If you purchased an older home, you might find that electricity is distributed to your appliances and regulated via a fuse box. Although fuse boxes aren't inherently bad, most were not made to withstand modern electrical demands.
Here are three reasons why you might want to consider contacting a skilled electrician (such as one from Direct Current) to upgrade your home's fuse box to a circuit breaker in the near future.
1. Increase your homeowner's insurance options.
Maintaining a homeowners insurance policy is essential when it comes to ensuring your home is protected in the event of an emergency. If you are looking for a simple way to increase your policy options, making the switch from a fuse box to a circuit breaker could be a great option.
Some insurance companies view fuse boxes as a hazard, and can either charge you a premium monthly rate to insure your home or refuse to extend you a policy. Having an electrician upgrade your fuse box to a circuit breaker will allow you to find affordable homeowners insurance in the future.
2. Give yourself room to expand.
Fuse boxes present some unique limitations when it comes to expanding your home's electrical needs. Because older homes were not subjected to the same electrical demands as their modern counterparts, limited fuse space was needed to ensure proper distribution of electrical currents.
Since modern homes are usually equipped with several televisions, gaming consoles, and other electronic devices, it's not uncommon to see a fuse box with double tapping or double lugging. This is where more than one wire is connected to each fuse in order to power all the appliances in a home. Modern circuit breaker panels leave room for additional breakers to be added, allowing you to safely expand your electrical needs without having to overload a single circuit or fuse.
3. Reduced risk of fire.
An estimated 7 people die in house fires across the United States each day. Having a circuit breaker instead of a fuse box can be a simple way to eliminate some of the fire risk that exists inside your home. When a single fuse becomes overworked due to the increased demand modern electrical appliances place on it, the connecting wires can become very hot and spark a fire.
Since circuit breakers are designed to handle the electrical demands of modern living, having an electrician upgrade your fuse box to a circuit breaker panel can help you reduce the risk of a fire starting in your home.
Call an electrician to evaluate the electrical demands being placed on your home's fuse box to determine if upgrading to a circuit breaker panel is wise.