Update Your Kitchen Electrical System in Time for the Holidays

Is it your turn to host the holidays this year? One of the greatest joys of home ownership is being able to gather your loved ones together under one roof to prepare a big meal and enjoy each other’s company. However, if your home’s kitchen is outdated or has not been inspected in a number of years, you may find that the event is easily dampened. If you plan on having holiday guests over this holiday season, consider getting an electrical upgrade first. Here are some areas to pay attention to:

Wiring Faulty or old wiring is the cause of thousands of house fires a year. Because your wiring can get tested over the holidays by an increase in guests using electricity and more cooking than your kitchen appliances are used to, make sure you take care of wiring problems before the family comes over. Sixty amps used to be plenty of electricity to run a home, but new upgrades in technology now call for 200 or more amps. If you live in an old home and have not had your wiring inspected for some time, do it before the holidays hit.

Appliances  Your old oven might be fine for throwing a pizza in every once in a while, but how will it handle a turkey, three side dishes, and grandma’s apple pie? If you plan on holiday guests, you may find that your kitchen is not up to the task. That makes this a perfect time to install a new oven, refrigerator, or upgrade other outdated appliances that will make cooking easier.

Lighting  Your family is likely to gather in the kitchen over the holidays and there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to reconnect over a glass of wine while lights flicker or cast depressing shadows. Cooking, dining, and visiting are more enjoyable when you have updated lighting that provides the perfect atmosphere for the holidays. Consider upgrading lighting now to help you enjoy your kitchen more all year long.

There are numerous advantages to updating your kitchen’s electrical components before the holidays. With updated wiring, you won’t have to worry about blowing a fuse when you try to run the microwave and blender at the same time. Updated appliances are not only more user-friendly and result in better meals, but they also make your kitchen look modern and attractive. Finally, new wiring, lighting, and appliances make for a much safer atmosphere and you can put worries of fires and other mishaps out of your mind as you enjoy time with your family.

The focus should be on your family members this holiday season, not on worries about fitting leftovers into your old fridge or starting a fire with outdated wiring. Consider having a professional electrician come in to inspect your kitchen before the holidays to make suggestions on upgrades that can improve the safety and look of your family’s favorite gathering spot.