety standards, the number of devices and the added power from upgrades may still be too much for old wiring systems. Computers, for example, may be upgraded with bigger power supply units to accommodate more, specialized parts.
Continuing with the computer example, many devices can be damaged by loss of power. While some devices simply turn on and off with little damage, computers have moving devices and constantly evolving information that could be corrupted by power loss. With more electrical demand, the wiring may eventually break or separate on a regular basis, creating a situation where a computer is causing its own electrical problem.
An Electrician Brings Upgrades
Many of the electrical problems can be fixed by replacing the old wiring with new wiring on a one-for-one basis. Unfortunately, while new wiring may be more affordable and allow more electrical capacity per wire, this will leave your building in the same situation in about a decade.
Instead, electricians can add multiple wiring networks per electrical socket. This will allow electricity to spread its burden across multiple wires, reducing the heat per wire and lowering the chance of a heat damage.
Even with added wires, the house is still dealing with a large circuit and the same, large electrical burden in general. If you have a specific room with a lot of electronics, an electrician can add a new power distribution panel. Instead of having all wires converge on a single point, splitting the burden into two panels can reduce the chance of the entire house losing power because of a power incident with one of your high-powered electronic devices.
Contact an electrical installation professional to discuss upgrades, maintenance and better ways to manage your electronics.