Copper is probably the most common material used in residential wiring. However, aluminum can be a more cost-effective alternative material for your wiring projects. Although some concerns were raised in the 1970’s about the safety of using aluminum wiring, new system designs and install methods have addressed these potential problems and made it safe to continue use of this material. We understand there are a lot of pros and cons to consider when choosing your wiring material and it can be frustrating trying to determine the best fit for you. So, we’ve compiled some benefits of using aluminum wiring that might help you make your decision.
Easy to Manipulate– Aluminum is fairly malleable and sensitive to pressure making it easy to manipulate. Because copper wire is rigid, it can make an install quite complex. It is especially true when there is a large area to cover.
Saves Money– There are a few things that make aluminum wiring more fiscal than copper. Firstly, the material itself is less than a third of the price of copper. Even though you need to buy more aluminum than you would copper, your price will be significantly lower. Another way it saves you money is through install costs. Because aluminum is easier to work with, it won’t require multiple install sessions, so the cost of labor and time spent wiring will be much less.
Lightweight– Aluminum is 70% lighter than copper. This quality keeps you from having to install a lot of support to keep it in place. This is especially beneficial to those wiring a large area or something that rests toward the ceiling.
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If you’d like to install aluminum wiring in your central Florida house or business, or if you have questions about your home’s current wiring, give us a call at 407-417-2999. EDC can inspect your home and make the installation process a breeze.