Different Types of Outlets & When to Use Them

When you moved into your home, you probably didn’t think much of the outlets you have and how you use them. But to make the most of your home’s electrical system, you should be utilizing the right type of outlets and using them the right way to make sure you are getting the most out of your appliances and preventing any damage. Find out more about the different types of outlets available, where they should be in your home, and how you should be using them.

Types of Outlets

Grounded outlets: Grounded outlets are also known as the standard-three prong outlets you would most likely see in your home. In modern homes, these are the typical outlets that are the default, replacing the previous two-prong outlets. These should be installed in your home for standard outlets to stay safe with electrical code.

GFCIs: GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupters and refers to outlets designed with a built-in mini breaker. The purpose of the breaker is to detect shorts or other dangerous conditions and will immediately turn off the outlet. This prevents damage to your property or any potential danger. GCFIs are typically used in kitchens, garages, bathrooms, outdoors, or anywhere else where the outlet might be exposed to water or damaging elements.

AFCIs: AFCI stands for arc-fault circuit interrupters, which are like GFCIs, but protect specifically against arcing. They are not as common in most homes as GFCI but are necessary in some situations. AFCI outlets are typically found in residential family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, closets or hallways.

240v outlets: You may have seen a 240v outlet before which are the large, 3 or 4 prong outlets you typically see in basements or utility spaces. They are typically used for appliances that have a large energy demand, such as a washer, dryer, dishwasher, or HVAC system.

USB outlets: USB outlets are an updated version of standard outlets, that include an additional USB port for smartphones, tablets, or other devices. This simplifies your charging experience and makes using your devices simpler – and is perfect for anywhere you want to charge your device, like bedrooms, kitchen, or living room.

Smart-home outlet: Smart home outlets give you more control over your home electrical system by allowing you to remotely control them via phone applications. They can be installed anywhere in the home where you have a device or appliance you may want to be able to control remotely.

Work with A Licensed Electrician for All Your Home Electrical Needs

If you think it’s time to update your outlets, or there’s anything else in your home electrical system that needs work, work with a local licensed electrician to make sure everything is safe and secure for you and your family.

At Empowered Global, we are proud to service Bonita Springs, Naples, Estero & the surrounding areas – and we specialize in residential electrical service work, residential remodels, commercial electrical services, and whole home generator installation services. For any of your needs, we will provide quality electrical service with attention to detail and unparalleled customer service. Contact us today by phone at (239)330-4520 or through our website here.

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