Do I Need GFCI Outlets in My Home?
With all of the different electronics and electrical appliances upon which we are so dependent today, it should go without saying that your electrical system is one of the greatest conveniences in your home. It must also be noted, though, that you must take every precaution in order to ensure that your electrical system is as safe to use as it is convenient. Fortunately, there are now more ways than ever in which to ensure that you are using electricity safely throughout your home. One important safety feature of any residential electrical system is the GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet. You don’t necessarily have to have such outlets installed throughout your entire Hartford, CT area home. However, there are certain applications in which GFCI outlets are strongly recommended. Keep in mind the information below, and call Electrical Connection, Inc. to have your GFCI outlets installed and serviced by a qualified, professional electrician.
GFCI outlets are easily identifiable by the “test” and “reset” buttons that they have on the outlet face. The purpose of a GFCI outlet is to provide users with additional protection from electric shock or even electrocution. They do this by measuring the input current against the outgoing. When there is a difference between the two current levels, it means that electricity is escaping from the outlets somewhere: potentially through the body of the user. The GFCI outlet can help to prevent serious injury by almost instantly stemming the flow of electricity through the device.
Because water is such a powerful and effective conductor of electricity, GFCI outlets are generally recommended in any area where damp or wet conditions may prevail. This may include bathrooms and kitchens, garages, outdoor receptacles, laundry rooms, and other areas. As electrical codes are updated, it is more and more common to see GFCI outlets require in more and more situations.
For now, you do not need to have GFCI outlets installed in every area of your home. In truth, though, it is never a bad idea to use such outlets. The benefit of increased safety levels is something that many homeowners simply cannot turn down. If you are ready to upgrade your outlets, or if you’d like more information about how GFCI outlets can protect you and your family, give Electrical Connection, Inc. a call today.