The electrical circuitry in older homes was not built to withstand the demand of electricity to power today's appliances and electronics. More importantly, overloaded electrical circuitry is a fire hazard. If you live in a large older home and are having a problem with not having enough wall outlets for all of your gadgets and are concerned about fire hazards, you may need to consider upgrading your electrical system.
While this type of project can be costly, it's better to err on the side of caution than to continue overloading the circuitry. Here are 3 common problems to figure out.
There are not enough wall outlets
To give an electrical contractor a better idea of what your family's particular needs are regarding the electrical outlets, create a room-by-room list of all the appliances, electronics, and other devices that you will need to plug in. Of course, you'll need to keep in mind that there are limitations that are set forth by local building code authorities. Your electrical contractor will be able to tell you whether or not your ideal number of electrical outlets in each room will be feasible and meet the code requirements without exceeding code limitations.
The rooms are too large to use wall outlets
The location of the outlets in the rooms will also need to be determined, especially if the number of outlets is increasing. However, walls are not the only places where electrical outlets can be installed. In many older homes, rooms are rather large, which can present a problem with having electrical outlets where you need them, such as if you'd like to have a lamp beside a sofa that is in the middle of the room. Fortunately, outlets can be installed directly in the flooring, which can help you to avoid running extension cords that can get in the way and be fire hazards.
The fuse box location is no longer up to code
Obviously, your fuse box will need to be upgraded to an electrical panel that will be able to handle the load of the new electrical circuitry. You'll need to find out if the location of your current fuse box is still up to building code. It's likely that you may need to relocate the new electrical panel to another area in the house. The building code authority will have guidelines as to the appropriate locations in your home for your new electrical panel.