If you are thinking of installing a new electrical appliance in your home, it may be time to put in a new dedicated circuit as well. “What is a dedicated circuit, and do I need one?”, you may be asking. It’s a great question. While dedicated circuits are extremely important, many homeowners are still unfamiliar with them. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits a dedicated circuit can provide for your home, and remember that for all your essential electrical services, you can count on our experienced electricians at All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical.
The Benefits of Installing a Dedicated Circuit
- Greater Electrical Power: While standard outlets connect to the main circuit breaker in your home, dedicated circuits have their own mini-electrical panels. Your regular electronic devices and lights typically function fine hooked up to a regular circuit. However, for more heavy-duty electrical appliances, your panel will struggle to provide them with all the current they need to function properly. This is where dedicated circuits come in. For HVAC machines, dishwashers, electrical ranges, etc., installing a dedicated circuit makes all the big difference.
- Fewer Safety Hazards: Safety is always priority number one when it comes to your electrical system, and installing a dedicated circuit is a great way to make sure you don’t experience something like a surge or a blackout. A high-current electrical device is more likely to cause a fire or even electrocution if is hooked up to a standard circuit, but with a dedicated circuit, you can reduce the chance of a power overload and with it, any nasty electrical accidents.
- Compliance with the National Electrical Code: Neglecting to put in dedicated circuits for certain devices actually violates the national electrical code, or NEC. Meaning if you do not take heed and install dedicated circuits before your next home inspection, you could end up racking up fines with the NEC, some of which are extremely steep. Luckily, installing a dedicated circuit in your residential commercial property doesn’t have to be hard, as long as you’ve got an experienced electrician on your side. Remember, when it comes to preventing safety hazards, it’s always better to follow regulations now than pay the price (monetarily or otherwise) in the future.