If your kitchen requires an upgrade, you may be wondering about the top electrical considerations when remodeling. When remodeling your kitchen, it’s crucial to make sure that the electrical system is up to code and designed to safely handle the power demands of the remodeled space.
At Fusion Electric, our licensed team of expert electricians provide top-quality electrical services to homeowners across the Kansas City area. In this guide, we’ll discuss the biggest electrical considerations you should know when remodeling your kitchen.
One of Our Top Electrical Considerations When Remodeling is to Make Sure the Electrical Work is Up to Code
Many localities require permitting to remodel a kitchen as these spaces contain many large electrical appliances and water sources. It’s crucial to make sure that you work with an electrical contractor that will ensure their work is up to code, safe, and effective. The last thing you’ll want is for your gorgeous kitchen remodel to have to be undone because the electrical work was not done correctly, safely, or up to the National Electrical Code or local regulations.
At Fusion Electric, our licensed electricians use only the best tools for the job, and we consistently update ourselves on any changes to the national or local electrical codes to ensure job safety and code compliance.
Plan Out the Lighting for the Space
Lighting can make or break the atmosphere in a room. In the kitchen, it’s especially important that the lighting is both warm and inviting as well as highly functional for all your cooking and cleaning tasks. Lots of natural lighting plays well in kitchens, so choose light fixtures that will complement the natural light coming in through the windows.
Dimmers can be an excellent choice in the kitchen so you can keep low lighting at night for late-night cooking or midnight snacks. You’ll also want to ensure that any light fixtures are installed at a safe and code-compliant distance from the sink.
Ensure Your Electrical System Can Handle Modern Kitchen Appliances
If your kitchen remodel includes installing new, modern kitchen appliances, you’ll want to ensure that your electrical system can handle the power demand. Many older homes have old wiring that can’t keep up with the electrical demand of modern households, especially kitchens.
If your home has old wiring, it’s best to hire a reputable, licensed electrician to rewire your kitchen’s electrical system to handle the power demands of the remodel. If your electrical system isn’t upgraded you risk circuit breakers tripping frequently, damage to your appliances, and even electrocution and fire risk.
Installing Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters is One of Our Top Electrical Considerations When Remodeling
In “wet” areas of the home, such as the kitchen, it’s important to protect against electrocution from water contacting appliances by having ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets installed in your kitchen. GFCIs work by detecting small, 4-5 milliamp differences between the incoming and outgoing circuit to and from an appliance, and shutting off the power before a person can be shocked.
GFCI outlets are typically installed in areas of the home that have a higher risk of electricity, a person or pet, and water coming into contact. If your kitchen does not already have GFCI outlets installed, make sure this happens during the remodel.
Contact the Pros at Fusion Electric
At Fusion Electric, we’re proud to have a 5-star google rating and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau that reflects our commitment to high standards of excellence, licensure, communication, and customer accountability. Now that you know our top electrical considerations when remodeling a kitchen, contact us today to learn how we can help ensure your remodeled kitchen’s electrical system is safe and efficient.