Your home is your sanctuary—your safe space. The last thing you want is for faulty electrical wiring to put your property and health at risk. Here are some things electricians want you to know about electrical wiring in Austin homes.
Wiring Doesn’t Last Forever
If you live in an older home, you might have outdated wiring. We rely on electricity for many of our daily needs and today’s modern lifestyle puts a lot of strain on older wiring systems. For example, do you living in a home with only two-prong outlets? If so, you need to upgrade to three-prong outlets to ensure the electricity’s always grounded.
Other things that older homes need and might not have include ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) outlets. GFCI outlets protect against ground faults and should be installed anywhere an outlet is near a sink or other water source. AFCI outlets interrupt electrical flow any time an arc is detected in the circuit.
In addition to GFCI and AFCI upgrades. older homes might also need more amperage to support modern appliances. If you have an older home, you should schedule an electrical audit with a licensed electrician to make sure your home’s wiring is working for you safely. Even if you live in a newer home, having an electrical inspection is recommend every few years. Knowing your electrical wiring is safe gives you peace of mind that your home and family are protected.
For more information about electrical wiring in Austin, contact TruTec Electric.