AFCI: Arc Fault Protection
Our demand and consumption of power has increased dramatically. An arc fault is a problem in your electrical system that is caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring or devices. These faults occur when the wires are old and begin to fray, or when an outlet or circuit is over burdened. The solution to this problem is called an arc fault protection. Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) replace standard circuit breakers and provide a higher level of protection by shutting down the power supply if an arc fault is detected. This shutdown safety system prevents a possible fire or even damage to your electrical appliances.
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Arc fault protection is an integral part of new home safety codes but AFCIs can also be installed into existing homes by professional electricians. It goes without saying that AFCIs are essential to older homes as chances are the wiring has weathered more years than a relatively new home.
There are some home builders who challenge the requirement for arc fault protection stating that it increases the cost of wiring a home. There are some homeowners who say AFCIs make very little difference when it comes to the safety of a home. But then again, neither homeowners or home builders are qualified in the field of electrical safety protection as are experienced electricians, to make such claims.
Yes, given the size of the home, the cost of installing an AFCI system will differ. However, the benefits of having arc fault protection far outweigh the cost. There is no guarantee that your wiring is 100% fire proof. There is no guarantee that the wires were not even slightly frayed when the walls were re done or even when hanging a picture on the wall. Why be unsure, when there is a way to ensure that your home is safe from electrical fires?
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