There are a number of specialty projects that you can undertake to improve your home's electrical system. Few of these are in the wheelhouse of the average home electrician, and most will require specialized experience, tools or training. The most commonly-attempted upgrades for most residential properties are the installation of solar panels or the connection of a permanent standby generator. When it comes time to wire these components into your home, there are specific details that you'll need to know so that you can properly inform your electrician and get an accurate quote.
Size, Kilowatts Per Hour and Systems
It's easy to believe that both size and kilowatt per hour production are directly related, but this isn't always the case. Both are important details, as you may plan to run a generator at a reduced capacity in order to save on fuel costs during an outage. In addition, the nature of the system you're installing should be disclosed as well, so that your grid-tie solar array can be properly fed into your municipal utility lines.
Some generator and solar panel installers may have electricians on staff, but if you choose to contract your own for any reason, you'll be best served if you can bring them up to speed quickly. Make sure that you get an accurate time frame for completion as well, so that your electrician can show up promptly when the rest of the project is finished. If there are delays, make sure you pass that information on to your electrician as soon as possible so that they can adjust their arrival time accordingly, or make other arrangements.
Which Parts of Your Home are Being Connected?
With both solar panels and standby generators, it's not uncommon for only a limited portion of a home to be connected. This could be essential appliances or systems, like water heaters, HVAC and some lighting. Clearly communicating the final outcome of your project will make the planning stage far easier for any electrician you involve.
With limited components of a home being connected to solar panels or backup power, there will be a great deal of additional work to do. This will include running new conduits, installing a new circuit breaker, or even connecting an entirely separate breaker box before the work can be done. Without these details, your electrician won't be able to properly prepare for the job, and may leave you waiting even longer for the work to be completed.
Using separate contractors for installation and wiring of new electrical components can be a good way to save money. However, without clear and concise communication, that savings won't be worth the added hassle involved in getting the work done. For more information, contact Williams Electric Supply or a similar company.