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Outlet Planning Tips: What You Need to Know

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While sudden power surges or shutdowns aren’t something you can control, this isn’t the case with all aspects of your home’s electrical system. The fact is, it’s up to you (and your contractor) to do outlet planning in your home to ensure you have the access you need, where you need it.

Regardless of if you are having a new house constructed or if you are renovating your current house, considering the location of your outlets carefully is a must. Keep reading for some tips to ensure you get the layout of electrical outlets in your home right.

Electrical Outlets in the Kitchen

Your kitchen is the most important room in your house. Not only do you cook all your food here, but this is also the location with the most home appliances. An electrician can ensure there aren’t any outlets too close to the oven, fireplace, or stove, which would increase the possibility of a fire hazard.

According to the electrical code, you must also follow the guidelines related to the allowed number of electrical outlets in your kitchen. You can discuss placement with your contractor or electrician about outlet location to ensure you get what you need while still adhering to the electrical code.

It’s also necessary to have outlets with higher amperage for your microwave and refrigerator. Your electrician can look into your home’s electrical system to ensure sufficient power is provided at these points. You’ll also need proper switchboards for soft lights at your kitchen island.

Living Room and Bedroom Outlets

You need the proper supply of power in your sitting area, close to your bed and nightstands, and in other important locations to ensure your gadgets can be easily reached while you are charging them. It’s also possible to add dual switchboards, one with outlets further from the bed and another with a switch close to your bed so you can turn on or off the power as needed.

Outdoor Lighting

When doing outlet planning throughout your home, make sure you don’t forget about outdoor lighting. You need outlets on your patio, near your front door, in the garage, and in the backyard. You must have a stable supply of electricity for lights in your garden, on the gazebo, in the garage, patio, or porch. For other landscaping elements, such as a fountain or an outdoor kitchen, make sure you install outlets close to the ground, but away from any sources of water.

Hire an Electrician for Help

As you can see, there are several things you need to consider when conducting outlet planning in your home. Keep the information here in mind to ensure you have access to a power supply when it is needed. Fusion Electric can help with the process, from beginning to end, to ensure you have the proper supply of power and that everything is set up to operate safely at all times. Contact us today!

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