Redesigning Electrical Layouts for Home-Office Workers

6 January 2017
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Working from home is well past being a new-wave, experimental way to work. From freelancers to full-time employees, W-2 workers across the United States and the world who have a computer and an Internet connection have become a staple to agile productivity. Like any great innovation, home offices have developed to the point that new, advanced tasks and techniques can be done at home, but not all homes are equipped with what they need to support these new demands. To understand what is needed, why the changes are important, and how to make changes with as little cost as possible, consider these few computer and electrical points that might benefit from an upgrade.

Hard-Wired Connectivity

Wireless Internet has made it easier to get a lot of work done without being tethered to a power or Internet cable, but it isn't perfect for everything.

Since wireless Internet is literally a series of radio waves that move through the air, there's a constant issue of losing some information due to interference and absorption. Security is also an issue because in theory, no matter how good your encryption or security procedures are, if someone is able to intercept your free-flying radio waves, they can just spend time figuring out how to crack the information's code. 

For this reason, many businesses require their telecommuters to have a wired Internet connection. It's harder to steal information from a physical cable, and the data is more consistent because lost packets aren't being re-sent nearly as often as with wireless connections. If you need more places to connect your computer with a network cable, an electrician can give you the help and more.

Although network cables are in the domain of Information Technology (IT) professionals, anyone adding additional cables must be aware of any electrical cables in the wall. Punching a hole in the wrong area can lead to expensive electrical-wiring damage that a separate electrician would have to come fix, and some wires need to be avoided because of their high temperatures that could melt network cable shielding.

In addition to knowing how to avoid certain cables, an electrician installing any kind of cabling can help you spot anything that needs to be repaired or upgraded for your home office—some of which should be changed whether you thought of it or not.

Electrical-Load Balancing

If you're adding more computers, displays, and office equipment to your home, you're adding more electrical load to specific outlets. Think about your home-office setup and how many devices are put together for convenience.

Don't start spreading out devices to other outlets to be safe because that's not nearly enough. Entire walls and sometimes full rooms are on the same electrical circuit, and although modern homes are build to support the modern family's living essentials and entertainment devices, additional home-office equipment may push your home's electrical load over the edge.

Instead of wondering whether a few more devices will be too much, an electrician can figure out whether your home is nearing an overburdened, electrical blackout–inducing problem. Additional wiring can be added, and even a separate electrical meter with a circuit breaker can be installed for both spreading the load of power and separating your home office's electrical bill for tax purposes.

Contact an electrical-systems installation professional to discuss home-office upgrades and any repairs you may need.