THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR CIRCUIT BREAKERS AND SMART CIRCUIT BREAKERS
The Benefits of Using Smart/Digital Circuit Breakers
There are many reasons smart circuit breakers are being touted as the new and practical evolution of regular circuit breakers, not the least of which is improved energy efficiency. The technical capabilities enable homes and buildings to use electrical in a much more sensible manner by better managing energy use.
New developments in solid-state technology are helping circuit breakers to more efficiently monitor and control power consumption by providing meter usage information for each circuit. Such advances pave the way for boosting operational efficiency and continuity, and regulating high power consumption utilities, such as air conditioning, heating, and water heaters.
Solid-state circuit breakers utilizing high-power semiconductors can also function without any mechanical parts. This not only improves safety and reliability, but also makes it much quicker at breaking a circuit than the regular circuit breaker could ever hope to achieve. It also allows for new functions and features to be added and controlled using intuitive apps, such as providing an alert if the smart circuit breakers senses that an appliance is on the verge of malfunction or breakdown.
While solid-state smart/digital circuit breakers can certainly help to improve energy efficiency in the home, the commercial and industrial markets stand to benefit greatly, as these buildings use much more energy on a daily basis. At some point in the near future, the plan is for digital circuit breakers to be easily mass-produced for a reasonable cost, though there will, of course, likely be circuit breakers sold at a premium as well.
By Scott Kessman
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