Work from home is not a new concept, but it has definitely grown in popularity over the past few years. Newly-minted remote workers have had to make adjustments in their work habits and even personal lives to meet the new workplace expectations.
Home upgrades have also been necessary in some cases. Some workers have had to amp up their Internet service, create a home office, and adjust lighting. For long-term success in remote work, the following home electrical upgrades could help boost productivity.
The amount and type of lighting in a workspace has a real impact on overall room ambiance, focus, and energy levels. Poor lighting can cause eye strain, headaches, and drowsiness. Depending on the type of work being down, remote workers may need overhead lighting, ambient lighting, and even task lighting. The right setup will help maximize productivity and overall satisfaction during the work day.
- Dedicated Computer Circuit
Older homes are ill-equipped to meet the demands of modern living, and working from home further increases the risk of overloading an outdated circuit. Tripped circuits can damage sensitive electronics and lead to lost files. Though a circuit breaker helps protect against electrical damage, an outdated electrical system doesn’t offer a strong guarantee.
Installing a dedicated circuit for the home office could help minimize risk and keep the work day going smoothly.
- Hard-Wired Connection
A typical Wi-Fi connection may offer inconsistent Internet access and be vulnerable to hackers. Other drawbacks of standard Wi-Fi are poor security, sketchy videoconference performance, overload from multiple devices, and latency. A hard-wired Internet connection offers greater security and connectivity, and has room for multiple devices without slowing down Internet speeds.
- Panel Upgrade
The electrical panel forms the backbone of modern electrical systems in the home. Appliances, the HVAC system, lighting, and electronic devices all rely on the electrical system to function properly. A panel upgrade may be necessary to lessen the load and prevent tripped circuit breakers. A panel that is more than 15 years old definitely needs an upgrade to keep the home safe.
If you need any assistance making electrical upgrades to your home, give Blue Apple Electric a call!
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