There is a growing trend for many people to perform a portion or even all of their work from home. As a result, many homeowners have taken a spare bedroom and converted it into a home office to accommodate the various electronics needed to fulfill their work responsibilities. What you may not realize is that the circuits and wiring needed for a home office are far different than those needed for a sleeping area.
The typical bedroom’s circuits and wiring include a wall switch and perhaps four outlets because all that was planned to meet code was little more than lighting and an alarm clock. Sometimes these rooms are not even wired enough for the increase in electronics often used in bedrooms today. When you add in a computer, printer, charging station, scanner, modem, router, and the other things needed to work from home, it can quickly overpower the circuits and wiring in place.
Oddly enough, even homes built with a dedicated home office space are not always wired sufficiently for all types of work environments. As you are setting up a home office, it is a good idea to call an electrician to have the circuits and wiring inspected. If you have already set up the area and are noticing difficulty, do not resort to power strips and extension cords. You should call to have more circuits and wiring installed to be safe. A common symptom of a problem is a dimming of lights or a computer monitor when you engage a printer or other piece of equipment. Tripping the circuit breaker often is another sign.
If you have or are considering a home office, give us a call at Mister Sparky by Wise Electric Control Inc. We want your work-from-home experience to be a pleasant one instead of turning into a no-more-home-at-all experience because an electrical fire resulted from overworked circuits and wiring. For all your electrical needs, call Mister Sparky!