Electrical Design for Renovations and New Homes

Over the last few years, we have seen a boom in both significant home renovations and new construction. It is an exciting time as homeowners, interior designers and builders are incorporating thoughtful design details into their projects. But at the same time we need our Electrical Safety.

LED LIGHTS:Light fixtures that are recessed in the ceiling to shine down on a space are called “downlights.” Sometimes called “can lights” or “pot lights,” retrofit LED downlights can be installed into existing fixtures by removing the original bulb and trim before screwing in an LED module adapter into the socket. Not only are the LEDs 85% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, they produce less heat. This saves additional money on your electricity bill as you’ll spend less AC trying to cool a room that your light bulbs are busy heating up. Once the power is out to the room, it can take less than two minutes to install your new LED downlight.

Attic HVAC unit: Most attic A/C air handlers we see are located in an unconditioned area. We are starting to see “green” homes in which the attic unit is built in a “conditioned” room. In other words, the A/C unit cools itself — making it run far more efficiently and extending the life of the unit. Very cool.

Electric outlets: Incorporating combo electrical outlet/USB ports into key areas in the kitchen,by bed tables and in home offices can make charging your devices far more convenient.While we typically are reluctant to hard wire technology into a home (because of how quickly technology changes and thereby “dating” your home), we think the day-to-day practical benefits of this feature outweigh the costs of upgrading them over time.

Solar tubes: Solar tubes are cylinders connecting from the roof to a ceiling bringing natural light into a home at a fraction of a cost of skylights. They help save electricity costs and can brighten up an otherwise dark part of the home.

Home automation or domotics is building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems.

Motion Switches: Whether used indoors or out, motion sensors add convenience and safety to your home. They also improve energy efficiency by automatically turning your lights on and off. Indoor Convenience Forgetting to turn lights off indoors is a huge waste of energy, but that can be easily resolved with a motion detector light switch.

For new home electrical installs and extensive renovations there are a number of new energy efficient option you can choose, want more idea about lighting renovation visit https://www.astarcalgary.ca/residential-services/.

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