New home construction can be a thrilling achievement for anyone, but it may also seem daunting if you don't have a background in construction. The seemingly highly specialized language and information that you have to learn may be overwhelming, but it's important to do everything you can to educate yourself about your home's most vital systems.
Perhaps no aspect of home construction is as vital as the electrical system. Without reliable electrical wiring, you're doomed to live in a home that constantly frustrates you. If you want to learn more about your home's electrical setup and the ways in which it keeps you safe, the following guide about circuit breaker type should provide you with the knowledge you need.
Standard Circuit Breakers
The most common circuit breaker is likely to be the one that oversees the day-to-day electrical output in your home. When your circuit breaker detects a surge in electrical activity or other potentially unsafe conditions, it will immediately cut off the flow of electricity in order to avoid a problem.
Single pole breakers are most commonly found in homes, though a double pole setup may be necessary if you have substantial power needs. Consult with your contractor or other building professional about which variety he or she has chosen to use and allow them to explain the benefits and capacity of each.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
Specialized areas require specialized care. In places in your home where water is likely to come close to an electrical outlet, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are legally required in many jurisdictions.
These specialized breakers may not be recommended in areas where you're consistently using high powered appliances, as they are somewhat more sensitive to voltage changes than other outlets may be. They do work remarkably well, however, in reducing the risk of electricity that may come with your kitchen or bathroom, and can also provide peace of mind to families with young children.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters
If GFCIs are designed to protect against water, arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) are designed to protect against fire. High temperature areas like garages and attics may put your electrical wiring at risk of fraying, and if it does, dangerous arcing has the potential to be the ignition source for a fire. AFCI breakers are specially designed to detect arc potential and isolate those circuits, guaranteeing that you'll have the necessary peace of mind to enjoy your home.