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Electrical Upgrades To Improve Your Work-From-Home Experience

18.08.21 05:06 PM By Brandon

With the ongoing pandemic, many continue to work remotely for at least part of their work week. However, maintaining a work-from-home environment is not always as glamorous as it seems and can present challenges for many people. Social isolation, distractions, and technical difficulties can make it hard to focus and stay productive. Thankfully there are upgrades to electrical systems that can enhance your home office experience to keep your focus on getting your work done. ONE Service Pros can help you work from home more comfortably.

Home Office Lighting

The lighting in your home office should be white, diffused, and indirect. Choosing LED options over florescent bulbs will provide the best lighting for video call quality. Ensuring quality lighting in the correct places will make a tremendous difference in your visibility during team calls. Eliminate shadows by avoiding overhead lighting or lighting from behind you. Installing dimmer switches will allow for adjusting as daylight shifts and can help minimize glare on your monitor. Additionally, proper lighting can help prevent headaches, improve visibility of items on your desk, and keep you focused and energized. Better than any light our pros can install, though: natural light is ideal, so try opening the shades!

shower head against wall tile
shower head against wall tile

Home Office Lighting

The lighting in your home office should be white, diffused, and indirect. Choosing LED options over florescent bulbs will provide the best lighting for video call quality. Ensuring quality lighting in the correct places will make a tremendous difference in your visibility during team calls. Eliminate shadows by avoiding overhead lighting or lighting from behind you. Installing dimmer switches will allow for adjusting as daylight shifts and can help minimize glare on your monitor. Additionally, proper lighting can help prevent headaches, improve visibility of items on your desk, and keep you focused and energized. Better than any light our pros can install, though: natural light is ideal, so try opening the shades!

shower head against wall tile

Electrical Panel Upgrade

If you're working more at home, there's a chance that other members of your family are as well. With the increase of electric demands from using computers and other devices, our electrical panel is likely working just as hard.

 

If you've noticed weird things with the power in your home office - flickering or dimming lights, humming or buzzing sounds, warm cover plates, or even a slight zap or tingle from a switch or appliance are all signs or an electrical overload. Have one of our electric pros inspect your panel to properly address the increased power load to keep your home safe and running smoothly.

shower head against wall tile

Electrical Panel Upgrade

If you're working more at home, there's a chance that other members of your family are as well. With the increase of electric demands from using computers and other devices, our electrical panel is likely working just as hard.

 

If you've noticed weird things with the power in your home office - flickering or dimming lights, humming or buzzing sounds, warm cover plates, or even a slight zap or tingle from a switch or appliance are all signs or an electrical overload. Have one of our electric pros inspect your panel to properly address the increased power load to keep your home safe and running smoothly.

USB Outlets

It’s amazing just how many things we plug in just to get through the day. Your laptop, secondary monitor, printer, router, phone charger, and other office equipment will fill your electrical outlets quickly. In order to eliminate the use of unsightly - and unsafe - extension cords and surge strips - consider upgrading your home office’s old duplex outlets to USB outlets. This type of electrical outlet accommodates two three-prong plugs as well as two USB cords all at once. This means more plug space, and your phone will always be charged for the next conference call. 

shower head against wall tile
shower head against wall tile

USB Outlets

It’s amazing just how many things we plug in just to get through the day. Your laptop, secondary monitor, printer, router, phone charger, and other office equipment will fill your electrical outlets quickly. In order to eliminate the use of unsightly - and unsafe - extension cords and surge strips - consider upgrading your home office’s old duplex outlets to USB outlets. This type of electrical outlet accommodates two three-prong plugs as well as two USB cords all at once. This means more plug space, and your phone will always be charged for the next conference call. 

Dedicated Circuit

A dedicated circuit delivers power to one appliance only. While your computer equipment may not draw enough power to require a dedicated circuit, using this equipment on a shared circuit, puts you at risk of popping a breaker if too many things are going on at once. Installing an outlet on a dedicated breaker prevents fluctuations caused by other devices and ensures an uninterrupted workflow.

Power Conditioner

Another smart upgrade is a power conditioner, which is a device that offers added protection against power surges, spikes, and brownouts. A power conditioner protects your equipment from power surges, helps to correct voltage, and can also prevent the hum of line noise and improve connection stability. A power conditioner filters out “dirty” power and keeps equipment safer, lasting for as long as possible, and functioning at top speed.

When your equipment isn’t protected by a top-notch power conditioner, it is vulnerable to dips and spikes in your electric current that causes damage to equipment. You can even hook up yourlighting to a power conditioner to protect it from electrical current and surge damage.

Hard Wired Internet

In this age of digital work environments and video calls, few things are more frustrating and crippling than an unstable or dropped internet connection. To prevent yourself from dealing with this headache, skip the WiFi and go with a hard-wired internet connection. This upgrade can result in a more stable connection which means fewer problems with your video conferences and faster file uploads.

Whole House Surge Protector

Power surges aren't new, but the need for effective whole house surge protector installation is greater than ever. Some of the largest power surges come from within your home and not just from thunderstorms or other external activity like many believe. 

 

When upgrading electrical wiring, adequate surge suppression should be considered. While inexpensive plug-in surge strips offer some protection, these individual suppressors function best as a second layer of protection after a whole-house surge suppressor installation. The reason for this is that we have more electronic devices in the home than ever before.

 

A whole-house suppressor instantly blocks the surge from entering home circuits to provide comprehensive lightning protection. Individual plug-in suppressors can’t protect electronics that aren’t plugged in, but are hard-wired instead. Many expensive electrical devices, including major appliances like stoves, washers and dishwashers, as well as garage door openers and HVAC equipment, are hard-wired directly into your house electrical circuits. Security systems, sprinkler systems, and exterior lighting are hard-wired too. Only a whole-house suppressor which protects all circuits from surges protects these hard-wired devices.

To add an extra layer of protection for your electronics and home systems, call our pros today. Visit our specials page for details on how to save on your panel upgrade or electrical service.