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How To Plan The Number Of Power Plugs Needed Based On The Area Of Your Home

13/10/2014 | created by : RENOF
Home Decoration, Home Design, Home Remodelling Malaysia


  

A lot of thought and planning go into putting together a home in the right way, and planning the electrical system is a prime example. Installing the proper number of plugs in the interior of the home is a matter of safety, convenience, and can even govern the decorations which you are able to install. So, what are some of the standards we need to know about electrical plugs? Are there any special requirements when it comes to plug installation? How do we go about planning the number of power plugs we will need based on the area of the home? Let's answer these questions.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STANDARDS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PLUG INSTALLATION?

One of the basic standards you should be aware of is smallest allowable number of electrical outlets which is permissible in a room of given size. The electrical code states that in any given room, there should be an outlet six feet or less from a door, and the same distance would apply when measuring the distance to an outlet from the corner of a wall. Keep in mind, a wall that is shorter than twelve feet long and has no opening for a door in it, is allowed to have only one plug. Walls that are in excess of twelve feet long are required to have at least two outlets. These standards were put into place partially because many standard devices are equipped with six foot long cords, and having too much distance between outlets can promote the overuse of extension cords and power strips, which can be a cause of concern for possible overloads and potentially fires and shorts.

ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS WHEN IT COMES TO PLUG INSTALLATIONS?

Be aware that the plug spacing requirement is basically meant to cover the living spaces of the home, bedrooms, kitchens, etc. It can be helpful to consult with a local contractor if questions arise as to where plugs should be placed, especially where renovation is concerned. Also ground fault protector equipped outlets should be used in the wetter areas such as bathrooms. 

HOW DO WE GO ABOUT PLANNING THE NUMBER OF POWER PLUGS WE WILL NEED BASED ON TOTAL HOME AREA?

Making sure that the installation of the proper number of outlets are provided for the home is important if the home is to be up to code. The basic method of estimating the proper number of outlets, without having a floor plan available, would be too add up all the linear feet of all the living areas of the home. You would then divide that by the number of required feet between outlets. That would give you a baseline number. At that point, it would also be necessary to figure out the sum of linear feet of wall in the non-living areas of the home, such as unfinished basement or garage. These areas require fewer plugs per wall, and by dividing the linear sum of these kinds of walls by the required number of plugs in these areas, you will derive another number. Adding the two sums together should provide a good idea of the needed number of plugs. Also, keep in mind that additional plugs can be added if additional capacity is required.










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