Originally Posted By: pabernathy
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AS a person who speaks alot on AFCI breakers and their need and use I have actually seen them in test situations protect life and property. The idea of a AFCI is that it can determine OK arcs from NOT OK arcs and they do this with some highly sensative technology and it is getter better all the time.
The normal arc between a connection point like a switch will not effect an AFCI yet a arc between lets say contact points on a recept or extention cord will activate the AFCI....so the potential for lives saved is always better with more awareness and product development.
Now with that said...so some people see problems with AFCI's...sure with the older models but not much with the newer ones...I personally as a EC do not get alot of calls with AFCI's tripping.....just do not see it alot these days as some would lend to believe....
But in the effort to try and saves lives of people who are bed written ( not sure how to type that ) or the elderly the advent of the AFCI will save lives.
Now the debate is should this more over be recommended for older homes lets say from the 70's to the early 90's..we my opinion that all homes in that period should upgrade their bedroom circuits to AFCI...but thats me...the NEC does not require turning back time so to speak.
I have even gone as far as in a seminar I did recently on AFCI's to suggest homes from the 1960's and up to pre-2001 think about installing AFCI's in the bedroom circuits.....Now some will say..sure paul to create a quick buck....but thats not it.
What we see in homes that mature...the home owners desire more power with less plug options so they use more and more extention cords and so on...adapters and what have you...all creating a possible issue and it is my belief ( and some will disagree...it's america so thats fine..![icon_smile.gif](upload://b6iczyK1ETUUqRUc4PAkX83GF2O.gif) that being safer is well worth the added expense of $ 40-60 dollars per circuit and most homes will not have over 2-3 in all.
Do I think the AFCI will expand...oh yes...I honestly do to the point it will be required in bedrooms, living areas, finished basements ( excluding kitchens and dining areas ) But again...who am I....no body really !
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