There’s no doubt about it. Building a new home is exciting. It’s a long journey that can be both stressful and rewarding. However, when it comes to the electrics, it’s important to plan it early, you don’t want to overlook things that will end up being difficult to fix down the track.
Things like light placement and power point placement are much better to get right the first time. You may even be able to save on the energy bills down the track if you try and mix in some natural lighting and heating solutions.
There’s a lot to consider when designing the electrics for a new home, but with careful planning and the help from professionals you’ll never look back and might even save a bit of money.
Consult an Electrician
The first thing you need to do when considering electrics for a new home is to consult an electrician. A good electrician will be able to sit down with you during the design stage and offer suggestions about where all the electronics will go. It’s much better to plan in the early stages when the house is a frame, rather than down the track, when all the walls are fixed in place. Not only will leaving it late take longer, but it will also end up costing you more money.
One of the first things to think about when designing a house is where powerpoints and the wiring for communication devices will be located. It needs to be one of the first consideration of the design, as there’s no point putting a powerpoint in a place where it won’t be accessible later, such as under a bed, or in a hard to reach corner. Take a while to consider where furniture will go, or where appliances will sit on the benchtop. It’s much easier to build electronics into a house during its construction than having to cut open walls after the house is finished.
Plan Your lighting
Have a think about where will people will be situated in the house. Make sure that every light serves a purpose, whether it be to illuminate a hallway or provide enough light to read for someone sitting on the couch. It’s also possible to have too many lights. Lights that are too close together might be overkill and end up wasting your energy.
Think About Efficiency
The design stage of your house is the perfect time to think about energy saving measures. Try to incorporate sources of natural lighting, such as skylights or larger windows. A good way to make sure this is efficient as possible is to design rooms with the right aspect so that they receive more lighting during different times of the year.
Some living rooms and bedrooms may even be more suitable for smaller lamps, so there might not be a need for numerous inbuilt lights. Dimmer switches can go a long way to improve the mood of a room, but can also save a lot of numerals on the energy bill. On the climate control front, try to think about heat flow and how it works with the aspect and size of rooms. When designed correctly rooms should be easy to heat in winter and easier to vent in summer.
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