A covered patio is like an extension of your own home. The outdoor living spaces are great for entertaining and enjoying warm days and nights. When designing and setting up a covered patio, you want to be sure that you have the ideal power for all of your needs in the area. Instead of running extension cords through the patio area, you can hire an electrical construction contractor to set up the ideal situation for your grilling needs. The following five upgrades can provide your outdoor patio area with everything you need to stay comfortable and enjoy the exterior living space.
Grilling Area Upgrades
One of the biggest focal points on an outdoor patio is the grilling area. This is where a lot of cooking and outdoor entertaining can be done. Through a variety of electrical upgrades, multiple outlets can be installed in this area to make grilling more convenient. The extra outlets can serve many purposes. For example, it allows you to expand your cooking options. The outlets will allow you to use electric griddles, slow cookers, and blenders at the same time as the grill. An electrical outlet can also be used for a mini-fridge. The fridge can be used to store fresh meats, condiments, and other extras like slices of cheese. By installing the electrical upgrades, the area is like your own exterior kitchen.
Exterior Ceiling Fans
Do not let extremely hot days deter you from spending time on your covered patio. Help push hot air and humidity out of the patio area by having exterior ceiling fans installed on the living space. An electrical contractor can wire the fans through the covered portion of the patio. Depending on the size of the patio, multiple set-ups can be installed to provide multiple ceiling fan areas. This is a great way to increase air flow and improve body comfort in the area.
Outdoor Entertainment Areas
If your patio acts as a second living room, then you can have a number of electrical upgrades installed to replicate this area. Outlets, cable jacks, and special wiring can all be installed to help create an ideal outdoor entertainment area. For example, you can have outlets installed for a television and extras like a digital cable box. Wiring and outlets can also be installed in the roof of a patio if you want to install a projector instead of leaving a television outside. A projector and screen is a great way to enjoy movies in an outdoor living space. Extra outlets installed in the area can allow you to plug in additional items like speaker bars, video game consoles, and digital HDMI streaming sticks.
Easily navigate your way around a patio at night with lighted pathway installations. Make it easy to walk and avoid tripping by having an electrical contractor install paver lights on your patio. Instead of sticking up from the ground, paver lights are flush with the ground material and can blend naturally in the patio. These lights can be wired through the ground or use an alternative energy source like solar power. The lights are ideal for the edge of the patio or places like the grilling area.
Instead of running in and out of the home to charge various devices, an electrician can install USB port outlets to various areas of the patio. Ideally, these port outlets will be installed next to a patio table area. With the ports, you can easily plug in phones, tablets, and other devices for charging. The ports also allow you to use a number of USB-powered devices on the patio. This includes small lamps, speakers, or USB-powered mini-fans.
As you plan out the various areas, it's important to set priorities and choose the upgrades that you want the most. This can help you stay within in budget and truly get the upgrades you want.