When you decide to add a new room in your home, there are many different things to consider. One of the bigger things is adding to the electrical system. You will need everything from outlets and switches, to air conditioning and heat in the new room. Here are some electrical considerations to keep in mind.
Where to Put Outlets and Switches
When you are adding a brand new room, one of the biggest considerations to make is where you will place the outlets and switches, and how many you need. This will depend on the house's current electrical work and the size of the room. Also consider the main purpose of this room. If you are adding on a room that is meant to be a home office, you will probably want more outlets than if it was a bedroom or play room for your kids. Offices require more electronic equipment, therefore they need extra outlets. Design the electrical system so that there are multiple outlets, with at least one on every wall. Long walls should have more than one outlet to accommodate different lighting fixtures or electrical equipment.
Adding an HVAC System
Some electrical work is also needed in order to utilize the home's current HVAC system. A new room won't automatically have the proper ductwork done or have a thermostat installed. It does require some electrical knowledge in order to install the thermostat to get heating or air conditioning in that room. Not all rooms will have their own thermostat, but this is something to consider if it will be a large room or if the room is used for certain purposes where it needs to be a little warmer or cooler than the rest of the home.
Ground Circuit for Computers
If the room you are adding is going to have a computer, make sure you have a ground circuit installed. This includes a home office or a bedroom where the family member uses their own personal computer often. Having a ground circuit installed protects the computer and data from damage. The ground circuit is installed in the ground of the room and helps to prevent power surges. The computer should also be plugged into a surge protector, and never right into the electrical outlet.
Installing Ceiling Fixtures
Also consider what type of lighting the room needs and whether or not you want ceiling fixtures. Smaller rooms might not have the space for side tables and lamps or floor lamps, and will do better with a lighting fixtures installed in the ceiling. This allows for ample light without taking up space in the room itself. It can also be convenient in terms of designing the room. Contact a local home electrician for more information.