Understanding Home Electrical Outlets

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Did you know that the average home has nearly 70 electrical outlets? Cool Blew’s team of licensed and insured electricians can expertly repair and install outlets throughout your home or business. Here’s a brief list of the most common types of outlets:

Three-Prong Standard Outlets

Standard outlets are key to providing power to your plug-in devices and appliances. This type of outlet provides two long uppers slots and a bottom u-shaped slot for grounding to help prevent electrical shock. Typically, home outlets are either 15-amp or 20-amp. High demand appliances, such as cooking ranges and clothes dryers, may require outlets for 30 to 50 or more amps of power. It’s important to install the right outlet amp, so the outlet can provide electricity without tripping your home’s circuit breaker.

GFCI Outlets

Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) need to be installed in areas of your home near water or prone to moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, crawlspaces, laundry rooms, and outdoor areas. Cool Blew has the expertise to install outlets that must have GFCI protection. They are easily identifiable by the two small buttons in the center and cut off power to equipment if current leaks or spikes to hazardous levels. GFCIs have a “test” button and a “reset” button. When you want to test the outlet, push the “test” button and if power to the device shuts off, it’s working correctly.

Tamper-Resistant Outlets

These specialty outlets protect children from electrical injury blocking insertion of almost all small objects by a built-in shutter mechanism. These essential tamper-resistant outlets offer continuous electrical injury protection and are safer than plastic outlet caps that can be removed.

Specialty Outlets

Rotating outlets are perfect for accommodating large plug types such as cell phone chargers and hair dryers in the same outlet. USB outlets offer an easy solution to mobile device charging overload. Surge suppression outlets protect electronic equipment from power spikes, avoiding the need for power strips. Switch outlet combos allow you to add an additional switch for a light fixture to the outlet without the need for additional wiring.

Want to learn more about electrical outlet service from Cool Blew, including the installation of specialty outlets? Call us today at 623-872-2900. Our team is here to answer your questions and schedule service at your convenience.