Better Wiring for a Technology-Loving Household

Posted on: 16 July 2015

Technology is great, and there's no shortage of consumer electronics to grab for tinkering and general fun. Unfortunately, if your home's electrical layout isn't efficient, you may be dealing with a lot of blackouts and wire burning that can ruin the fun and even lead to dangerous situations. Before plugging up as many devices as you can, consider turning your technology love to your house's electrical grid to keep everything running smoothly.

More Convenient Connection Stations

One of the big problems in households is connecting too many devices to a single outlet area. Multiple power strips and power strips attached to more power strips can lead to far more electrical burden than a single area is designed to handle.

With older homes, you may have a single wire per outlet for a basic electrical path. The wire may join another nest of wires to be sent to the distribution board, but the single wire can overheat when introduced to electrical demands that didn't exist when the wiring was made.

An electrician can upgrade your electrical layout by adding more wires per outlet. This means that the electricity (and the heat generated from electricity) is distributed across more wires, reducing the chance of melting, fires, or electrical overload in a specific area.

While working on that wiring, an electrician can simply add more electrical outlets to make certain areas more friendly for connecting your devices. Bedrooms can have more outlets with even more wire distribution to keep fire safety a top priority, and the living room can have more outlets to make family technology time better. If you don't want your walls lined with outlets, floor and ceiling electrical panels can be used as well.

Electricians Can Handle More Than Just Electrical Wires

While the electrician is working on electrical design, other wires can be pulled through as well. If you have multiple computers that need to be connected with a wired, consistent connection to a router or modem, an electrician can bring the wiring through the walls.

Although Internet cables such as Ethernet cables are the domain of Information Technology (IT) professionals, general IT training doesn't include electrical wiring. An electrician will know how to avoid wires that get hot enough to melt plastics regardless of design, which can be an issue for the plenum shielding used for such cables.

Audio/video cables can be routed through the walls as well. If you want to send a display to a television in a different room, you can have an audio/video control box installed with the appropriate cables in the walls to different rooms. Coaxial cables for cable television can be pulled through as well.

Contact an electrician like Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to begin planning your home's electrical upgrade to keep up with your tech gadget upgrades.