At any given time, today’s buildings are running a multitude of electrical appliances simultaneously. With the dependence on power increasing at an incredible rate, losing power to any of these important devices can result in many issues, ranging from frustrating to dangerous.
When too many electrical appliances run on the same circuit, an overload can cause it to shut itself down. While this is originally designed as a safety measure to prevent fires and electric hazards in older homes, an improper shutdown of many modern devices can have consequences beyond temporary service interruptions. That’s why having a dedicated circuit installed into your home or business can help keep all of your devices not only running safely but performing worry-free. You can count on the team at Great Lakes Heating And Air Conditioning for professional dedicated circuit installation as well as other quality electrical services.
If you need a dedicated circuit installed for a new appliance, call us at (574) 498-7556 to schedule an appointment with an experienced South Bend electrician.
What is a Dedicated Circuit?
A dedicated circuit is just what it sounds like: a circuit that is intended for use with a single appliance. The circuit has its own breaker in your electrical panel and is "dedicated" to powering just that one appliance and nothing else. A dedicated circuit allows the appliance to safely draw power without overloading your electrical system and tripping a circuit breaker. Depending on the size and power demands of the appliance, you may need either a 20-amp or a 30-50 amp dedicated circuit.
Which Appliances Need a Dedicated Circuit?
Examples of large appliances that should have their own dedicated circuits include:
- HVAC systems
- Water heaters
- Large microwaves
- Electric ranges
- Wall ovens
- Hot tubs
Do Air Conditioners Need a Dedicated Circuit?
HVAC equipment devices operate at high electrical capacity, and their most effective operation primarily depends on your thermostat’s setting. So yes, your air conditioner should definitely have its own dedicated circuit. By dedicating a circuit for your air conditioning and heating systems, you can ensure that you not only stay comfortable in weather extremes, but also your equipment isn’t damaged from sudden unexpected shutdowns.
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Today’s devices make the modern home more convenient and enjoyable – but when too many are running on the same circuit, you may find that they’re all out of commission when your breaker trips. To keep your electrical system running smoothly, let Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning help set up a dedicated circuit for the appliances that really need them.
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We are having trouble getting cool air upstairs in our two story home, what can I do to make the upstairs more comfortable?A comfortable main floor and a warm second floor is a common complaint with central air conditioning systems. This temperature variation is caused by the fact that cool air is heavy. Heavy air requires more effort to move, especially upwards. Your furnace fan has to work much harder to get the air up two stories. Additionally, cool air, unlike warm air, tends to fall, so that once you actually manage to get the air upstairs, it will naturally fall back to the first floor. Don’t despair, there are some things that you can do. Make sure your furnace fan is on the highest possible setting. Most furnaces installed today will have a multi-speed, direct drive fan motor. Have your service contractor check to make sure that the highest speed is being used for air conditioning. If your fan motor has belts and pulleys, check with your contractor about installing a larger pulley. Adjust the balancing on your ductwork to force as much cool air upstairs as possible. If your ductwork is accessible from your basement, and has dampers installed in each of the supply air runs, make sure the dampers for the upper floor are fully open. You can also close any dampers for rooms on the first floor that do not get much use, or are very small. Some examples may be a powder room, formal living or dining room. You should keep the dampers fully open for the kitchen and the main living or family area. If the ductwork is not accessible, or doesn’t have any dampers, don’t despair. You can balance the air flow by opening and closing the dampers in the supply air registers. If you cannot get a register closed, we have been told that covering the register with a telephone book works well. Don’t forget to re-balance the ductwork system when you switch over to heating. During the heating system you want most of the warm air delivered to the first floor, it will rise on its own to the second floor. Use fans to help move cooler air. Placing a large fan at the top of the stairway can help to draw the cooler air up. A ceiling fan installed on the second floor can also be a big improvement. Check the return air grills. Make sure they are clean. Consider installing “High Wall” return air grills on the second floor. High wall return air grills are installed near the ceiling, not near the floor. This enables the furnace to draw the warmest air from the top of the house back into the system. Your service contractor can give you more information and let you know if it is possible to install high wall grills on your system.