For the most part, understanding your electrical wiring can be a daunting task. In fact, most people should leave their electricity issues to the professionals with experience navigating the dangerous world of electrical wires. That being said, having a better understanding between the most common types of wires: aluminum and copper can be helpful for a myriad of different reasons. The reality is, both copper and aluminum wires are designed with specific properties in and of themselves. Ultimately, there are specific scenarios and situations where an aluminum wire might be preferable compared to copper and vice versa. Here is a helpful guide to better navigate and understand the different uses of both aluminum and copper wires.
Understanding Copper Wires
There is no denying that copper wires tend to be the most popular type of wire out there these days — particularly in commercial buildings. In fact, copper tends to be preferred over aluminum wires for a number of different reasons. The reality is, copper conductors are usually found and used in power distribution as well as power generation because it’s an ideal type of metal to use as a conductor. Ultimately, copper wiring is typically the type that tends to be manufactured a lot more frequently than its aluminum counterpart. As a result, copper wire is traditionally a very strong electrical conductor that is super stable which is why many choose it as their wiring of choice.
Understanding Aluminum Wires
Just like copper wires, aluminum wires tend to be used for a variety of specific situations and scenarios. In fact, electrical utilities typically use aluminum wiring because of the overhead transmission lines. Commercial facilities frequently use aluminum wiring and aluminum wires are also extremely popular among the construction industry due to their ability to be used as a massive power distribution conductor.
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