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Power Up: 3 Electrical Upgrades for Your New Home

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When you build a custom home, you have the opportunity to get everything exactly the way you want it. You plan for all the specific details. Now that your custom home is in the planning phase, don't cut corners on the electrical system. Here are three specific electrical upgrades you need to include in your new home.

1. Smart Home Technology

Now that you have plans to design your own home, make sure you include smart home technology. Smart home technology does more than provide you with easier access. When your home is wired for smart technology, you're always as close as you are to your cell phone. This technology allows you to remain in contact with your home’s operating system wherever you are.
Take a look at the various ways you can control your home through smart technology.
Locks
If you've ever left home and then wondered if you locked the doors, you need smart home technology. With a tap on your smartphone, you can check the locks on your home. You can also set the alarm system, in case you forgot to do that before you left home. As an added benefit, you can let your kids into the house when they forget their house key and you're miles away at work.
Lighting
When you're away from home, you may be concerned about break-ins. Criminals often canvas neighborhoods in search of good targets. In most cases, they look for either homes that have no lights on or homes that have lights on around the clock. Those are both signs that the occupants have left town.
Smart home technology allows you to control the lighting from your smart phone. You can turn the lights off and on from wherever you are, and at different times of the day or night.
Garage Door
When your car is loaded with merchandise, or the weather is bad, you want to get inside your garage as quickly as possible. With smart home technology, you can control your garage door from your cell phone, opening and closing it easily.
Irrigation Systems
Your plants and lawn don't cease their need for water just because you leave town. Unfortunately, when you're out of town, you may have no way to control the amount of water they receive. But with your smart home technology, you can control your irrigation system through the mobile app.

2. Plenty of In-House Outlets

When you plan for the power in your rooms, don't cut yourself short. You need to have at least one power outlet on each wall in your home, especially in the bedrooms. The increased outlets will allow you to decorate your rooms without worrying about access to power.
Don't forget to have GFCI outlets installed in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and garage. If your plans include a multi-level home, don't forget to add at least one power outlet, light fixture, and light switch to your stairway.

3. Additional Access to Outdoor Power

If you don't have plans for outdoor power supplies, you should talk to your electrician. Outdoor power is essential, especially during the holidays. The addition of outdoor electrical wiring also provides you with the power you'll need for future landscaping projects like in-ground pools or decks. If you already have power to your backyard, you won't need to invest in costly rewiring projects should you decide to make additions to your yard.
When you sit down to design your new home, don't forget about the electrical system. Essential electrical upgrades and additions make your home safer, more efficient, and more accessible. For information on how to upgrade the electrical system on your home, contact us at Supreme Electric.