Every year, more and more drivers are purchasing electric vehicles or EVs. With the high cost of fuel and the tax benefits offered by the IRS for buying an EV, it makes sense that you will see more of these vehicles on the road. If you are considering buying an EV in the near future, you will need to make some electrical changes at your home. Preparing your home for an EV is essential to ensure you can charge your vehicle safely and efficiently. Here are a few tips to help you get started from the electrical experts at Finch Home Solutions.
Install a Level 2 Charger
A Level 2 charger is the most efficient way to charge your EV at home. You will need to have an electrician install it, which our team at Finch Home Solutions can do for you, but it will provide faster charging times than a Level 1 charger.
Choose the Right Location
Your Level 2 charger should be installed in a convenient location, preferably near your driveway or garage. Make sure the area is well-lit and protected from the elements.
Check Your Electrical Panel
Before installing your Level 2 charger, an electrician should check your electrical panel to ensure it can handle the extra load. You may need to upgrade your panel or add a dedicated circuit.
Consider a Smart EV Charger
A smart charger can help you save money and energy by scheduling charging times during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower. You can control and monitor your charger right from your phone or tablet.
Be Mindful of Safety
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing and using your EV charger. Keep the area around the charger clear of clutter, and make sure there are no tripping hazards.
At Finch Home Solutions, we have the expertise to help you find the best EV charger for your needs. We can explore the benefits, recommend the right location and inspect your electric panel to ensure you have an efficient charging station for your new vehicle. Call our office in the Twin Cities today to schedule an EV charger inspection and installation consultation.