Because of the numerous amounts of electronic devices in homes on a daily basis, outdated electrical systems should be updated to keep up with the demand. In some cases the solution is to have the circuit breaker updated, add a surge suppressor to the whole house and GFCI outlets and AFCI circuits. This will allow homeowners to continue to simultaneously run electricity to their electronics and other home electronic devices such as computers, televisions, sump pumps, refrigerators and more. The information provided below provides an overview on some electrical upgrades that will allow you to continue to run your electronic devices regularly. .
Adding GFCI Outlets and AFCI Circuits
Electronic safety devices such as GFCI receptacles work to protect your family against possible electrical shock caused by ground faults. This can occur when the electricity escapes the confines of the wiring through the ground in items such as appliances and light fixtures and shortens out which causes the electrical shock. GFCI outlets are typically installed in your home's kitchen and bathroom and AFCI circuits are used in areas such as the bedroom and living room. The purpose of the AFCI circuits is to detect any wide range electrical faults and reduce the electrical output from them to prevent them from igniting and starting a fire.
Adding A Whole-House Surge Suppressor
The whole-house surge suppressor works as a safety device to protect the home electronics from malfunctioning due to frequent electronic surges. The installation of a whole-house surge suppressor will also protect the home's circuit boards during major storms by allowing you to turn off the breakers to your stove, furnace and A/C.
Install Dedicated Circuits
Consider having your circuits checked over to ensure the lines have been properly installed and remain dedicated. When circuit breakers detect the excess flow of electricity they will stop the surge and shut off to prevent damage. This may happen if your home is not equipped with dedicated circuits, causing your electrical devices to try and draw out more electricity than the circuit is able to handle. The repetitive trip of the circuit breakers may cause the home's wiring to overheat and wiring insulation to eventually break down. For this reason, it is essential that you have dedicated circuits installed in your home.
Dealing with electrical wiring can be dangerous if you are unsure of the correct steps to take when upgrading your home. If you are unfamiliar with this process, consider consulting with an electrical contractor to help improve your home's electrical system safely to avoid possible injury.