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Evaluating your home’s electrical load: Can your home handle today’s electrical demands?

Oct 02, 2015

Times are changing—and so is the amount of electricity required by today’s homes. With more advanced technology and larger quantities of energy required by electronic devices, it is important to ensure your home can handle the electrical demands of our technology-driven world. Here’s a list of a few key things to evaluate to help you determine if your home can handle its current electrical load.

Evaluate your amps
In the past, the standard electrical service installed in homes was 60 amps. However, with the increasing demand of electricity required by today’s technology, this level of power is now inadequate for most modern-day homes. Today, a 100-amp service comes standard in homes less than 3,000 square feet that do not have a central air-conditioning system or electric heat. Homes that are larger than 2,000 square feet that have central air-conditioning or electric heat are typically installed with a 200-amp service. If your home is over 3,000 square feet and has a central air and heating system, make sure your current electrical service is between 150 and 200 amps.

Evaluate your circuits
A circuit with too many devices turned on will most likely exceed the circuit’s limit and overload your home’s electrical system. Most modern-day circuits are 15 to 20 amps, which means each circuit can handle around 1,800 to 2,400 watts of energy before it overloads and shorts out. If you are unsure of the circuit capabilities in your home, contact a certified contractor or electrician to help determine if you need to add additional circuits to your home’s electrical system.

Evaluate the signs
To determine if you need to add more circuits to your home, be on the lookout for common signs of a circuit overload. “Common signs that your circuits are overloading include charred or discolored electrical outlets, frequent breaker trips or blown fuses, flickering or dimming lights and a persistent burning smell in your home,” explains Duane Green from Koehler Electric. “If you are experiencing any of these signs, it’s a good indication that your home is unable to handle its current electrical load and should be upgraded immediately.”

Upgrading your home’s electrical system is a big job, and should always be performed by a certified, licensed contractor or electrician—like one of the many contractors and electricians on LightingtheQCA.com. Visit our website today to find a qualified electrician and let them help you bring your home’s electrical system to the next level. 

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