For many, working from home has presented a variety of opportunities as well as challenges. Knowing how to properly set up the electrical wiring in your home office can have a lasting impact on your productivity and never leave you feeling disconnected.
The team at Gulf Coast Electric is prepared with a list of the best tips and tricks to successfully wiring the electrics in your at-home office space.
Do You Have Enough Outlets?
Electricians generally aren’t fans of extension cords. Not only are they an eyesore and take up unnecessary space, they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Extension cords have been known to overheat and spark electrical fires, so using proper outlets will always be the better option.
To avoid the use of them, do a quick assessment of how many outlets you would need to properly power your home office. If the amount you need is more than the amount you have, an electrician can be called to install more in optimal spaces. A professional might even suggest installing USB outlets that offer more plug-in options and increase the functionality of power outlets.
Connect Your Computer
Different outlets may be used all over your home office, but it’s important that your desktop computer has its own dedicated circuit. Computers use a lot of power and energy, so refrain from having them share an outlet with another device to avoid blowing a fuse, tripping a breaker or losing power altogether.
This necessary safety feature isolates your computer’s use of power from other large devices such as TVs and refrigerators.
Consider Investing In A Power Conditioner
While this gadget isn’t a necessity, it does add an extra layer of protection to all of the devices using power in your office space. A basic conditioner may be purchased at a local electronics store and is used to sterilize energy before it reaches the devices that are plugged into it. They are used to prevent high voltage and keep your gadgets safe from faulty energy waves.
Get a Reliable Internet Connection
While Wi-Fi is the most common resource for internet connection, it isn’t always stable. Because you will require a hefty amount of internet access to successfully work in your office space, installing hard-wired internet is suggested for stability and strength.
While a professional is needed to perform outlet installations, there are basic, everyday tasks you can do to keep your home office devices running at their best.
Unplug appliances when they aren’t being used
Keep cords from running near doors and windows, under rugs or carpets
Ensure your smoke detector is up-to-date
Inspect cords for damage regularly
Don’t overwork outlets
Book A Home-Wiring Electrician
If you aren’t certain that your home office is ready for all the energy it’s going to need, schedule a home visit with an experienced electrician. These professionals deal in specialty wiring specifically for in-home use, so they can make sure you have all the resources you need to be productive as you work from home.
For all electrical services for your home office and more, call the pros at Gulf Coast Electric.