Dummies Guide to Electricity

Electricity is a very dangerous component that is used all over the world, it is very important to know the basics of electricity in case a minor electrical problem occurs within your home. Majority of people resort to calling a professional electrician, which is the correct thing to do if you are not sure how to solve the situation. Below we have collated a few topics that will improve your knowledge on how electricity works. 


An Amp is an electrical current that measures the electromagnetic force between electrical conductors carrying an electric current. This is used as a power system to allow electronic appliances to function correctly. An amp is the amount of current produced by a force of one volt acting through the resistance of one ohm. Amps are used everywhere in your household and business; without an amp, you will not be able to run electrical appliances. 


Volts measure the difference between two points of conducting wires when an electric current of an amp dissipates. Furthermore, the voltage pressure from the electrical circuit flowing through the power source charges the electrons through a conducting loop. The increase in higher voltage will require a larger electrical conductor, this will waste copper but also make the installation much more expensive. 


Watt is a unit of power that is used in the power system to allow electrical appliances to function. This is measured in one joule per second, which corresponds to the rate of electricity consumption of energy in an electric circuit, showing the difference between a volt and amp. Watts is an electrical component to allow various electrical appliances to function correctly without faults. Additionally, Watts are used in most electrical systems to assist electrical appliances functionality and to run smoothly without any faults occurring. If this electrical component wasn’t part of the power system, it would be very unlikely to function correctly.  


A fusebox holds all fuses for the circuits within the building. Using a fusebox will reduce the risk of fires taking place and allow you to control the electricity by turning off switches to prevent a hazard occurring. Additionally, regular maintenance will prove to be useful or receiving a new fusebox that can detect a faulty wiring and disconnect the power automatically, thus reducing the heat building, ultimately causing a fire.  If a circuit overloads then this can cause electric shocks, this will be prevented by the RCDs, which will avert the electrical circuit and shut itself off. 


RCDs could save your life because if you touch a live wire, the defence mechanism will be triggered to prevent further damage. RCD stands for the residual current device, a life-saving device made to prevent a fatal electric shook from occurring if you touch a live wire. RCDs relatively offer personal protection that fuses and circuit breakers may not provide. RCDs are useful to businesses that use a large amount of electricity such as having a server room to store data securely or multiple wires within the office connecting to different monitors and plugs. 

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