Whether it’s wiring or re-wiring, pre-wiring or renovation wiring, all should conform to the constantly changing building codes of Ontario. As buildings age, wiring becomes outdated and needs to be upgraded for safety reasons. Especially with factors such as growing families and advancing technologies, the growing demand for electricity requires that a home’s wiring and capacity be upgraded in order to accommodate these changes and prevent strain on the home’s electrical system. If you’re thinking about or are in the midst of renovations, this is the perfect time to also consider upgrading your wiring. During new home construction, you have the benefit of foresight before the walls go up, allowing you to think about pre-wiring to plan for the future.
Wiring can affect many facets of your everyday living at home. Effectively transporting electricity throughout your home impacts anything that relies on power, such as lighting and the ability to use anything that plugs into an outlet (including kitchen appliances or electronic devices). This is why it’s important to have a sufficient electrical system, along with up-to-date wiring. You can begin the process by having a licensed electrical contractor arrange for an inspection to determine whether your home needs an electric service or panel upgrade, as well as renovation wiring.
Some homes built in the 1950s and earlier are likely to still have knob and tube wiring, an outdated kind of wiring system that is now deemed a fire hazard by modern regulations. Although no longer used for new construction, knob and tube wiring may still be present in older homes. If your home still has knob and tube wiring, it’s highly recommended to have renovation wiring as soon as possible, as it not only puts you and your property at risk, but in the event of a fire, it’s unlikely that insurance companies will cover the damage.
Throughout the 1960s to mid-1970s, aluminum wiring became popularized and as of 2021, is still considered safe for the home. However, aluminum wiring must be maintained and inspected every 3-5 years as its less sturdy nature can cause it to become loose. To reduce this need and ensure maximum safety, comfort, and convenience, it’s recommended to upgrade to the best and most highly recommended wiring according to electrical experts: copper wiring.
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