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Apartment switchboard

We all know those small, compact switchboards located above the front door of most apartments.

So-called apartment switchboards gather and accommodate all the circuit breakers in one place.

If you are interested in buying an apartment switchboard and looking for more information about its functions, you have come to the right place: the Elmark online store, where you will find a wide selection of models at great prices.

What is an apartment switchboard?

An apartment switchboard or, to give it its full name, an apartment switchgear box, is a module in which individual circuits are distributed in the electrical system of a given apartment as mentioned above and circuit breakers are then fitted on these circuits.

There are two types of apartment switchboards: for fitting externally and for embedding. For the former, the box is installed on the surface of the wall. For the latter, things are not the same: embedded apartment switchboards are installed in a hole in the wall and are usually screwed into the wall.

All apartment switchboards are made of plastic.

However, don’t be misled by first impressions: although made of plastic, these switchboards are extremely stable and well-protected because of the high-quality materials used.

Most apartment switchboards are shockproof and resistant to heat and temperature differences ranging from -25 degrees to +60 degrees, so you can rest assured that the circuit breakers in your home will be well protected against impacts, fires and other hazards.

What are apartment switchboards used for?

As already suggested, the purpose of apartment switchboards is to accommodate and provide access to the circuit breakers in your home.

It is not widely known that in line with the latest trends, up-to-date fault current protection devices must be fitted in apartment switchboards when building the electrical system. This was not seriously practised in the past.

The reason lies in the fact that in the past, apartment switchboards were only used for accommodating electrical fuses, while circuit breakers are used in the more modern version.

Apartment switchboards are expected to become more functional and accommodate more and more of the electrical installation of an apartment, especially given the emerging smart technologies that are beginning to be installed in new homes.

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What apartment switchboards to choose for a home

People usually want to buy a new apartment switchboard if their apartment is being renovated or newly built.

Many people are unfamiliar with things like circuit breakers, fault current protection devices and, of course, apartment switchboards, especially if they are not skilled in the field or have never dealt with electrical systems before.

Although at first glance the choice of a circuit breaker box in your home may not appear complicated, there are some finer points to keep in mind.

To begin with, in order to meet the conditions required for fitting the apartment switchboard, the separate wiring circuits must be distributed.

The idea is for each circuit is to be connected to a separate circuit breaker to control its operation and break the circuit in the event of an overload or short circuit.

We should point out that the size of the apartment is an important factor in the choice of electrical appliances. For their part, the appliances determine the choice of circuit breaker, which must be suitable for the number of appliances.

Last but not least, the number of circuit breakers also determines the size of the apartment switchboard, which directly affects what choice you make.

In a nutshell, it takes serious planning from start to finish for everything to fit together in the end and to eliminate the need to buy extra circuit breakers and circuit breaker boxes.

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Why it is important not to skimp on the price of an apartment switchboard

Your choice of an apartment switchboard for your home should be dictated solely by quality and stability, not by price. No compromises should be made with home wiring. It is, after all, a kind of a blood system for every home and it needs care and maintenance to keep it in good working order.

Of course, the supply and competition is huge nowadays and we can all make choices to save money and obtain the desired product at the best possible price.

But this certainly does not mean that we should save money on our home, especially when it comes to something as important as wiring.

Here is a simple example to illustrate what we mean: if you invest money in a good-quality, expensive apartment switchboard, you will get a better and more stable casing, higher impact and heat protection and more space in the apartment switchboard itself, which in the long run can be a good investment.

However, we will leave you to make the final choice and we can only invite you to check out the wide selection of apartment switchboards in the Elmark Holding online store to see for yourself that quality is priceless and worth the investment.

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What else you need to know about apartment switchboards

Finally, here are a few more things about apartment switchboards which you may not know.

For example, most apartment switchboards come complete with DIN mounting rails, fasteners and, not least, neutral terminals to connect the neutral and earth conductor, the latter also depending on the number of modules.

You should also be aware that the choice of apartment switchboard depends directly on the number of circuit breakers in the wiring system, e.g. if your apartment has 5 circuit breakers, you cannot fit them in an apartment switchboard that only has room for 4.

You can look at all the suggestions that we at Elmark have prepared for you to make the most informed choice and to obtain an apartment switchboard that is fully suitable for your electrical system and meets your needs.

Take proper care of your electrical system to ensure that it has a long life and you can rely on the safety and security of your home.

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What is an apartment switchboard?

What are apartment switchboards used for?

What apartment switchboards to choose for a home

Why it is important not to skimp on the price of an apartment switchboard

What else you need to know about apartment switchboards

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