Amperage defines an electric current’s strength measured in amperes. The current essentially describes the amount of electrical pressure that is passing through the wires and all things electrical within a home have an amperage rating measured in “amps.” Amperage matters both in direct current and alternating current, or AC and DC respectively. Direct current is typically produced by batteries, solar cells and solar cells whereas AC current is derived from electric power such as the power provided by a home’s electrical system. Electricians need to be able to understand amperage whether they are installing an electrical system in a home, repairing an electrical system, or repairing other electrical systems on the property.
There are many different types of residential and commercial electrical services that can require considering the amperage of an electrical system. For example, many homes need to be upgraded from a 100 amp panel to a 200 amp panel since today’s electronics require more power, and because people keep more electric devices in the home than ever before. It is important for electrical amperage to be considered during any and all electrical projects, whether the project is a rewiring or an upgrade on a current electrical system.