The Only Electrical Glossary You’ll Need

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Although your house’s electrical system is complicated, every homeowner should be aware of certain key terms. If problems arise, you will be able to clearly communicate with your electrician so that all issues can be resolved quickly. Here are five of the most common words that are involved with your home’s electrical system.

1. Circuit Breaker

A circuit breaker is a switch on your electric panel. It is essential for your safety, and it connects incoming electricity to its dedicated circuit. It triggers when there is a high electrical draw, which cuts power and prevents fire. When a breaker goes bad, it will need to be replaced.

2. Voltage

Voltage is the force that drives electricity through your system. A standard outlet emits 120V of power. Your electrician will have the tool necessary to measure and to make sure that output in your system isn’t too high or low.

3. Watt

A watt is a unit of measure that tells how much electrical energy is being used in a second. An LED light has a lower wattage than an incandescent bulb, which means that it will save you money on your electric bills.

4. Ground

A ground is a kind of wiring that connects your electric system to the earth. It offers a safe place to dispose of electrical energy. If you live in an older home, you may not be equipped with essential ground wires. It is wise to call your electrician who can check and install what is necessary.

5. GFCI Outlets

Every home has many outlets. However, places like the bathroom and the kitchen experience heightened moisture. In cases where water is involved, a GFCI outlet, or ground fault circuit interrupter, acts like a mini circuit breaker and guards against shock.

Bottom line: These are just a few of the most common electrical terms that every homeowner should know. If you have any questions or problems in your home, trust ElectricMan to help. For an appointment, call (972) 362-1804.
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