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5 Electrical Tips for New Builds

 

With all the decisions involved in building a new home, most homeowners can easily overlook their property’s electrical needs. Ensuring correct design and implementation of your new home’s electrical components ensures safety isn’t compromised while preventing the headaches associated with electrical systems being set up incorrectly. Precise electrical planning boosts the value of your new build and ensures your family’s well-being. Discussed below are five electrical tips for new builds.

1. Draft an electrical plan

An electrical plan is a rough layout or draft of how your new house’s electrical system will look once completed. It visually represents the positioning of all your build’s electrical points. An electrical plan utilizes symbols to represent different components of an electrical system, such as:

  • Wiring connections
  • Electrical outlets
  • Switches
  • Power lines
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Transformers
  • Appliances and more

A well-drafted plan ensures smooth electrical installations while ensuring safety, interior aesthetics, and long-term efficiency. With an electrical plan, contractors can adhere to code regulations. An electrical plan also represents details such as wire lengths, parts, and cable types required to prevent high costs and extra work.

2. Determine the amount of power you’ll need

Determining the amount of power you’ll need is key to helping your electrician select the type of electrical wiring and other home electrical solutions suitable for your new house. Listing down each room’s outlets, electronics, appliances, and lighting fixtures you intend to buy will guide your electrical service provider to avoid headaches and disappointments.

3. Consider electrical control panels

A control panel is a critical component of your new build that monitors electrical flow to all systems and devices in an electrical structure. This may include electrical components like elevators, appliances, lights, and air conditioning.

 



Circuit breakers are the most crucial control panel components because they keep your electrical system from overloading by shutting off power automatically upon detecting excess current flow. When choosing an electrical control panel for your newly built house, determine the load to be placed on it and find a supplier you can trust.

 

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4. Determine where to place electrical outlets in your home

Correct outlet spacing helps prevent the risk of power surges and hazards. Electrical outlet placement differs by room, including:

 

  • Bedroom: Place an outlet on every side of the bed for easy access. If you intend to steam/ iron clothes in your bedroom, add another outlet
  • Living room: Position outlets at the center of each wall, close to fireplace mantles, and in corners. If you intend to mount a flatscreen television, install an electrical outlet high on the wall to reduce cord clutter
  • Kitchen: Place power outlets where you’ll install appliances, under kitchen cabinets, above cabinets, and inside the kitchen pantry

5. Future-proof your new house and plan for simple maintenance

Before you start constructing your new home, plan the electrical system in a manner that maintenance will be easier in the future. If different contractors will handle your electrical work, ask them to take photos of the switches and wires in every wall and include comprehensive diagrams of your connections.



This will ensure the new group of electricians don’t damage your wires and walls. Consider any future electrical plans, including installing a smart home automation system, and plan accordingly.

Endnote

Adequate electrical planning is crucial for every new house. Consider implementing these electrical tips for your new build.

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