Home Electrical Essentials | Best Pick Reports
Electricity is delivered to the home by either underground or
overhead service wires. After going through the electric meter, the
wires enter the service panel (also called the main fuse box or the
main electric panel). Starting at the service panel, different circuits
or loops connect to different parts of the house. Standard circuits, or
120-volt circuits, power items such as lights and standard wall
outlets. Heavy-duty circuits, or 240-volt circuits, power items such as
kitchen appliances, electric dryers, and air conditioning equipment.
Although some older houses still have 60-amp service, 200-amp service
is typical in most houses.