With the holidays over and a new season on the horizon, many homeowners in the Kansas City area are planning on adding an addition or renovation to their home. While it’s easy to get caught up in the big decisions, like what type of counters to install, or which color to paint your walls, don’t forget the small details that can make or break your plans. With new additions and renovations often come added energy requirements for your home. Make sure to plan accordingly, and stay within the guidelines of your city’s codes. Fusion Electric can install the proper electrical work in your Kansas City home.
Upgrade Your Panel
With a new or updated living space, you’ll also be wanting to add new electrical devices and lighting needs. Don’t overlook the fact that this will also increase the demand on your home’s electrical panel. You may even exceed the limit of your current panel. Ask your trusted local electrician at Fusion Electric to check the load limit of your panel and recommend the right course of action for your home.
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Re-Wire Your New Space
Don’t forget to plan for your lighting and electrical needs in your new space. Make sure you have a professional and licensed electrician map out your new wiring needs. This can save you a lot of hassle later. You don’t want to have to cut into finished walls to fix wiring mistakes.
Make Sure You Have GFCI/AFCI Protected Outlets
Depending where your new space is being built, you’ll want to make sure you include GFCI or AFCI outlets in your plans. GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupters, have a safety feature that cuts off electricity to the outlet when it senses an imbalance in the flow of electricity that could cause shock or electrocution. These outlets are required by code anywhere near water, like a kitchen, bar, bathroom, or outdoor setting. AFCI, or arc fault circuit interrupters are designed to stop the threat of a fire before it starts by distinguishing between harmless and dangerous arcs. Arc faults in a home are the number one leading cause of electrical wiring fires. These types of outlets are now required in almost all homes and apartments.
Call Fusion Electric at (913) 563-7975 to make sure your home addition or renovation goes smoothly when it comes to your electrical work.