Electricity is so ordinary nowadays that most people take it for granted. Most of us don’t even know the science behind electricity and how it works. So, how does electricity work and why should the average homeowner need to know this information? First of all, understanding how electricity works help provide the electrical safety that we all need. Here’s some information on electricity to help keep your family safe:
Your electrician will gladly inform you about electrical safety and how to maintain it
Alternating current – basically, alternating current is the type of electricity that we use at home to power all our appliances and gadgets. Alternating current is a type of electricity that moves back and forth, hence the term. Since electricity needs to travel great lengths in order to reach your home, it will need to run on a system. This system uses power grids that gets its electricity from windmills, nuclear plants, geothermal plants, and hydro-electric plants. All of these electricity-generating plants provide an alternating current that is fed to the grid and then passed on to regular customers like homes, malls, offices, and more.
In general, daily life would not be possible without alternating current. It would be impossible to span great lengths and run electricity through long lines if not for alternating current. However, dealing with electricity at home is better left to a residential electrician. These professionals are trained to handle electrical components that use high-voltage electricity.
Direct current – if you have ever held a battery in your hands, you have already encountered direct current electricity. Basically, direct current is energy stored in a storage medium which is what we call a battery. Batteries do not work like the electrical outlet in your home. While alternating currents run back and forth, the energy that is produced from batteries or direct current run in just one direction. It’s impossible for direct current to power major applications. Delivering electricity from one point to another is costly as a direct current will lose more electricity. The batteries that hold the electricity would need to be scaled up to power larger applications. That’s why direct current is used for smaller items such as gadgets, battery backups, and cars. Your residential electrician in Wilmington knows about this and knows the distinction between the two.
Direct current and alternating current can also work together despite the differences in their application. Gadgets like laptops, smartphones, and other types of electrical equipment that uses batteries might also use alternating current. It’s the advances in technology that make this all possible. The leaps and bounds in the technology used to manipulate electricity has become mainstream that makes it easier for average people to use. However, troubleshooting products and appliances that use huge amounts of electricity is not a job for the average person. It should always be dealt with by a professional electrician to ensure electrical safety.
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Wilmington, NC 28409