Upgrading your electrics – what every homeowner should knowadmin
Keeping your electrics in working order is essential if you want your home to function safely and smoothly. Upgrading your electrics can save you time, money and effort in the future, as you’re less likely to experience a power failure due to old or faulty wiring. Well-maintained electrics can also increase the value of your home if you decide to sell your property – most homebuyers will expect their new house to come with fully functioning and up-to-date lighting and electrics.
If you’re thinking of upgrading your electrics, always enlist the services of a professional. DIY electrical work is extremely dangerous and still requires you to get a registered electrician to verify the safety of your work, so you’re better off leaving it to the experts. Whether your electrics are old and out of date, or you simply need more power to your home, here are some things you need to know.
Your consumer unit needs to have RCD protection
The key feature of any electrical upgrade is your consumer unit, or fuse board. This needs to operate efficiently to ensure your property is supplied with electricity safely and on-demand, and must have residual current device (RCD) protection for outdoor sockets or cables that are embedded in your property’s walls. This means that, if there’s an electrical fault, the device will trip and cut power – keeping you and your family safe.
Your home’s wiring needs to meet the requirements
Homeowners should use a regulated electrician to ensure any electrical installations comply with the law. All wiring needs to meet the electrical safety rules (Part P) of the Building Regulations. This means that electrical installations must be designed to protect occupants from any electrical dangers, such as shocks or fires. Here at MD Bespoke Solutions, our NICEIC-approved electricians are highly experienced in rewiring homes safely and efficiently.
Your home will probably require more power in the future
You can’t possibly be expected to know what your electricity needs are going to be in 10 years’ time, but you can guess that they’re going to increase. Why not ask your electrician to run some extra wires within your walls? That way, you won’t need to carry out a full electrical upgrade next time. If you want a more streamlined option, you could consider upgrading to a smart home system so that you can control your home’s lighting, heating and power from a mobile device or app.
If you think your electrics need upgrading, contact us at MD Bespoke Solutions today. You can trust us to bring your electrics up to the standard they need to be!