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Electrical Outlets: Various Types and Their Purpose

Electricity provides us with convenience and stability, among other things. We often don’t stop to consider the mundane components surrounding us that help make electricity a part of our everyday lives. Electrical outlets are a prime example of items which we may overlook and take for granted. Even more importantly, a better understanding of them can ensure your family’s safety.

Types of Electrical Outlets

20A Outlets

20A circuits and outlets are ideal for very high consumption appliances (like hair dryers). They typically provide an additional 25% support compared to traditional outlets and can help to prevent circuit tripping.

AFCI Outlets

AFCI stands for Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter. The design of these outlets reduces sparks and risk of fire. These are extremely common and can found fitted in any post-1999 home.

GFCI Outlets

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. If a current flows beyond the hot wire and back via the neutral wire as it should, a GFCI outlet will trip. The outlet’s power source cuts off when a fault or short circuit occurs.

Smart Outlets

Smart outlets require a Smart Home hub and represent the next generation of power source innovation. While providing the functionality of traditional power outlets, smart outlets can be remotely controlled via your handheld device.

USB Outlets

USB outlets are becoming increasingly popular due to the constant need to use our smartphones, and their constant need for a recharge. When it comes to fitting one of these outlets in your home, you have a few options, including traditional outlets with USB ports included and replacing the outlet outright with USB ports exclusively.

Electrical Energy Audits

If you are unsure about whether or not your home’s electrical outlets are optimized to safely handle the load of your home’s appliances and needs, then call Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling Services for an electrical energy audit. If you are looking for an electrical energy audit in Carroll County, Maryland, let us determine if you need outlet upgrades.

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