Basics of electric power
Electric power is the product of two quantities: current and voltage. These two quantities can vary with respect to time (AC power) or can be kept at constant levels (DC power).
Most refrigerators, air conditioners, pumps and industrial machinery use AC power whereas most computers and digital equipment use DC power (the digital devices you plug into the mains typically have an internal or external power adapter to convert from AC to DC power). AC power has the advantage of being easy to transform between voltages and is able to be generated and utilised by brushless machinery. DC power remains the only practical choice in digital systems and can be more economical to transmit over long distances at very high voltages (see HVDC).
The ability to easily transform the voltage of AC power is important for two reasons: Firstly, power can be transmitted over long distances with less loss at higher voltages. So in power systems where generation is distant from the load, it is desirable to step-up (increase) the voltage of power at the generation point and then step-down (decrease) the voltage near the load. Secondly, it is often more economical to install turbines that produce higher voltages than would be used by most appliances, so the ability to easily transform voltages means this mismatch between voltages can be easily managed.
Solid state devices, which are products of the semiconductor revolution, make it possible to transform DC power to different voltages, build brushless DC machines and convert between AC and DC power. Nevertheless devices utilising solid state technology are often more expensive than their traditional counterparts, so AC power remains in widespread use.
Where to find help regarding problems with electricity?
The virtual network is a source of information of all kinds, and this is primarily due to the fact that anyone who has access to the Internet, you can actually write anything there. When it comes to electrical services, this issue looks the same. The Internet is full of advice relating to self-repair minor faults. If they do not come from a known source, however, we should not make major repairs on their own. Websites specific electricians also contain different advice, but here they concern primarily the need to call an electrician. It may turn out that insufficiently tightened the fuse will make that we will be deprived of light, and for such a trifle is not worth it to call professional help.
What matters should contact an electrician?
Very often it happens that we need to urgently call for help electrician. Electrical services are actually available in most of the clock and a phone call asking for intervention is possible at any time. Contact numbers for electricians we can find, among other things on the Internet. Before doing this, however, the phone should check that the electrical installation has not only a momentary fault or is caused by something we can remove on your own. Then call an electrician is unfounded. Repair of electrical installations is quite complicated and electricians often get calls asking about a possible valuation services. However, this is impossible in this field, with the case not aware of many customers