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With all the new technologies hitting the market, it makes sense to consider updating your home’s electrical systems. Some appliances require a huge amount of power to operate; for example, central air conditioning can require 3,000-5,000 watts to operate. It is a good idea to consider updating your electrical system when undergoing a house renovation to expand the size of your home, as the system will have to handle more square footage. It is also a good idea to assess your current electrical system when adding one or more appliances that use a lot of wattage (such as central air conditioning).

Key Takeaways:

  • Most of today’s electronic devices use very little power, but some items – such as central air conditioning or a hot tub – are energy hogs.
  • Older homes usually have lower capacity to handle large, new electrical appliances.
  • Replacing your current panel box with a 200-amp panel will likely cost between $2,000 and $3,000.

“The best way to determine if you require an upgrade is to discuss the system with an electrician.”

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