Screven, GA Electrical Outlet Installation Services
Homes depend on electricity for just about everything, every day. Families use electricity every day in the home, from running the fridge to watching TV and switching on the lights. 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. It is the local professional electrician that can be called upon to repair the outlets or to upgrade them.
What’s new with electrical outlet installation?
Whether your home is older or newer, there are likely a few upgrades with your outlets that you could benefit from. Outlets have come a long way and current options include GFCI, USB, and “smart” outlets. You can have a look at the various kinds of outlets listed below so that you can be inspired to go for an upgrade.
Such kind of outlet will have a port that has a switch in it instead of a port. Turning the switch off will prevent any electrical flow from the outlet so that any appliance plugged into the port doesn’t remain on and drawing power all of the time. Rather than unplugging the gadget, you can turn the outlet on or off.
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlet, referred to as GFCI, was made to stop the flow of electricity when a ground fault or short circuit is detected. This provides critical protection against electrocution by water, which is the reason why they are mandatory for kitchens, bathrooms, and anywhere else water is present. GFCI outlets look like regular ones, except for reset buttons that restart the flow of electricity after they have been tripped. Typically, an older home is not going to have these installed, but it’s an easy fix. Just call a professional electrician to have them installed.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets were made standard for home use in the year 1999. In newer homes, AFCI outlets are installed at the electrical panel and play an important role in preventing electrical fires by keeping electricity from arcing from one wire to another. To protect electric wire lines in older homes, qualified electricians can install ACFI outlets either at a breaker box or the start point of each circuit.
Certain appliances need more power to work than regular outlets can supply. Laundry rooms and kitchens typically have 20A outlets for appliances with high power demands, such as washers and dryers or refrigerators. The only visible difference between a regular outlet and a 20A outlet is a small slit that runs perpendicular to the prong opening on the left side.
If your breakers are continually tripping or an appliance needs more energy than your outlets can provide, an electrician can help you switch to these 20A models and easily get your appliances to run at full strength.
Modern electronic devices can be powered with a USB cord attached to an adapter plugged into a wall outlet. Thankfully, some of the outlets on the market today have USB ports in them so you don’t have to worry about losing your adapter. USB outlets can either have two regular ports and two USB ports or just four USB ports without the regular ones. No matter which style you choose based on your needs and the locations of the outlets, you can trust a professional electrician to help you with the installation.
Rather than utilizing a switch to control a gadget, anything that is connected to a smart outlet can be controlled with an application from a phone or with voice directions from a smart home speaker. This is an easy way to turn the lights on or off or schedule their use.
Lights that turn on and off automatically at certain times of day give the appearance that someone is at home, even when they’re not, which deters thieves. Landlords can set a timetable for smart outlets to be more cost-effective and reduce their power bills. Even though smart outlets are more expensive, they have endless benefits.
When there are outlets in the home that are not working or have burned in them, then these should be checked immediately by an electrician. Working with electricity can be dangerous for those who are unfamiliar with the different wires and the network of the house, particularly when problems already exist. Don’t put yourself or your family at risk. Always contact your local electrician to assist you with any outlet or electrical issue you require.