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Elevate Your Home's Electrical System: 8 Worthwhile Upgrades to Consider

In the realm of home improvements, upgrading your electrical system might not always be the flashiest or most glamorous project, but it's undoubtedly one of the most impactful. From enhancing safety to boosting energy efficiency, investing in electrical upgrades can significantly elevate the functionality and comfort of your living space. At Gloudeman Electric, we're passionate about empowering homeowners with the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions about their electrical systems. Here are eight worthwhile upgrades you should consider:

  1. Receptacle and Switch Replacements:

Receptacles and switches before and after replacing

It's easy to overlook the importance of receptacles and switches until they start malfunctioning. Upgrading to modern receptacles and switches not only enhances safety and longevity, but also makes a very impactful difference in your home's aesthetic. Plus, with options like USB-equipped outlets, updating these devices gives you the opportunity to add these convenient benefits to your home's electrical system.

2. Surge Protection: Protect your valuable electronics and appliances from power surges with whole-house surge protection. Rather than relying solely on individual surge protectors plugged into outlets, a comprehensive surge protection system guards against voltage spikes throughout your home, offering peace of mind and safeguarding your investments. We talk about surge protection a lot, and here's a dedicated blog if you want to learn more: CLICK FOR SURGE PROTECTION BLOG.

3. LED Lighting: Make the switch to LED lighting for energy-efficient illumination that lasts. Whether you're replacing outdated incandescent bulbs or fluorescent fixtures, upgrading to LED bulbs and fixtures can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills. What should you replace? The most common replacements include:

  • Garage fluorescent bar lights

  • Outdated recessed can lights

  • Bulbs throughout home This update to sleek LED fixtures and bulbs minimizes maintenance, often improves visuals, and will save energy.

4. Adding Dimmers: Achieve the perfect ambiance and enhance energy efficiency by installing dimmer switches. With dimmers, you have precise control over the brightness of your lights, allowing you to tailor the lighting to suit different activities and moods. Not only does this add versatility to your home's lighting design, but it also extends the lifespan of your bulbs.

5. EV Charging: Embrace the future of transportation by installing an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at home.

EV charger with Gloudeman Electric van in background

Whether you already own an electric car or plan to make the switch in the future, having a dedicated charging station offers convenience and ensures your vehicle is always ready to hit the road. If you're getting a quote for an EV charger, we recommend reading our blog on how to compare quotes: CLICK HERE FOR EV BLOG.

6. Wiring for Portable Generator: Be prepared for power outages by installing a transfer switch and dedicated wiring for a portable generator. With this setup, you can easily connect your generator to essential circuits in your home, ensuring uninterrupted power supply during emergencies. Whether it's a severe storm or a planned outage, you'll have peace of mind knowing you have a reliable backup power solution. CLICK HERE FOR TIPS ON GENERATORS.

7. Update Old Ceiling Fans: Upgrade outdated ceiling fans with modern, energy-efficient models that not both enhance comfort and so complement your home's décor.

Side-by-side images of a ceiling fan before and after replacing

Look for fans with advanced features like remote control operation, reversible motor direction for year-round use, and integrated LED lighting for added functionality. It's amazing what updating your porch and interior ceiling fans can do!

8. Replace Smoke Alarms: Ensure the safety of your loved ones and property by updating old smoke alarms. You should have new smoke alarms installed every 10 years, so it doesn't hurt to check to see if they're due for replacement. Read more about replacing smoke alarms HERE.

Investing in these worthwhile home electrical upgrades not only enhances the functionality and safety of your living space but also adds value to your property. At Gloudeman Electric, we're committed to providing top-notch electrical services and helping homeowners create spaces that are both efficient and comfortable. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you elevate your home's electrical system.

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