I live in the US and own a few appliances (mostly audio) that are European, designed for 220V and don't have a built-in converter to deal with 110V. I'd like to find a way to use these in my condo, for which all regular sockets are on 110V.
My understanding is that heavy appliances like heaters (and ovens, etc.) are wired on 220V and that my condo already has 220V. I have two rough plans.
- the heating is forced air -- it must be running on 220V
- as such, there must be a live wire with 220V running to the heating vent
- I should be able to pop the cover, find the 220V wires, and expose right next to the vent a 220V socket, with schuko to avoid mistakes
- this will be more efficient than having a 110/220 converter running constantly.
- I have a socket that I'm happy to flip to 220V + schuko, also standing fairly close to the electrical panel
- there must be a guide wire running from the electrical panel to that socket
- I should be able to pull a wire for that socket that is on 220V.
Question 1: does any of the plans make sense, and if so, which would be easier? (I may be missing assumptions on US wiring, quality of current, etc.)
Question 2: my panel says "circuit directory: 120V/208V". I'm surprised by the latter (208V instead of 220V). Can I still run audio appliances off of that? This seems on the low end of the tolerance spectrum.
It goes without saying that I would contract a professional electrician to do that; but before, I'd like to know if any of this makes sense. Thanks!