When most people think about maintenance and upgrading their homes, they likely don’t think about their electrical switches and outlets. However, lights are useless if you can’t turn them on or off. In a similar vein, so many of your electronics need to be plugged in to even use them. Both of these act as entry points for your various electronics, and they deserve the same respect as the rest of your electrical system. Wave Electric knows just how important it is to upgrade them occasionally, and we want to tell you why.
Here are four reasons you should upgrade your switches and outlets:
Fix cracks and gaps
As your switches and outlets get older, they’ll inevitably experience some weathering and cracks. These openings can become traps for dust and other flammable debris. When hair, dust, and lint build up in there, it can eventually start a fire. In some cases, the results can even be explosive!
Out with the old
In older homes, you may see outlets that feature holes for two prongs. Nowadays, plenty of devices now have a third prong on their plugs, which acts as a grounding plug. Not only do newer outlet models let you use more modern electronics, but these newer electronics are more resistant to electrical fires due to their grounding. Similarly, older light switches pose a risk due to likely having older wiring that needs replacing.
Stay up to code
Depending on where you live, you might have various rules on your electrical system. These codes help minimize the risk of injury and property damage from electrical sources. The code constantly changes and applies to all buildings that people build. In other words, your 1980’s home was built with different standards than a house in 2018. Remember when asbestos was used as in buildings before we learned about the mesothelioma risks? It’s a similar situation with electrical systems, and you should get your older house up to (modern) code.
Increased resale value
This isn’t a reason everyone thinks about, but it’s a good back pocket reason for upgrading. When you switch out your old outlets and switches, you’re increasing your home’s value. This is for two main reasons. First, new owners won’t have to pay from their own wallets to replace the old electrical systems. Second, newer systems provide a sense of safety that has a big effect on potential buyers. No one wants to buy a home that could go up in flames any second!
Why is Wave Electric the company to choose for my electrical upgrades?
Wave Electric Company has been helping New Jersey residents with their electrical systems for over 25 years. When you call on us, we’ll arrive the same day if you make your call before 2 PM. No matter which of our many services you need from us, we offer honest and upfront pricing so there are no surprises. Call Wave Electric Company, and we’ll provide electrical service that meets your needs right down to the last wire!