Electricity Tips for New Homeowners of Old Homes

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Electricity Tips for New Homeowners of Old Homes

Hi, my name is Henry. I grew up in an old home and saw my parents frequently tackle projects such as rewiring the home or installing new garage doors to meet updated safety standards. As a kid, it just felt like a lot of busy activity, but as I got older and began working in real estate, I could see how essential these tasks were to owners of old homes. If you are a new homeowner with an old home, you are in for a treat, but you will also face challenges inherent with owning a home with old wiring. To help you, this blog has tips on repairing, rewiring and assessing the electricity in old homes. Thanks for reading!

Understanding Two Choices You Have for Temporary Power

Temporary power can be needed for hosting a backyard party, for when you know a storm may knock out the power to your home, or for presentations or stage shows. You have many choices for temporary power and may easily get overwhelmed by those options, so note a few important factors about the two most popular options, power boxes and generators. This will ensure you make the right choice for the power you need.

1. Temporary power distribution centers or boxes

A temporary power distribution center or box is like a very large battery with outlets for plugs. These are often the size of a small stool and usually have legs so they can safely remain upright and a sturdy housing that protects them from inclement weather. 

The benefit of using such a temporary power box is that you don't need to do any prep work for the box to work. Like a battery, it holds the power you need in its housing; this means not having to fill it with gas like you would a generator. The drawback of such a temporary power box is that it only provides so much power and will run out of electricity once it's drained, just like a battery. If you know exactly how much power you'll  need and don't anticipate running overtime with your stage presentation or backyard party, this can be a good choice. However, if you need a temporary power source with potentially unlimited power, a generator can be a better option.

2. Generators

A generator has the advantage of unlimited power, as long as it's filled with fuel. This can make it the better choice for temporary power after a storm, as you may not know when power will be restored, or for large parties when you aren't sure of how much power you'll actually need. Certain types of generators can also be connected to your home's actual electrical connections so that it comes on automatically when the power goes out, saving you the trouble of having to start it on your own.

The downside of a generator is that it does need to be kept full of fuel; if you're not comfortable handling gasoline or keeping it with you as you operate the generator, it may not be the right choice. It also needs proper ventilation, as the use of fuel does create emissions. If that stage presentation is indoors and there is little ventilation in that area or you don't have a garage or other well-ventilated area for home use, you might want to use a power box instead.

For more information and help making the right choice for your needs, contact a local electrical company like Electcraft Power