Professional electrical installation services are always the safest way to get the electrical installation that you need. Electrical installation services can help you to choose the right outlets for your home and more. Here are some things you should consider when choosing outlets for your home.
The Common Residential Outlets
According to Bob Vila of This Old House fame, 15A, 120 volts are the most common residential outlets. These standard outlets can handle most household needs. Of course, there are cases when a standard 15A, 120V outlet is not the best option.
Keep reading to learn when you may need a different type of outlet for your home. Consulting with an electrical installation services company about unique situations can help you to get the right outlet for your needs.
GFCI Or AFCI: What’s the Difference?
Ground fault circuit interrupter outlets (GFCI outlets) come with a safety “switch.” This small built-in circuit breaker will trip the outlet and cut off electricity if moisture or an overload on the line is detected. These types of outlets are installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor areas to keep the user from being electrocuted. Typically, building codes require that these outlets are installed where an outlet is a specific number of feet from a water source like a sink or bathtub.
An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) will trip if an electrical arc is detected. The AFCI can help to prevent electrical fires. They can be installed in any room in the house to reduce the risk of electrical fires.
Large Appliance Outlets
If you have an outlet installed to use with a large appliance like a clothes dryer, a standard 15A, 120-volt outlet will likely not get the job done. You will need a 240-volt outlet installed. Any appliance that generates heat, like a heat pump, clothes dryer, or water heater, will need a heavy-duty outlet to ensure safe operation.
It’s essential that the outlet that is being installed can be supported by the electrical wiring in your home. An experienced professional can tell you more about your wiring and if the outlet you need can be installed.
Safety should always be a priority for your home. Professional electrical installation services can ensure that you get the right outlet installed. Call Long View Lighting today to learn more about your options for electrical outlets.