Building a new home is a huge project and an incredible milestone. If you’re building your dream home in Kelowna, you’ve got a clean slate to craft and plan your home to suit your specific needs and style.
The design, floor plan and functionality are often at the forefront of the homeowner’s minds, which means aspects, such as electrical services, are overlooked.
Kelowna’s Epic Electric team has a number of important electrical factors for you to consider if you’re building a new home in Kelowna.
1. Home Automation System
Your home automation system can reduce the cost and negative environmental effects of energy. They can be remotely controlled while you’re at home or while you’re out, they are cost effective, and ensure that your home is safe.
You home automation functions include operating the air conditioning, regulating the swimming pool and operating ventilation panels whether you’re home or not.
2. Electric Outlets and Switches
Discuss with the construction team as to where you would prefer to place light switches and electrical outlets in each room. This way you can discuss your options and strategically plan the placement of outlets for optimum safety, convenience and efficiency.
Considering how dependant we are on electronic devices and electricity, the number and placement of outlets is important to pay attention to.
3. Additional Empty Electric Conduits in Your Kelowna Attic
If you’re building your home, you probably have planned exactly what you’ve always envisioned. However, there’s always the chance of expanding in the future as your life and priorities shift. Make sure you plan for the unknown.
Our Epic Electric electricians can provide you with an electrical service box with empty locations for any future electrical expansion. We suggest having an electrician run empty conduits into the attic from the service box. This will ensure a quicker connection if you decide to undergo further renovations in the future.
4. Motion Sensor Lights & Varied Lighting in your Kelowna Home
Outdoor motion sensor lighting and motion activated lights near stairways is a convenient, safety feature for when you arrive home after dark. Additional motion activated lighting around your garage, entryways and windows is also an excellent bonus security feature.
Installing a variety of bright and dim lighting, including overhead lights, lamps, and under cupboard lighting throughout your home will help you vary your lighting according to your mood and time of the day. Lights can have a profound effect on the feel and look of your home. Plus it will help you adjust to the day, work efficiently, ease you to sleep, and save you money if you invest in dimmer switches.
5. Outdoor Electrical Systems and Holiday Lights
Ensuring you have the correct outdoor outlets to set up your lights is important if you plan to string up lights on the exterior of your home during the holidays. Using a grounded outlet for outdoor lights is crucial, as it greatly reduces the risk of shorts and shocks in the wiring.
Similarly, if you have outdoor lighting on your patio, backyard or front yard, ensure they meet exterior electrical safety standards. Outdoor lighting is fantastic for ambiance, visibility and security. However, incorrect instalment methods or poor maintenance can be hazardous. Read The Hidden Dangers of Outdoor Lighting for safety tips and considerations.