Your home’s wiring is like its nervous system, sending electrical charges and energy through your home. Wiring, however, has changed through the years, in some cases, pretty dramatically. Here are some home wiring basics you should know.
Why Your Wiring is So Important
Home wiring is covered by standards or codes that are required to be met. These electrical codes govern wiring and help keep homes safer. If changes are made that don’t meet these codes or standards, not only could your home become less safe, but it could become difficult to sell if caught by some future home inspector.
The Difference Between a Wire and a Cable
While often used interchangeably, there is a difference between a wire and a cable. A wire is a single conductor of electricity, whereas a cable is two or more wires contained in the same jacket.
Types of Wiring Through the Years
Like rings in a tree trunk, wiring can often tell the age of the home in which it is contained. Here are some examples through the years.
Old wiring is one reason home insurance can be more expensive for older homes. If you are unsure of the age of the wiring in your home, contact a trusted electrical contractor.
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