Planning a Kitchen Remodel? Updating Your Electrical System is Important, Too.

newly remodeled kitchenIf you’ve been thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you probably have researched different brands and types of appliances, flooring, wall coverings, and more. But one of the most important parts of a kitchen remodel is updating your electrical system as well, especially if you live in an older home. That’s because many times, electrical components wear down over the years, and local codes may change which can affect your home’s electrical system.

And, there are many different lighting, fan, and outlet options available today that may not have been on the market when your kitchen was initially constructed. In this article, we’ll talk about potential electrical upgrades you might want to consider when planning a kitchen remodel, and how Burkhardt can help with your electrical needs. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Things to Consider When Planning a Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling an old, outdated kitchen can be exciting. You may be tired of the color of your walls, the type of flooring you have, and your old appliances. Your electrical system, while not as fun to think about, is equally important and something that must be considered. Here are a few things to think about when planning your kitchen remodel:

  1. Age of Electrical System: If you live in an older home, or you have purchased an older home but have never remodeled any spaces, an electrical upgrade may be in order. Older homes may not have the correct circuitry for modern appliances. For instance, today’s electric ranges and refrigerators generally need dedicated outlets. And, it can be beneficial to have separate outlets for such appliances as microwaves, dishwashers, and garbage disposals.
  2. Local Building Codes: Sometimes, building codes change and there are different electrical requirements in place than there were when the residence was built. It’s important to choose a licensed electrician who knows what the building codes are, and what permits and inspections are needed for a kitchen remodel.
  3. Types of Lighting: There are so many lighting options available today that make navigating your kitchen easier. Task lighting above the sink and food prep areas, accent lighting under countertops, and ambient centralized lighting can make your kitchen bright, cheerful, and easier to use. Most modern fixtures are built to use high-efficiency bulbs, too, so you can enjoy better lighting and energy savings.
  4. Types of Outlets: Outlets are perhaps the most important part of a kitchen remodel, as there are different requirements based on the size of the appliance they will serve, their location, and their main use. Large appliances need dedicated outlets that are for their use only, and smaller appliances that are situated on the countertop near your sink need outlets with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). These types of outlets can protect you from the risk of electrocution by cutting off the power supply should the appliance become wet.
  5. Range Hood: Gone are the days when there were few options for the range hood over your stove. Today’s range hoods are made to blend in with your décor and your kitchen environment. They are much quieter than their predecessors and offer more attractive lighting as well. Not only do they look better, but they also perform better – by keeping smoke, moisture, and odors out of your kitchen, a good range hood can help keep indoor air quality at a comfortable level.

Can Burkhardt help me find the right electrical solutions for my kitchen remodeling project?

We can! We offer a comprehensive listing of electrical solutions for your kitchen remodeling project, including rewiring, inspection and testing, full-service electrical upgrades, outlets, lighting, and more. We are ready to help you create the kitchen of your dreams!

When you need an electrician for your kitchen remodeling project, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, Electrical & Generators to meet your needs. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance. Please contact us at 985.626.7741.

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