There’s no doubt that circuit breakers play an indispensable role in protecting modern electrical systems. You can find them everywhere, from commercial to residential buildings. And they have even surpassed the fuse system, an outdated concept.
Still, there are many who find the conventional fuse more reliable, even with the inconvenience. Do MCBs actually provide better safety and efficiency? Let’s compare the two and see which one stands out. And if you’re looking to upgrade your electrical system for a residential or commercial building, then this is definitely for you:
1. Quick Response
The fuse doesn’t break off because of the overcurrent. It breaks off due to the heat generated from the overcurrent. However, MCBs work by breaking off immediately when there is an overcurrent. This rapid response can help safeguard almost any connected appliance without even a chance of fault.
This also means that MCBs are more precise, and modern MCBs can monitor the voltage to trip only when there’s an overflow. Meanwhile, some fuses may also break off just from overheating, even if there wasn’t extra power flow.
2. Resettable And Reusable
Once a fuse breaks, you will have to find a new one because the old one will have a broken wire. If you have them in your spare, that’s great. Otherwise, it can take time. However, when MCBs trip, you can easily flip the switch again to turn the power supply on. It saves a lot of time and money.
3. Safer And Easier Operations
Pulling out the fuse and replacing it seems like a risky task. What if you end up pulling too hard or touching some live wire? Accidents may happen. However, MCBs with simple switches bring you peace of mind to easily set them on or off.
Similarly, when Fuse breaks off, there can be sparking or too much heat. When MCBs trip, there isn’t a spark usually, and heat is tolerable. So you prevent fire and other hazards.
4. Scalability And Division
A fuse is generally still used for a phase for the main supply. However, if you divide the fuse into smaller sections for each part or area in a building or a house, there will be too many. They are bulky and occupy more space.
Meanwhile, you can easily install sleek MCBs with their cost efficiency and space efficiency to divide various segments of the house. Moreover, in the long run, with fuse tripping and requiring replacement, while MCBs only need to switch off and rarely stop working, you save a lot of money.
5. The Sustainability Factor
The more fuses you break, the more replacement you will need. Correlatively, you will contribute to more electrical waste that will impact the environment. With the longevity of the MCBs, you can have long-lasting connectivity without generating waste. So, in the long run, and for the bigger picture, MCBs are more sustainable.
There are many new-age MCBs available with smart monitoring and other capabilities like these. As long as you use the correct MCB for the level of power, you won’t ever run into an issue.