Reference our handy list of six important outlets, and their use for safety and convenience inside your home.
GFCI-Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
GFCI-Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are normally installed where water is present, in a kitchen or bathroom. These prevent electrocution by sensing if an electrical current is extending beyond the outlet, and shutting off electricity to the location. For example, if you are using an appliance, the appliance has a short, and you or the appliance comes in contact with water, electrocution can occur, as water can carry a current. GFCI Outlets are required in new home construction in kitchens and bathrooms. If your home is older, you should switch your outlets in these rooms to GFCI outlets.
AFCI-Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters
AFCI-Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters protects us in the situation of an Arc Fault, or when electricity jumps from one wire to another, creating a surge which could result in fire. These are required in all new construction, however, if you home is older, you should consider installing for best home safety.
Dedicated Circuits are outlets installed for appliances which require more amperage than a normal 20 amp receptacle. These are used mostly for clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers and stoves.
Tamper Resistant Receptacles
Tamper Resistant Receptacles are installed in most new construction, and most beneficial where children are present. They have a shutter mechanism which prevents items from being stuck in the outlet, and prevents electric shock.
are controlled by your smart phone and can be turned on and off remotely. Convenient for a multitude of reasons, especially handy if you are out of town and want your home to looked occupied.
USB Outlets are convenient when charging multiple devices within the home. The most popular type is one where you can charge two devices, yet also plug into two receptacles too. Multitasking at its best.
Walter Electric can help make sure your home is in the safest condition, and even older homes are up to current safety codes.