Deciding on the placement of your breaker panel in your Florida home can be a bit of a puzzle. As the heart of your home's electrical system, it must be located in compliance with stringent guidelines while being both easily accessible and unobtrusive. Don't worry, though! At Hoffman Electrical & AC, we can guide you through the maze of regulations set forth by the National Electrical Codes (NEC), produced through the National Fire Protection Association. These codes, although not actual laws, are invaluable reference points for state and local authorities when establishing building codes related to electrical wiring.
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Breaker panels aren't just randomly placed. The NEC, in Article 110 titled "Requirements of Electrical Installations," lays down specific regulations for their placement. Here's what you need to know:
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Now, let's talk strategy when it comes to the placement of your breaker panel, or electric panel. It needs to be conveniently accessible while not becoming an eyesore. This might seem like a tricky balance, but here are a few common areas that might strike the right chord:
Remember, breaker panels can be installed in main areas of the home or business, although it's usually preferred to keep them hidden. If they're in plain sight, a neat trick is to paint the panel door or box to blend with the decor. However, never disguise them with pictures or other decor items that might hinder access. The most important thing is maintaining the required working space, easy access, and proper illumination.
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