Electrical Upgrades for Old Houses in Cache Valley

This Old House

old house upgrades           Cache Valley is a great place to live.  It’s quiet, friendly, and uncrowded.  There’s fun things for families to do, so it’s a great place to live.  It’s also full of historic looking houses that you can move into if you want that rustic, pioneer look.  That said, if you do by an old house, you may need some electrical upgrades.

Why Upgrade My House?

The old houses in Cache Valley are very nice, but old houses often have problems due to the time they were built.  Their power supply is often substandard, as there was less need for electricity in the past as there is today.  The wiring is often old and no longer up to safety standards, which leaves you vulnerable to fire and sends your home insurance rates through the roof.  Overall, while you can live just fine in an older home, a few simple upgrades can make living even more convenient – not to mention safe!

Here are a few to consider.

 

1. Upgrade Old Wiring

Knob and Tube Wiring           Faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of house fires.  The older your house, the greater the chances your wiring is unsafe.  Old homes don’t fall under current safety laws, meaning you can get away with the old wiring, but while you can, that’s no reason to think you should.  Whether it’s the old knob and tube wiring of the early 20 century, or the cheap aluminum wiring of the 60s and 70s, it’s a good idea to have an electrician check up on it and make sure it’s safe.  If it’s not, you ought to have it replaced as soon as you can.  There’s no reason to pay good money for a nice-looking, rustic house only to have it burn down a few months later.

 

2. Grounding

Another fire hazard that is easily corrected is adding proper grounding.  All electrical equipment has at least two wires, the hot wire and the neutral wire. However, new equipment will also have a third wire for grounding.  This helps prevent faults.  While things might work fine without a grounding wire, having one is a great way to reduce the chances of fires.

 

3. System Upgrades

Older houses have older power systems. Specifically, they tend to have fuse boxes rather than circuit breakers.  While these work fine, fuses have a tendency to blow out in power surges. There’s nothing more irritating than to have to go replace a fuse in the dark.  Upgrading to a proper circuit breaker will prevent such blow-outs by shutting off the area of the house that experiences a power surge capable of burning out the fuses.  When this happens, it’s a simple matter of flipping a switch to turn it back on.

 

4. Installing Additional Outlets

In the old times when Cache Valley’s rustic houses were being built, electricity was often considered a luxury.  As such, old houses that have electrical systems often have very few power outlets.  A room may have two plugs and no more, and some rooms might not even have any.  This may have been good enough for our ancestors, who had maybe a lamp and a TV and nothing more, but with all the electrical devices we use today, this is completely inadequate.  If you need more plugs, we can install them for you.

 

5. Improve Your Lighting

Old homes are dark.  Usually, the indoor lighting is small and it’s a surprise if there’s any outdoor lighting at all.  While we’re upgrading your systems, why not let us improve your lighting?  Whether it’s interior, or exterior lighting, we can do it all.  We’ll light up your life, as the saying goes.  No more having to worry about walking from your car to the porch in darkness, risking a fall when you trip over something you couldn’t see.  No more stumbling in the dimness of your basement.  We’ll make sure you can see everything!

 

Generators

backup generator, Cache County, Utah

While we’re upgrading, we can also install a Generac Backup Generator.  These #1 best-selling generators will prevent power outages by turning on the instant the power grid goes down.  This lets you keep enjoying the benefits of electricity during all those storms or brownouts that turn the rest of the neighborhood dark.  This also helps protect your home from power surges, which can save you money on electrical repairs in the future.

 

Get In Touch

Have you been convinced yet?  If you have, then get in touch with us.  We’re ready to help you upgrade your homes for whatever reason, be it safety concerns, or you just want the increased convenience of modern electrical systems.  We’ll do it all.