Staying Safe Around Electricity At Home

Electrical FAQs: 3 Smart Electrical Upgrades For Your Home

by Victoria Leclercq

Many homes in Canada are on the older side. While these homes have unique characteristics and provide charm, they are simply outdated. If you are like most people, you have probably thought about upgrading the exterior of your home. However, one of the most neglected and outdated parts of the home is usually the electrical system. Whether you want to sell your home, increase its value, or improve its functionality, these three smart electrical upgrades can help:

2. Under-Cabinet Lighting

One handy electrical upgrade for your home is under-cabinet lighting. It might sound like a small addition—and it is—but it has a huge impact. Under-cabinet lighting adds style, convenience, and elegance to any room with cabinets; most notably the bathroom and kitchen. You can use standard lights, string lights, or even colored lights to create the effect you desire. Just talk with your electrical contractor for more information.

3. Wireless Lighting

If you want to make your home more high-tech, consider making your home lighting wireless. It's a really handy upgrade that most homeowners simply dismiss because it seems unnecessary. However, it really increases the functionality of your home.

With it, you can control your lights from anywhere—without moving an inch. You could also combine your wireless lighting with dimmer switches so that you can create a variety of different moods in your home. Wireless lighting is also handy because it allows you to switch your lights on and off while you are away. Alternatively, you could put you lights on a timer to make your home safer when no one is home.

4. Updated Electrical Outlets

Another upgrade that can really improve the value of your home is your outlets. Standard outlets work well, but they are usually inefficient and placed too far apart. Depending on your budget, you could update your outlets in various ways. You could add more outlets to your home. You could install newer outlets, such as the combination ones that contain USB ports. Or you could install surge protected outlets to keep your home safer. Whichever you decide, your outlets could probably benefit from an upgrade.

There are many ways in which you can upgrade your home's electrical system. If you are interested in adding value to your home, start with one of these three smart upgrades. If you are ready to upgrade or want to learn more about valuable electrical upgrades, talk with your local electrician.