3 Tips to Improve the Design of Your Electrical System During Construction of a New Home
You purchased a land with the intention that one day, you’ll build your dream home on it. That day is here and you are ready to start the construction.
You are excited and at the same time a little worried. You don’t want your custom designed home to lack anything; you want every system in place, designed to accommodate your current and future needs.
You truly want it to be the house of your dreams.
One system which you cannot simply afford to ignore during the construction of your new home is your domestic electrical system.
Don’t Let the Contractor Call all the Shots
Yes, you may not have the knowledge of how it works, how it should be laid out, what elements should you incorporate in its design – but that doesn’t mean you should let the electrical contractor manage its deployment on his own. Some contractors (not the majority), in order to maximize their revenues, cut corners.
They may use smaller sized wires, deploy minimal grounding or provide smaller service entrance. The final system as such, although complies with minimum amperage draw requirements, isn’t enough to ably accommodate your future needs. Any additions to load in future can cause the system to fail completely.
That is why, you should always maintain some form of input while the contractor designs and installs your home’s electrical system.
Here are few tips that you can make use of to ensure the designed electrical system effectively serves your current electrical needs and is also suitable for all future electrical integrations.
Tip #1: Instruct your electrical contractor to use 12-gauge wire instead of 14-gauge wire
14 gauge wires are designed to accommodate loads running on a 15-amp circuit. This is the minimum requirement as set in National Electrical Code.
Contractors generally design networks in accordance with the defined minimum standard. However, instead of using a 14-gauge wire, you should insist that your contractor use a 12-guage wire. This wire can easily support devices with higher ampere requirements, meaning, that you get a solution that is more durable.
Tip #2: Participate with the contractor in load calculation
Contractors are not required by law to furnish load calculation records to a homeowner. However, by volunteering to participate, you can get a better understanding of each and every circuit installed in your home and how it is meant to be used.
That way, if you want the network to be optimized to support a load as per your needs, you can easily request the contractor to do so.
Tip #3: Communicate your future plans with your contractor
Most electrical contractors in Florida are willing to listen to you and provide a system that best serves your current and future electrical needs. If you don’t have a clear idea yet, approach your contractor for help.
Don’t be afraid to shell out a little additional cash if your contractor can get you a system that is durable and scalable. The extra investment will even out by saving you a lot more in future integrations.
And well, that’s about it! Good luck with designing your dream home.