Planning electrical outlets for a new home or renovation project

If you’re preparing to build a new home or renovate your current one, there’s a lot that needs planning. Often, though, the little details are overlooked or forgotten in all the major plans. In these cases, it’s properly planning where you want or need electrical outlets. Taking the time to plan this first will save you from electrical renovations down the road. Keep in mind, extension cords should only be short-term solutions for power in your home.

Pax Electrical Installation Ltd. in Edmonton is an electrical specialist. They share some tips when planning electrical outlets for your new home or renovation project:

Kitchens

If you have an island in your kitchen, you’ll likely be preparing food and using appliances that need power. Adding electrical outlets around your island will let you use these appliances without a problem. For the rest of the kitchen, take a look at its layout first and then decide from there. You don’t want outlets near any sinks, but you do need an even spread for other appliances. Also, don’t forget a few extra outlets on countertops to recharge any laptops or phones. You can also try these clever kitchen outlets for some out of the way yet accessible spots.

Living room

Electrical outlets in your living room will depend on what your layout plans are. If you want to wall-mount a TV, then install a wall outlet behind it to hide those cords. If you have coffee tables with table lights, in-floor plugs are a great way to avoid cables needing a wall outlet. Still, you will want wall outlets around the room, so install them evenly across the walls. If you shuffle your furniture arrangement, you want to have outlets still readily available.

Bathrooms

Take care with planning bathroom outlets, as you don’t want them near water. Still, you will want outlets for electric razors or hair dryers. Have electrical outlets placed on either side of your vanity, so that way, you won’t have cords going across the sink. For something a little more hidden, install outlets inside drawers instead. Don’t forget as well, that all bathroom outlets must be ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). These are the safest, and required by building code, in areas near water.

Bedrooms

The first thing to decide with bedroom outlets is where you plan to put your bed. Once you know that, place outlets on either side and more above the headboard if necessary. If you have a walk-in closet, don’t forget to add plenty of outlets there as well. Just like in a living room, don’t forget to add extra outlets along the walls too. That way, you can add additional lighting, set up a desk or place your vanity.

Garage

It is just as important to have the right electrical outlet set up in a garage, as with any room inside. Just be sure to keep your outlets away from any water heaters, but still, have an even spread. Place plenty of outlets along the walls, especially if you plan to add a workbench. Lower down outlets will also be necessary to charge any electric tools without needing to run long cords. If you’re running heavy equipment, you might need an electrical upgrade to supply enough power to your garage or workshop.

Electricians in Edmonton

Do you need electrical upgrades, renovations, maintenance or repairs? Whatever your electrical needs, Pax Electrical Installation Ltd. are the professionals to call. They pride themselves in their skill and quality of work when it comes to helping with any electrical project. They guarantee that the job is not only done right the first time but that your home is safe as well.

Call Pax Electrical Installation Ltd. today!

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