The Electricians at Penna Electric Can Rewire Your Entire Home
If you’re looking for an experienced electrician to help you rewire your entire home to meet your high energy demands, contact Penna Electric today to get a free quote. Whole House Rewiring Services by Penna Electric includes opening up walls, running new wires, connecting switches, outlets, fixtures, and repair.
Whole House Rewiring & Whole House Surge Protection
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, faulty electrical wiring is the leading cause of residential fires. While changing the electrical wiring in your whole house may not be the project of your dreams, it could be the most important safety issue you are facing.
You may be in need of whole-house electrical wiring if you fall into any of these categories:
You can’t plug your laptop cord into any of the rooms in your home because they are all two-prong outlets
Your breakers trip or blow on a consistent basis every time you make a smoothie in your blender
You experience a tingling sensation that your friends refer to as mild electrocution when you touch an appliance
There is a room or appliance in your home that constantly smells like it is burning – and its not a lovely incense burner-type smell
All kidding aside, not having enough electrical can be more than inconvenient – it can be dangerous. Penna electricians can perform your whole-house electrical wiring whether you are building a new home or expanding your existing home with a new addition.
If you are unsure of the condition of the electrical wiring in your home, we can perform a safety inspection and give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Even though updating your whole-house wiring can be a daunting task, our skilled electricians can help you develop a plan that will minimize disruptions and save you money.
Hazardous Wiring Types
Older wiring types are not only out-of-date with today’s codes, they are dangerous. The outlets are ungrounded posing both shock and surges hazards.
For a period of about seven years, homes were built using aluminum wiring. The instability of this wiring type due to its tendency to expand and contract in heat and cold wasn’t recognized until it was too late for many homeowners. Homes with aluminum wiring are 55% more likely to experience a home fire.
Knob & Tube Wiring
A hundred years ago, most homes used knob and tube wiring throughout the home. These porcelain connector are ungrounded and as any historic homeowner can tell you, the outlets will not support today’s electronic devices.
Alternatives To Whole-house Wiring
We understand that whole-house wiring for existing residences is often cost-prohibitive. Aside for the expense of re-wiring your whole house, the project usually takes several days and involves repairing holes in the drywall that are required to access the existing wiring.
When this downtime and expense is not an option for you, the professional electricians at Penna Electric can still help bring your home up to code and improve the overall safety. Oftentimes we are able to make suggestions that can drastically reduce the cost of your project through adding a few grounded plugs to accommodate your needs.
If you are ready to take on the task of wiring your whole house, you may want to consider advances in technology with the use of structured cabling. Structured cables are heavy-duty electrical and data cables that are combined to carry power, phone, Internet, lighting and heating throughout the rooms in your home. Structured electrical wiring has also been proven to increase the value of your home.
Contact Penna Electric today to schedule an appointment to have your wiring project evaluated by calling (310) 504-2800.
Whole House Surge Protection
Years ago we installed power strips with surge protection that was limited to only what is plugged into this device. Today whole House Surge Protection is available for your entire home. This whole house surge protector breaker can be installed in your main electrical panel and would protect your home and electronic appliances from an inrush of high voltage. Surges are caused by either exploding transformers or bad connections with utility wires. Higher voltage than appliances are designed to handle will cause electronic motherboards to short out resulting in not working and needing to be replaced.
Whole House Rewiring:
Houses built before 1980 are wired with what is known as a 2-wire system leaving your house without proper grounding protection. Proper grounding protection is designed to protect from electrical shock and burning out electronic devices. The best source for grounding protection is to remove existing 2-wire system and install new 3-wire to incorporate an additional grounding conductor. This grounding conductor connected to all outlet devices ultimately leads back to your main meter panel ending at the Ground Bar. The main electrical panel should have a proper grounding system up to code consisting of a large conductor from the grounding bar connecting to the cold water pipe ending at an 8’ft ground rod driven into the ground.
A proper grounding system is designed to back up the neutral wire created by the transformer providing power to your area. If there are any loose connections anywhere in the system voltage will flow through it’s least path or resistance which would be your grounding system.
Other issues electrical systems have are caused by loose neutrals and/or loose connections resulting in loss of power, burning of electrical plugs, switches, and lighting fixtures. If lighting fixtures can become brighter and dimmer from loose neutrals causing a higher voltage to flow through the existing electrical wiring. Through the years electrical wiring can heat up and cool down depending on the usage vibration caused through electrical systems in general also causing loose connections. When electrical wiring is heated and cooled it causes the wire to become brittle and eventually lose conductivity. Poor workmanship in original electrical wiring installation also creates loose connections, ultimately causing heating and becoming defective.
Removing and installing new electrical wiring throughout all existing and new electrical outlet openings not only brings your house up to National Electrical Code (NEC) that gives you the peace of mind knowing you have made an environment for you to live safely in regards to your electrical system.
What is surge?
Electrical surges are sudden and unexpected spikes in voltage that travel throughout your home/office electrical systems.
Some surges come from within your own home/office, such as turning on a vacuum cleaner or sending a document to your printer. Other surges come from outside your home, as in electric utility switching, downed power poles, cut power lines, and lightning strikes. Surge can even enter through cable televisions and telephone wiring.
Why do you need surge protection?
A five-year survey of power quality in North America indicates that per household there are 35 disruptive or destructive power disturbances per year.
Deregulation of the electric utility industry is expected to decrease the quality of utility power in the near future.
Annually, 30% of power outages are lightning related.
Five percent of all insurance claims are lightning related, amounting to over $1 billion per year.
These electrical disturbances can ruin or severely damage motor driven appliances, electronics, disrupt satellite signals, degrade the performance of sensitive audio/video components, and wreak havoc with telecommunication systems.