Creating a business or working at your current job in a small office position from home is not always as easy as setting up a computer in a spare room or a corner. Depending on the quality of your electrical wiring, the increasing demands and supporting devices may be too much for your home. Before buying too much equipment and being disappointed by outages and other electrical failures, consider a few small office needs and their relationship to the electrical system.
Necessary Equipment For Working At Home
The basics of working at home are often underrated. A computer is just the start, and you may be surprised at the additional devices and connections that can place additional burden on the electrical wiring.
Starting with the computer, consider everything that needs an electrical plug:
- The computer. Computers are available in different power supply wattage ratings, which can vary depending on the purpose of your computer. Some graphic design computers can exceed 800w (watts), although there is no official number in the constantly changing world of computers.
- Monitors. The monitor needs its own power cable, but many productive workers need multiple monitors. Many businesses require multiple monitors for their workers due to the well-tested benefits, so if you're thinking of skimping on multiple monitors, be prepared for the addition in case its needed later.
- Speakers. Whether you need music for entertainment or need to work with sound as part of your job, many speaker systems require their own power plug.
- Network devices. Being connected to the Internet means that there's a router or modem somewhere in the building. Each device needs its own power, and the power needs to be stable, as even a blackout of a few seconds can disconnect you from your work completely.
In addition to these items, think about the equipment that the computer doesn't require, but that your computer may need:
- Landline phone
- Cell phone charger
- Backup power supply for electronics
Some computers may need specific cooling devices such as powerful fans or a new air conditioner. All of these extra pieces of equipment can create new electrical demand that could push your wiring over the edge when connected to a single electrical circuit.
An Electrician Can Help You Prepare For High Electrical Demand
The biggest issue with all of these devices is their impact on or inefficient wiring. Copper wiring used for residential electricity can become brittle due to the normal wear and tear of having electricity--a significant source of heat--coursing through the wiring on a regular basis.
Home wiring can still be a problem even if its newer and in good physical condition. If you have multiple rooms connected to a continuous circuit of wiring, there is a much bigger load of electricity that could lead to blackouts. Either through overloading the breaker panel or causing wires to overheat and break apart, a poorly divided set of electrical circuits can spell disaster for a home office.
An electrician can replace old wiring and create more efficient wiring systems to divide the load. Not only can multiple circuits be created for each room or wall, a single circuit can be designed with more wiring to spread out the heat and potential damage caused by electricity usage.
Contact an electrician, such as those at Crown Electric Ltd, to evaluate your home for small office use and to begin electrical upgrades.