10 Must-Have Electrical Upgrades for Your Home

These new gadgets and ingenious design ideas will lend your home a sense of convenience, style, and modern functionality. Whether you’re drawing up plans for a new house, or upgrading your current home, make sure you’re getting the most out of your wiring system.

1. Outlets with USB ports for charging your devices.

This is an inexpensive, but incredibly useful modification to make charging easier. Throw out all your USB adapters and charge your phone directly from the outlet. Better yet, install USB outlets in a drawer or cubby so you can charge all your devices completely out of the way.

2. Vacuum dustpan.

Perfect for quick clean-up of non-carpeted floors. Don’t bother digging out your whole vacuum or bending over with a real dustpan; just suck up dust and dirt straight into your central vac system instead. The kitchen is a great place for this handy device.

3. LED lights.

LED lighting is becoming more and more popular. Why? LEDs are energy efficient. This means a few things. First, they provide higher quality lighting. Second, they’re proven to last longer. Third, they’re more environmentally friendly. And finally, they will save you money on your power bill.

4. Smart wiring in the bedroom.

Wire your bedroom lights to your bedside so you can switch them on and off without getting out of bed. For added security and peace of mind, wire your outdoor floodlights to the bedside as well. This way, if you hear something outside in the middle of the night, you can light up your yard immediately.

5. Recessed rope lighting.

Install rope lighting to your home for a modern design effect. Place behind shelves, under or above cabinets, under stairs, or over crown molding for subtle impact. Outdoors, rope lighting can be used to line garden beds or illuminate rock walls.

6. A distributed audio system.

Wire your speaker system throughout your house so you can listen to music in any room, at any time. Speakers are well hidden; they’re installed either in-wall or in-ceiling. Individual controls allow you to change the volume in each room. Some systems also include intercoms for easy communication across your home.

7. A wireless thermostat.

Install a digital and programmable thermostat that connects to your wireless network. It’s controllable from your smartphone, tablet, or computer, so you can change the temperature at home from anywhere. Heat up or cool down the house before you come home from work, and save energy while you’re away.

8. Security monitoring.

High quality video security systems allow you to keep an eye on your home from anywhere. Interior systems allow you to check on pets or children remotely, and exterior security gives you peace of mind that your home is secure.

9. A home automation system.

Combine all your home systems into one remotely operated system. Home automation systems allow you to control lighting, heating and cooling, ventilation, security, and locks from anywhere. Some systems also allow for easy voice control commands while you’re at home.

10. Automatic lights.

Automatic lights add convenience to your home, particularly when installed in closets and pantries. As soon as the door opens, the light comes on, and when the door is closed, the light is automatically switched off. You can also opt for motion sensor lights that detect your movement and switch off by themselves.

Looking to upgrade your wiring system to incorporate some of these great ideas? Blue Collar Electric is happy to help our clients with all their lighting and electrical needs. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you get the most out of your home.



By Danielle Mohr: Fine Point Writing & Editing (finepointwriting.ca)