The spring and summer months are a time when many folks turn their focus to the outdoors. This was demonstrated by a June 2023 report from Statistics Canada, which found that the number of permits for residential swimming pools in 2021 increased 293%. Hot tubs, spas and other outdoor amenities are also popular.
This push for outdoor renovations is driving the need for more electricians and electrical contractors. In addition to the need for wiring pumps, heaters, filters, sanitizers and lighting systems during installation, spas and pools benefit from regular maintenance, and sometimes require repair. Furthermore, some homeowners may opt to upgrade an older hot tub for improved safety and increased energy efficiency. This may involve updating from 120V to 240V service to accommodate faster heating, better water circulation and the capacity for other features.
And often, if a homeowner has one outdoor amenity, they have another. For example, outdoor kitchens have gained in popularity over the years. As homeowners want to spend more time in their yards, they require supplementary lighting and outdoor receptacles.
When it comes to electrical wiring, homeowners frequently prefer hiring a professional. Many homeowners are unaware of the requirements of and safety issues pertaining to outdoor amenities. Training and certification programs specific to pool and spa electrical systems can prepare an electrician for these kinds of jobs, while partnering with contractors, designers and architects can provide an introduction to customers.
“We recognize the significant growth opportunity for electricians in the market for spa and pool installations,” said Eric Nikolaishvili, offer marketing manager, home and distribution at Schneider Electric, Boston. “By providing reliable and innovative electrical components like our outdoor loadcenter SPA packs, we aim to empower electricians to deliver safe and efficient solutions to homeowners.”
Schneider Electric’s outdoor loadcenter SPA pack is one example of equipment that can be used for outdoor amenities. It includes breakers and housing in one kit to alleviate some of the complications of outdoor wiring. In addition to connecting power from the house to the hot tub, the pack offers ground fault protection and shields components from overcurrent damage. It can even control the jets, heat, filtration cycles and LED lights.
Regardless of what brand of electrical equipment is used, electricians familiar with the technical aspects of backyard features can take advantage of increasing demand from a growing market looking to enhance their outdoor living areas.
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