A new year is the perfect time to take a step back and evaluate yourself in terms of career goals, health and what positive changes you can make to increase your quality of life. It’s also a good time of year to take into account the condition of your home and whether or not you need to upgrade your living spaces.

There are many reasons as to why upgrades are worth pursuing, such as they increase the value of your home and they add a hint of luxury to it. When it comes to electrical upgrades, the goal is to keep the home’s residents safe by reducing the risk of fire and other hazards. As electrical professionals, we recommend upgrading any electrical if you witness any of the following signs:

-electrical outlets over-burned with plugs and power strips
-lamps and appliances are attached by extension cords
-outlets need adapters for three-pronged plugs
-ground fault circuit interrupter outlets are located in kitchens and bathrooms and near water sources

If this is your home, here are four electrical upgrades to consider for 2016!

1. Whole house surge protection

Believe it or not, your home frequently absorbs power surges from utility systems and appliances. Power strips typically remedy the situation, however, with the large amount of electrical devices located in today’s home, whole house surge protection is important now more than ever.

These devices are wired to an electrical service box nearby and support all appliances and electrical systems within the home. The cost of it ranges between $200 to $500, and it should always be installed by a 5-star rated, electrical professional.

2. Gfci outlets

Today’s modern building codes require gfci outlets to be installed in any room that is close to a water source. These living spaces include, kitchens, bathrooms, and any area close to a hose connection or sink. Gfci outlets are designed to prevent electrocution by tripping off if it detects that the current is flowing down an unintended path.

Newer homes automatically have this feature included, however, if you live in an older home, you will need to hire an electrical professional to install it for you.

3. Circuit breaker box

Circuit breaker boxes are typically an issue if you live in an older home. If you’ve noticed that your circuit breaker box shows signs of corrosion or makes crackling noises, it may be time for a new panel. Another instance in which you may need to upgrade your circuit breaker box, is any time that you rewire and increase the system’s power.

Upgrading this feature ranges between $650 to $3,000, depending on the size of your electrical system and how much electricity is used. Make sure to consult with a 5-star rated professional before you decide that you need to upgrade.

4. Electrical systems

Modern homes include many electrical systems that serve different purposes. There is a separate electrical system dedicated to home entertainment systems, computers, smart appliances, etc. As homes become more technologically inclined, it becomes more imperative to upgrade these systems.

Wiremasters electric has been providing residential and commercial electrical services in south florida for years. Our goal is to operate above industry standards and provide quality services to meet your needs and surpass your expectations. Contact us today to find out more information and to set up an appointment with one of our miami electricians