Your electrical outlets are probably the closest you get to the electrical wiring of your building. If you are like most homeowners, then you don’t think much of the outlets. You plug your device in and get on with your day. However, if you are looking to modernize your home, then take advantage of these technologies for your outlets. The folks at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth have put together this article as a quick guide on upgrading your outlets to meet the demands of the 21st century. Feel free to call Mr. Electric if you have any questions or would like to hire a qualified electrician.
LED Night Lights
If you have children who are afraid of the dark or if you want to add a little bit of personality to your outlets, then consider LED night lights. These lights do not take up an outlet space and actually give longer light, saving you money in the long-term with its 20-year life expectancy. There are many colors to choose from, so call Mr. Electric to explore your options.
Outlets in the 21st century have become inundated with the hoard of smaller electronic devices we use in everyday life. Your tablets, smart phones, and smart watches, for example, are probably taking up an outlet space at least a fraction of every day. USB outlets allow you to plug these devices into the outlet directly, without the assistance of a bulky adapter. Save the outlet’s receptacles for other uses.
Standard outlets are level with the wall they fit inside. This leaves plugs dangling from the receptacle, taking up space and posing a slight safety hazard. A recessed outlet is set deeper into the wall, keeping plugs from extending far beyond the surface of your wall. This is a great option for rooms with limited square footage and high outlet usage.
Tamper Resistant Receptacle
Children, especially toddlers, are dangerously curious. As they explore the world, they learn lessons the easy way or the hard way. Teach your children that outlets are extremely dangerous but take precaution as well. A tamper resistant receptacle will prevent small children from inserting foreign objects into them. This way, you can truly rest easy.
Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters
Electricity is a notoriously volatile element. Even in the controlled electrical circuit of a home, the electrical current fluctuates. Spikes above the expected range are possible and can overheat electrical wiring and damage electronics. An arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) detects when something unexpected happens and shuts down the outlet before damage can occur.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
Similar to the AFCI, the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) monitors the electricity flowing in a circuit and responds to risky interruptions by shutting off power to the circuit. While the AFCI protects the individual outlet, the GFCI is a layer of protection for the entire circuit.
Ready to Upgrade Your Outlet?
Ready to blast to the future with an outlet upgrade? Call Mr. Electric of Fort Worth to schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an emergency dispatch.