Whether you’re considering upgrading the electrical components of an older home, or you’re simply curious about those things in the wall that plugs go into, then this guide is for you. There are a few different types of electrical outlets, but these 3 are the most essential.
These outlets offer protection against the deadly combination of electricity and water. Ground fault circuit interrupter (CFCI’s) is designed to shut off the outlet’s power when a short circuit or ground fault is detected. Needless to say, CFCI outlets are essential to have in places like bathrooms and kitchens.
Short for “arc fault circuit interrupter,” these outlets protect from arcs, which happen when electricity jumps from one wire to another; more often than not, arcs can cause fires. It should be easy to see why these are important to have. Most modern houses have AFCI’s installed at a circuit breaker box. If you live in a house built before 1999, then don’t fret: you can have the outlets installed at the beginning of every circuit. Doing this will protect all outlets that are connected to that circuit.
These outlets are designed to support devices that exert more power, like washers and dryers. Since 20A Outlets can support 25% more of a power load compared to other outlets, they are best suited for laundry rooms, garages, and lively basements. To recognize 20A outlets, look to see if the left-side prong is shaped like a side-facing capitalized T. This little notch tells you that you are looking at a 20A outlet.
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