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You might think that all outlets are the same. However, that is far from the truth. There are many different types of outlets, also referred to as receptacles. The type of electric outlet that is best suited for the job will depend on the amount of space that you have in your home as well as your electrical needs.
There’s a good chance that you won’t be installing the electric outlets yourself. If you have no electrical background, you should always call electrical contractors to get the job done. They will not only be able to install the electric outlets safely and efficiently, but they will also be able to help you determine the type of outlet that is best suited for the job.
In general, there are three different outlets to choose from: tamper resistant outlets, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs). Do you know which outlet you should use where? This article will give you some background information that can help you gain a better understanding.
Tamper Resistant Outlets
Tamper resistant outlets are also commonly known as child safety outlets. These outlets are great for residential buildings especially for homes with small children. These outlets will prevent burns or shocks if and when a child sticks their fingers are objects into the outlet.
Most electrical contractors will recommend installing these safety outlets throughout the entire home. The only time that you may want to consider installing another outlet is if the outlet is out of reach from small children. For example, outlets that are behind large washing machines or outlets that are more than 2 to 3 meters above the floor do not need to be tamper resistant outlets.
Putting tamper resistant outlets everywhere can be great for safety reasons. As these are also one of the most common outlets out there, most Myrtle Beach, SC electrical contractors can get the job done fairly quickly. These outlets are also fairly affordable as well. If you plan on purchasing multiple outlets from the same contractors, you may be able to get a good deal. One of the most important things is that you need to be sure that the manufacturer will cover the cost of any warranties that are needed in the future.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
If the outlets will be placed in an area that will be close to water, you may want to consider installing GFCI instead. These outlets are great for preventing shocks due to water exposure. Many electrical contractors would recommend installing these types of outlets next to sinks, in the washroom and any areas that are near the tub. Some contractors may even recommend installing these outlets in the laundry rooms as well.
GFCI’s are fast acting circuit breakers. They will shut off electric power to the outlet in the event of a ground fault. These outlets will kick in within as little as 1/40 of a second. They are extremely effective and fast. Due to this reason, these outlets are great at preventing accidents from happening.
Some very common areas to install these outlets include bathrooms, basement, outdoor areas, kitchens and garages. This is because these areas are generally highly susceptible to ground faults. Basically, if there’s any risk at all that water will come into contact with electricity in a certain area, electrical contractors will recommend installing these outlets. These outlets are slightly more difficult to install. They also may be more costly, which is why it is always a good idea to ask the contractor which brands are the most reliable and dependable.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) are like GFCI’s in a way. They’re usually installed in susceptible homes. AFCIs are installed in areas where a fire risk may be possible. A fire can easily trip the circuit and cut off electric flow to the outlet. There are many instances where AFCIs may be the better choice. For example, some electrical contractors will recommend installing these outlets in the kitchen. These outlets can help save you a whole world of trouble if you’re not a good chef. At the very least, it will prevent accidental fires.
There are many instances where homeowners may install AFCIs in homes in Myrtle Beach, SC. It can be difficult to understand what the requirements are and where AFCIs should be installed. Fortunately, our electricians are very well trained on this subject. They will know exactly where these outlets should be installed.
If you’re looking for an AFCI outlet, then you should consider looking at the outlets in the family room, dining room, living room, bedrooms and recreation rooms. When traveling, some people have even found these types of outlets in parlors, libraries and other places.
Call Electrical Contractors to Upgrade to New Outlets
If you’re interested in upgrading the outlets in your home, give our electrical contractors a call today. They will be able to assess the condition of your home as well as your electrical needs to recommend to you the best outlet for the job. If you are unfamiliar with the different types of outlets available, you can also ask a professional to describe the advantages and drawbacks of each type. This is an extremely important process, as it will help you better understand the unique job of each outlet.
Our electrical contractors can also inspect your home to confirm that all of the electrical outlets have been installed or installed properly. For example, you may want to switch to tamper resistant outlets if you recently gave birth to a new baby.
Are you interested in upgrading some of your older outlets to newer ones? Our licensed technicians are always here to help. Give us at Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach a call today to get started. If you already know what type of outlet you need, you can also always book an appointment online.