by Todd Ellner
November 8, 2016 Home Maintenance

The electrical panel in your home (also known as service panel or breaker box) is a relatively small steel box that holds multiple circuit breakers wired to other circuits that distribute power throughout your home.

This is where you control all the electricity in your house. And given the type of electrical service panel you choose, the amount of electricity you control will also vary.

What’s the role of the circuit breakers and how do they work?

In the event of an electrical short, circuit breakers have the role of protecting wiring from further damage, by turning your home power on and off.

The electrical service panel is usually located in the basement and each one of the breakers corresponds to a certain room in the house. This is extremely useful in case of an overcurrent, because you know exactly where to look and what to look for when an emergency of this kind happens. You locate the issue and afterwards reset it. It’s as simple as that.

Here are the three main electrical service panel types you can choose and how they correlate to each room in your house:

  1. Main breaker panels – they control all the power in your home and they also identify your breaker’s panel amperage capacity.
  2. Sub-panels – allow you to have additional circuits installed for a remote location of the house (for example the garage or your kitchen).
  3. Transfer switches – allow you to access power from your generator if a power outage should occur.

Apart from these, there are also neutral bus bars or grounding bus bars that connect to the main circuit’s neutral wire and carry power through the circuit breakers.

What happens when the home’s electricity use increases?

If you need to replace your electrical service panel or add a sub-panel in order to increase the power flow in your house, you should know that a new breaker panel will not add more power to your home.

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Be sure to contact a professional electrician when you want to upgrade. The process could be very risky for the average person and it usually includes adding new cables and a new electrical meter as well.

The electric panel in Gialluisi Custom Homes

Gialluisi Custom Homes provides built-in electricity to all home projects and ensures a proper installation if the homeowner decides to upgrade.

All the breakers we install are clearly indicated and marked by room, so that each location corresponds to each breaker.

We are happy to provide you with additional information about the GCH homes’ electric panels. Simply contact us or call: 908-206-4659 now.


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