Working from home has become increasingly popular over the last 18 months. Obviously, the pandemic has been a significant driver for change. Now, some workers are choosing to continue to work from home. There are definite advantages for some. These include no lengthy commute, flexible timings and better lunches! But, whatever the reason, working from home requires some kind of home office. And that space will require safe and convenient electrical wiring. So, will your electrical wiring support your new home office lifestyle? Let’s have a look.
Electrical Wiring in Newer Homes
If your home was built in the last few decades, then chances are it’ll be straightforward to adapt. Essentially, this means there should be sufficient current availability. Plus, the general condition of the electrical wiring is likely to be ok. Therefore, adding a few additional power sockets and maybe upgrading the lighting won’t be a problem. However, all electrical work must be carried out by a licensed electrician. Rest assured; electrical fires caused by DIY electricians aren’t uncommon. So, now you’ll just need to add additional sockets for computers, printers, scanners and the like. At this stage, instead of adding well-placed sockets, it can be tempting to run various mains extensions and power boards. Well, it’s much safer and tidier to avoid that and add the sockets you need for a more permanent solution.
Wiring in Older Houses
Adding sockets and lighting to older electrical wiring can be more problematic. If your home is more than a few decades old, chances are the wiring may be old and therefore should be replaced before any upgrades or additions can begin. Also, the same may be true for the fuse box (or consumer unit). So, you’ll need to have your electrical supply and wiring inspected first, and then a game plan devised.