Is it time to rewire your home or office?

Too Many PlugsThe consumption of electricity has grown steadily over the years for homeowners and for businesses. Desktop computers, video games, laptops, flat screen televisions, garbage compactors, high-end refrigerators — all contribute to efficiency and a convenient lifestyle, but use more energy than the typical homeowner or business owner of the 1980s.

Because we have added so many electrical devices for work, hobbies, communication and entertainment, most older homes and buildings are underpowered to some degree. If you live in a home built more than fifteen years ago, or one built to minimum standards, it is possible that your electrical system is at or near its capacity.

While 100 amps is the minimum required for an average house, present day standards recommend increasing services to a minimum of 200 amps or more to meet the needs of our active lifestyles. To further protect your family, convenience outlets located in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and outdoors on your porches or patios should be ground faulted protected.

The same rules hold true for commercial businesses. If you are operating your company out of an older building but have continued to add new technology equipment such as desktop computers, copier machines, water dispensers, and video equipment, it is important to be sure your wiring can carry the increased load.

Rewiring can be a worthwhile renovation for reasons of safety, adequacy of service and convenience.

Signs that you should consider a rewiring project:Wires

  • Outlets require accessory power strips
  • Extension cords are needed to reach appliances
  • Circuit breakers frequently trip
  • Lights dim when appliances come on
  • Switches feel warm to the touch
  • Outlets do not take three prong (grounded) plugs

Spire Electric routinely retrofits existing homes with newer service panels for increased power capacity and adds circuits to make outlets easily available everywhere you need them. Our skilled electricians can also install low voltage wiring for phone, cable, security systems and in-wall speakers. Considering all the value added by updating your house wiring plan, this renovation can greatly enhance the worth and livability of your home.

Call Spire for an evaluation of your present wiring and an estimate of the cost of bringing your home into the 21st Century wire-wise. We serve clients in Bradenton, Sarasota, Palmetto, Oneco, and the surrounding communities in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

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