Electrical outlets come in a variety of different styles. Before your hire a Sacramento contractor to install your electric outlet, you need to understand the different types of electric outlets and determine which one is the best for your needs and your wall. Here are the major types:
- GFCI outlets: GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and is one of most common types found in homes. The specialty feature of the GFCI outlet is that it has the ability to shut off the power circuit when current flows through an unintended path. When there is a short circuit or ground fault, the GFCI outlet shuts off the power and helps protect your device and home from danger. Because of its function, it can be a bit expensive. However, it is the required outlet for kitchens and bathrooms in homes.
- ACFI outlets: ACFI stands for Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter. As the name suggests, it protects from ‘arcs’ which happen when electricity jumps from one wire to another all of a sudden. The ACFI is similar to the GFCI outlet in appearance but the ACFI is used mostly in homes in the circuit breaker box. Some older homes do not have any ACFI outlets, but it is better to install them, as they can protect you from arcs in the whole circuit.
- 20A outlets: 20 A outlets, short for 20 amp outlets, are capable of handling 20 amps of electricity each. These do not offer any of the power shut off protections of the first two outlet types, but the 20 A is one of the most common kinds of electric outlet used in the kitchen, wash area, bathroom etc. It is best in instances where you use electric appliances that have higher power consumption capability.
- Switched outlets: Switched outlets allow you to plug two devices into it at the same time. Switched outlets are also called half-hot outlets. This is a duplex outlet in which half of it is hot all the time while the other can be managed by a normal switch on the wall.
- Other outlets: There are other types of outlets such as very modern smart outlets, USB outlets, and 15 A outlets that each has its own specifications and uses. The best way to understand electric outlets and pick the right one is to talk to a licensed electrician. Monsters Electric can help.
Your projects go more smoothly with assurances of safety if you bring in a professional to manage your electrical needs. In order to keep your home safe from preventable electric fires, it is essential to monitor and upgrade your electric outlets as needed, especially if you are living in an old home. You need to be confident of the safety of your electric outlets and wiring. Outlets must be upgraded according to the standards of present codes in order to assure safety. Faulty outlets need to be repaired to reduce the risk of electrical fires in the home.
Damaged or unprofessionally installed electric outlets are also at risk. It is highly recommended that you or a professional inspect the electric outlets in your home from time to time so you can avoid the possibility of electric shock or short circuiting. Of course, it is always better to hire the service of a licensed electrician for inspection, maintenance, and installation of electric outlets, as it ensures your safety.