Understanding Different Types of Electrical Outlets & What They're For
Are you renovating your home or office and want to ensure that your electrical outlets are up to code and meet your specific needs? With so many different types of electrical outlets available, it can be overwhelming to know which ones to choose. In this blog post, we'll break down the different types of electrical outlets and what they're for, so you can make an informed decision that meets your electrical needs.
1. GFCI Outlets:
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are designed to protect you from electrical shock and are required in many areas of your home, including bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and outdoor spaces. When a GFCI outlet detects an electrical imbalance, it will quickly shut off the power to prevent electrocution.
2. AFCI Outlets:
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) outlets are designed to protect against electrical fires caused by arcing faults. These outlets are required in bedrooms, living rooms, and other living areas of your home.
3. 20-Amp Outlets:
20-amp outlets are designed for high-powered appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, and air conditioners. These outlets are typically found in kitchens, garages, and outdoor spaces.
4. USB Outlets:
USB outlets are convenient for charging your smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. These outlets can be installed in bedrooms, living areas, and home offices.
5. Tamper-Resistant Outlets:
Tamper-resistant outlets are designed to prevent children from inserting foreign objects into the outlet, reducing the risk of electrical shock. These outlets are required in all new homes and can be installed in any room.
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When choosing which outlets to install in your home or office, it's important to consider your specific electrical needs and the building codes in your area. At All Klear All Hours Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, our expert electricians can help guide you through the process of selecting the right outlets for your needs and ensure they are installed safely and up to code.