5 Electrical Terms and What They Mean

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5 Home Electrical Terms

Do you ever flip a light switch and wonder what's really going on behind the scenes? If so, this blog post is for you! We will be discussing 5 common electrical terms and what they mean.

By the end of this blog, you'll have a better understanding of how your home's electrical system works - and that's always a good thing!

1. Circuit

A circuit is a complete loop that electrons can flow through. In your home, circuits are often created by wiring together different appliances and fixtures. Circuit breakers are devices that protect circuits from overload by automatically stopping the flow of electricity when too much current is detected.

2. Arcs

An arc is a spark of electricity that jumps through the air. Arcs can happen when there is a gap in an electrical circuit. Arcs can also happen on the surface of an electrical conductor, like a wire. When an arc occurs, it can cause damage to the conductor and nearby objects.

3. Faults

A fault is an error in an electrical circuit. Faults can cause circuits to overheat and start fires. Faults can also cause damage to electrical equipment.

4. Grounding

Grounding is a safety measure that helps protect people from electrical shocks. To ground something means to connect it to the earth so that any extra electricity can flow into the ground instead of into a person.

5. Voltage

Voltage is a measure of the electrical pressure in a circuit. The higher the voltage, the more dangerous an electrical shock can be. That's why homes in the United States use 120-volt and 240-volt circuits, while industrial buildings can have circuits with voltages as high as 460 volts.

Electrical Experts You Can Trust

If you're ever in doubt about your home's electrical system, it's always best to call a professional. The electricians at Sylvester Electric, Inc. are experts you can trust. We are here to answer any questions you may have and help keep your home safe from electrical hazards. Give us a call today at (978) 910-0021!

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