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What is a Dedicated Circuit?
Homes are wired with separate circuits to spread power throughout the house and rely on circuit breakers to trip if the power draw is too high at once.
Dedicated circuits support a single appliance or device and have their own breaker in the electrical box.
People install dedicated circuits to feed high-power appliances to avoid tripping breakers in a standard system.
Which Appliances Need Dedicated Circuits?
Most modern appliance circuits are designed to handle high electrical capacities, but the National Electrical Code requires that large appliances operate on a dedicated circuit.
Local electrical codes are typically based on the NEC requirement but may be stricter.
Here are the most common appliances that require a dedicated circuit.
- Refrigerators and freezers
- Electric stoves and wall ovens
- Washers and dryers
- Furnaces, heat pumps, and central AC units
Additionally, if you attach smaller appliances to the same outlets and experience frequent breaker trips, you may want to put them on a dedicated circuit too. These appliances include:
- Electric space heaters
- Window air conditioners
- Sump pumps
To determine if you need to add a dedicated circuit to your home, call one of our certified electricians for a consultation.
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Benefits of a Dedicated Computer Circuit
Now that you know what a dedicated circuit is and what appliances require it, let’s consider why you might consider a dedicated computer circuit.
Most homeowners have at least one computer in the home, whether for business, gaming, recreation, or general computing.
Although computers don’t typically draw as much power as a stove or refrigerator, there are benefits to hooking your system up to its own circuit.
Dedicated computer circuits ensure your computers always have access to the power they need without overloading the system, which can be useful if you’re running a gaming rig or home server.
A dedicated computer circuit protects your systems from power surges that can damage them and cause data loss.
As more of us are working from home now, a dedicated computer circuit is a must-have to protect your devices and improve productivity.