Arc Fault Breakers – AFCI
In the modern residential electrical system, safety is a paramount concern. One of the key components contributing to electrical safety is the Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI). These innovative devices provide enhanced protection against a common and dangerous electrical problem: arc faults.
What is an Arc Fault you ask?
An arc fault occurs when there’s an unintended arc created by current flowing through an unplanned path. This arc generates intense heat that can burn wires, deteriorate insulation, and trigger electrical fires.
AFCIs breakers are designed to detect this unwanted arcing before it can cause a fire. Unlike standard circuit breakers, which protect against overloads and short circuits, AFCI breakers shut off the circuit when they detect potentially dangerous arcing conditions.
According to CEC Canadian Electrical Code AFCIs are required in nearly all residential living areas. Electricians can install AFCI breakers directly into the home’s electrical panel, ensuring that circuits running through bedrooms, living rooms, and other spaces are monitored for arc faults.
AFCIs come with a test button, and it’s important for homeowners to test them regularly, following the manufacturer’s instructions. This ensures the breaker is actively monitoring the circuit and will respond in case of an arc fault.
Arc fault breakers are an essential part of modern electrical safety. Their role in detecting and preventing electrical fires cannot be overstated. With proper installation and maintenance, AFCIs will safeguard your home, offering both protection and peace of mind. More information of Arc Fault Breakers
Ensure your home is protected. If you’re unsure about the status of AFCIs in your home, contact a Stack Electric to perform an assessment and install the necessary protection. Remember, electrical safety is an investment in your home and family’s well-being. Call your Hamilton Electrician Stack Electric at 905-512-9428