The electrical system in your home is made up of more than just one type of wire—it’s a complex system with many different parts, all professionally manufactured to deliver electricity to your electrical appliances and devices in the safest way possible. If you’ve ever attempted to shop for electrical wire, you may have noticed that there are so many types to choose from. Here are some of the terms you may have encountered when you went shopping. Knowing what these terms mean is necessary to a safe and effective wire choice.
Wire gauge – refers to the actual size of the wire. It dictates the wire’s ampacity, or the amount of current that can pass through the wire safely. Common wire gauge sizes suitable for homes include 14-, 12-, 10-, 8-, 6-, and 2-gauge wires. Continue reading “How Your Electrician Chooses the Right Type of Wiring for Your Home”