Don't Start A Home Office Without An Electrical Inspection

Justin Ross

As home offices become easier to set up and more efficient for the modern worker, more people may put themselves at risk of complete failure. Even though sitting at a computer in your own home seems easy, there could be electrical problems and a lack of computer support in your home that might not be obvious until you're too late. To avoid losing valuable hours out of your day and even the privilege of working from home, consider a few important inspection points that could make or break your home office's efficiency. 

Old Homes Need A New Inspection

Electrical wiring changes throughout the decades, which can mean different degrees of sophistication depending on how old or well designed your home is. Although there are many different techniques that can be used for home electrical wiring, the big concern is balancing the load of electricity throughout the home.

A building needs to be split into multiple circuits. A circuit is a continuous connection of electricity that goes in a full loop from start to finish and back to the start, allowing a continuous loop of power. It's possible to push too much power through the circuit by demanding electricity on a single circuit, which is alleviated by adding more circuits.

Unfortunately, some residential buildings are designed with different time period lifestyles in mind. Even the world of the 1980s can be vastly different than the year 2015, with different amounts of consumer electronics in the home. You may have lived in a home that was designed with boom boxes, big stereos and other electronics in mind, or you may be in a home designed for only the most basic electrical needs.

Connecting a computer to any of the more basic electrical designs can be a recipe for disaster. With all of the different devices needed to support a computer--the computer itself, the monitor, speakers, a printer and networking devices--you may quickly add too much of a burden on the circuit.

An electrician needs to inspect the wiring to see what kind of lifestyle can be supported by the wiring. If the home isn't sufficient, there are a few things that the electrician can do to help.

Wiring Changes For Safety And Convenience

To avoid overloading your home's circuits and causing a blackout or other electrical damage, the safe thing to do is to split the electrical circuits even further. The main question involves figuring out how to split the wiring.

You could split up the home by room and create a specific room with the electrical support for computers. This newly designated computer room could have two electrical circuits: one for the computer systems and another for the daily use electronics that aren't related to the computer.

You could ask for a complete overhaul that splits circuits throughout the entire home, or have additional wire paths added to existing circuits. By adding more wires to the same circuit, electricity can be spread amongst multiple wires for the same purpose with reduced heat from electricity. The breaker panel burden at the end of the circuit is the same, but fire hazards can be reduced.

Contact an electrical services company like G.J. Rossi & Son to evaluate your options for the right techniques for your home office.