Electricity is the lifeblood of the modern home, powering a vast array of devices and systems that make our lives possible. Unfortunately, it’s also disruptive and potentially dangerous when it’s not controlled properly. One way to prevent electrical hazards in your Viera, FL home is to install dedicated circuits to safely power your appliances.
What are Dedicated Circuits?
The electricity in your home flows through multiple circuits. Each of these has its own breaker in your electrical box. Many circuits power multiple outlets and devices, but there’s a limit to the amount of power they can safely supply. Certain appliances and other devices can easily exceed this limit especially if they’re connected to a shared circuit. Dedicated circuits solve this issue by simply providing power-hungry appliances with their own separate circuits.
Why are they Important?
First and foremost, the National Electrical Code explicitly requires that certain appliances be served by dedicated circuits. You’ll likely need at least a few of them to make your home code compliant. In addition to preventing tripped breakers and blown fuses, installing dedicated circuits also helps lower the risk of electrical fires. That’s because these circuits use more robust wiring and connections that can handle a greater flow of electricity.
Where do You Need Them?
In general, dedicated circuits are required for appliances that have electric motors or heating elements. The National Electrical Code also requires them for “critical-use” appliances that might cause problems in the event of a tripped breaker. Typically, you’ll need dedicated circuitry for things like refrigerators, freezers, electric ranges, sump pumps, HVAC components, washers, dryers, and dishwashers. However, this isn’t a complete list, so it’s important to consult a professional electrician for expert guidance.
When installed properly and in the correct places, dedicated circuits play a vital role in your electrical system. They provide reliable power to key appliances and safeguard your home against electrical hazards. To ensure your home is well-protected, trust the professional electricians at Extreme Air & Electric, Inc. As a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor with full BBB accreditation, we deliver outstanding service and proven expertise.