One of the human’s basic needs is shelter. Over the centuries, we have moved from living in caves to the modern structures we’ve developed today. One of the perks of this structural improvement is the electricity that powers our daily essentials and provides us with luxuries like cool air during the hot weather.
So are you planning on renovating, redesigning or building a new house? Your electrical plans and wiring should be on the top of your priority list.
In this post, I’ll be sharing some tips for planning your electrical wiring points. Hopefully, they will help make your new building very functional while improving on the aesthetic feel you’d decide on.
Helpful Tips For Planning Electrical Wiring Points
For first-time house owners, there’s such a thing as a lightning walk-through.
A lightning walk-through is a stage where you walk through an uncompleted building after it has been framed to figure out where all light switch, wiring and outlets should be.
In this stage, the electrician or builder can recommend where these fixtures should be. However, it is your responsibility as a house owner to figure out the best places possible because they determine electrical bids and how your entire space will be set-up.
Having this is in mind, here are some tips for planning your electrical points;
1. Know where you want your electrical outlets
This can be tough especially when you are not familiar with proper placements. However, a brief mental tour of the houses you’ve loved in the past will help out with this. Think about where you’ve seen an outlet in the past. Usually, light sockets are placed close to every entrance and exit point. This will come in handy when you’re leaving the house and you need to turn off the lights.
Will you be using a lot of kitchen appliances? What about a laundry room? Do you prefer to install a ceiling fan or an air conditioning system? Will you be adding a water heater as well? These are some of the things you should consider along with the ‘where’ of it.
2. Find the right wiring system for your building
An electrical wiring system is what makes all components of an electrical system function in order to effectively generate electricity. Today there are different types of these wiring systems. While some are traditional, others use the smart grids which are the baseline for wiring automation.
Anyways, this system is entirely dependent on the type of building you have. Will it be a very automated housing system? Or will your building be a simple one? We suggest you consult with an engineer to find the right type of wiring system fit for your housing needs.
3. Consider adopting a pre-wiring system
Because the telecommunications and security industry is constantly changing, pre-wiring your house is a great plan you should consider. Over time, you’ll be needing security cameras, smoke detectors, amongst other systems. Rather than overhauling your current wiring system, you can always just adjust to your needs at that time. This is why a pre-wiring system is a great idea because it can help you easily fit into whatever future changes you'll need.
4. Order for a prepaid meter
With the mass metering scheme ordered by the federal government, estimated billing systems are slowly coming to an end. Today, due to the mass metering in many estates and other modern housing, electricity usage has now become cost-reflective.
Because of the high demand of meters, there’s a significant wait time before a prepaid meter can be installed. So it is more convenient to request for a prepaid meter from your distribution company before you move in.
5. Always get a professional
While it might be tempting to opt for a do-it-yourself or get someone who claims they can wire a house from scratch, it is often always a bad idea. This is because tiny mistakes automatically translate to faulty wiring. And faulty wiring causes fire accidents that should have been completely avoided.
So always speak to a professional electrician who knows how to properly wire your house. You don’t want to be at risk of losing your assets.
And that’s all for today. I hope this has been helpful. Do share with your friends who might need this.