Unless you’re a DIY expert or electrical professional yourself, the idea of installing your own electric car charging station likely seems like a daunting task. Thankfully, there are many professional electricians out there, RD Matthews Electrical Contracting included, that offer affordable EV charging installation services.
However, if you’ve never shopped around for an installation team before, there are some important things to consider, which we’ve collected for you here!
The Process of EV Charging Station Installation
Before diving into the details, you might be wondering about the process of installing an EV charger in your home. It can easily be broken down into several steps, such as buying an EV charger, choosing your installer, having them visit and inspect your home, choosing an installation date, and having it installed.
Now let’s look at some important ways to find the best EV charging installation team for you.
1. Safety is Essential
One of the most important aspects of investing in EV charging station installation services is to make certain that you’re receiving safe installation solutions. This is because installing an EV charging station takes an intimate knowledge of both the charger as well as your home’s electrical system. If it’s not installed properly, it could pose the risk of electric shock, so it’s always best to go with an installation company that’s properly trained and certified to be performing such work. Don’t hesitate before choosing a company to ask about their safety protocol.
2. Make Certain Your EV Charger Installer is Certified
Another important aspect when it comes to installing an EV charging station in your home is to ensure that the service you’re getting is fully certified. This means that you’ll be working with a provider that offers guaranteed compliance with national wiring codes and other regulations. Often, the installation company will provide a 1-year warranty on installation of all EV charging stations.
It’s important to note that certification isn’t only to make sure that all your EV charging equipment has been installed following the proper guidelines, it also can help qualify for insurance payouts should there be an issue in the future, as well as tax incentives and rebates you may qualify for. The licensing and certification of your electrical company is paramount.
3. How Much Does it Cost to Invest in an EV Charger Station?
After reading the above, it should be clear that hiring a respected, certified EV charger installation team is an absolute must. However, you might be wondering what EV charging station installation services will cost you. Although it depends upon your location and the specific electrical requirements of your home, you can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 or more. But you’ll quickly see a return on your investment.
Some of the different factors that will affect your installation costs include the distance your garage is from your service panel. This isn’t only due to the longer distance of cabling needed to properly install your charger, but also because longer distances require higher diameter cables that are more expensive. Labor fees can also be more extensive the further away your parking spot is from the service panel.
For this reason, it’s always wise to have an initial inspection and assessment performed by a professional before scheduling the installation. They’ll be able to take a look at your home and provide you with a detailed quote based on parts and labor. There may be grants available at both the local and federal level that can help you save money on installation costs. Subsidies and tax rebates may also be available for those choosing to install eco-friendly EV charging stations in their home. In fact, you could be reimbursed anywhere from 15-90% of your initial installation investment, making it worthwhile to look into.
4. Look for Installers with EV Experience
Last, but certainly not least, find an electrical company that specializes in EV charging station installation services. A company with specialized expertise will ensure that you get the most effective and affordable services for your investment. Since the regulations surrounding EV charger installation can be complex, choosing an experienced company is key.
Searching for a company that will not only install your EV charger, but also shows you how to use it properly is important. Search for an installation and service package that’s comprehensive, meaning that they’ll provide pre-installation advice, in addition to ongoing troubleshooting, maintenance, and repairs when needed.
Installing an EV charger might seem costly up front, but it’s a sound investment due to the extended savings EVs offer in the long run. A charger can also increase your property value, making it a popular home addition for those who plan on selling in the future.
Contact us today for EV charging installation services and more!
For those who want to invest in an electric car charging station, the team from RD Matthews Electrical Contracting would be delighted to discuss your options with you. We also specialize in residential electrical wiring, electrical services for builders and contractors, smart switch installation, electrical repairs, and more.
Since 1998, we’ve been providing outstanding electrical services throughout the Northern Virginia area, developing a reputation for exceptional work and stellar customer services. We leave no job unfinished; if you’re not happy, we’re not happy.
For those who want to learn more about what we do or receive a FREE quote, contact us online or call (540) 840-2933.