Weather your home’s electricity is generated in a fossil burning power plant, renewable hydro power, solar energy, or Hamsters running around turning a generator it will eventually enter your home via the Power Panel.
Take a look at today’s photograph of a 200 amp. power panel it shows many wires coming out of the panel that then go on up into the house. So, what are we looking at:
- 200 amp power panel that is probably larger than most single family homes need but, electric power consumption is growing all the time.
- Inside the panel are all the circuit breakers that long ago replaced fuses. These circuit breakers protect you and your home from electrical problems such as:
- An overloaded circuit will generate its own heat and does burst into flame unless the electricity is turned off. The circuit breaker is the automatic “switch” that cuts off the power if there is an overloaded situation.
- Many of these circuit breakers are Arc-Fault Interrupter that automatically breaks the circuit and prevents accidents. The U.S. and Canada have required AFCI’s in all bedrooms for the past 20 years.
- Recently the US National Electrical Code requires AFCI to protect all bedrooms and all outlets.
An Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) determines the difference between harmless “sparks” that are caused with switches as compared to a harmful arc of electricity such as when wiring is frayed, and it can and far too often does cause a fire.
It is estimated that 40,000 fires a year are caused by arcing electricity. Those fires can be prevented with the use of an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter, ARCI.
It is hard to see in today’s photograph but most of the circuit breakers are Arc Fault, a greatly improved safety feature. A conventional circuit breaker only works when there is an Over Load or a Short.
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