Tip of the Month -
Source: Mary Beth Breckenridge-Knight Ridder Newspapers
Mike Kuhn, HouseMaster-Bound Brook, N.J.
(Photos source: Crossett Real Estate Services)
Americans are more “plugged in” than ever.
Computers, big-screen TV’s-electronic games-faxes-(micro-wave
ovens, energy efficient appliances & heating systems) all add to
the load on the electrical system.
The strength of electricity is measured in amperes, or amps, and is
indicated by the thickness of the electrical cable that supplies the
dwelling. A four-bedroom, two-bath unit with gas heat &
appliances should be able to get by with today’s minimum standard
of 100 amps, but a unit with an electric range, central
air-conditioning & an electric clothes dryer would be better off
with 150-200 amps.
Many dwellings built before 1960 have a 60 amp system, which may not be sufficient for today’s needs.
To determine what amp service you have, look @ your electrical
panel. If the amperage isn’t apparent, count the number of
breakers or switches. A 100 amp-panel has 20 breakers: a 150-amp
panel has 30 breakers-a 200 amp panel has 40 breakers.
If a dwelling-unit is not adequately wired, fire hazards exist!
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page was updated on 10/03/06.