Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What should be upgraded during electrical renovations?
What is the best possible renovation wiring for my home?
This can depend on your lifestyle, but generally, the best possible wiring recommended by electrical experts is copper wiring due to its sturdiness, high conductivity, and ability to handle higher electrical loads compared to aluminum wiring. Although aluminum wiring is still considered safe as of 2021, the ESA recommends that aluminum wiring be maintained and inspected every 3-5 years for safety reasons, due to its tendency to come loose from terminals. To eliminate this need, it’s best to upgrade to copper wiring to save money on maintenance costs.
What are some signs of outdated wiring?
Tell-tale signs of outdated wiring are flickering lights, tripping breakers, and problems with outlets such as sparking or scorching. If this is happening regularly around the home, it’s crucial to have your home inspected for a diagnosis, as it could be a sign of something serious. Older homes may have visible signs of outdated wiring, such as knob and wiring usually found in basements or garages.