Electrical Outlet Installation Services
Each day, homes rely on electrical power to do basically everything. From operating the fridge to watching television, to switching on lights, families rely on reliable electricity for virtually all of their everyday home functions. But electricity needs actual outlets, for, without them, it cannot be accessed.
An outlet that is broken or not operating properly can be quite frustrating and even dangerous. When you’re ready to upgrade or repair your outlets, it’s best to contact a professional electrician to make sure the job is completed properly and meets all safety standards.
What’s new with electrical outlet installation?
Regardless of whether you live in an old or a new home, there are most likely a couple of upgrades you can have with your outlets. We’re no longer limited to the standard two-prong models and have the option of choosing GFCI, USB, and/or smart outlets. You can have a look at the varying types of outlets below to become inspired for your next electrical outlet set up process.
This kind of outlet is usually equipped with one port with a switch that is located on the other port. The switch stops or starts the flow of electricity from the outlet, so whatever it is providing power does not need to be on at all times. This simplifies the conservation of electricity. Instead of unplugging your device, simply switch the electricity off at the plug.
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlet is designed to halt the flow of electricity when a short circuit occurs or a ground fault is identified. This especially protects against water electrocution, which is the reason they are mandatory for the kitchen and bathroom, or any other place in the home near the water. They look very much like a regular outlet, with two buttons that allow you to reset the outlet in the event it is tripped. If these outlets are not yet installed in your home then a professional can install them there.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter AFCI outlets only became standard in 1999, so older homes may not have them. Presently, AFCI outlets are introduced at a breaker box to help prevent electrical power from bouncing from one wire to the next, which can cause fires. A professional electrician can install AFCI outlets in an older home and would do so either at the breaker box or right at the beginning of each circuit so the whole line is protected.
Some household appliances use more power than is available from the average electrical outlet. It is common to find 20A outlets in places like the kitchen or laundry room, as these can provide more power to appliances that need a higher electrical output. A 20A outlet looks like a regular one except for a small slit that is perpendicular to the prong opening on the left side.
An electrician can help upgrade your faulty breakers and underpowered outlets to these 20A styles that swiftly get your appliances running at maximum capacity.
A lot of modern devices require USB cords to power themselves but they can’t use regular outlets without an adapter, which is highly inconvenient. Fortunately, some types of outlets have USB ports on themselves so you don’t have to worry about not having an adapter when you need to power your device. USB outlets may have two regular ports with two USB ports or four USB ports without standard ports. Contingent upon the necessities of the family and zones of the home these outlets are required, families can pick between the two styles and have an electrician do the electrical outlet installation.
If you use a smart outlet, you can use an app or even a voice-controlled speaker to manage the plugged-in device. Turning devices on and off is easier and homeowners can set a schedule for the use of lights.
This type of light can be scheduled to power on or off at the set time as a way of deterring theft to your home while no one is there. Some homeowners prefer outlets that can be programmed on a certain schedule to help control their energy use and electric bills. Smart outlets may be more expensive when compared to standard ones but they come with unlimited applications and benefits.
An electrician must immediately check outlets that don’t work or look like they have burn marks on them. Working with electricity can be dangerous for those who are not well-versed with the various wires, particularly if there are problems. To maintain a strategic distance from any superfluous hazard, consistently call your electrician for help with any electrical outlet work you require.