With all of the electrical devices we plug in every day, your home’s outlets must supply the power needed and keep your family safe at the same time. If you need extra outlets or want to upgrade your current ones, call Titan Plumbing and Electric today for an appointment in Tampa, FL.
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GFCI Outlets & Where to Install Them
A GFCI outlet stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, which means that it protects people from receiving electric shocks from faults in the appliances and devices we use every day. These outlets work by comparing the input to the output and cuts off power if it senses a difference in the current.
Experts recommend you install GFCI outlets anywhere in or around your home where moisture is present, such as the bathroom, laundry room, basement, garage, pool, kitchen, etc. If you’re still unsure, call Titan Plumbing and Electric and let us inspect your electrical needs and recommend a GFCI installation to fit your needs best.
Consider Installing USB Outlets
Think of all the devices we use today that require charging via USB. Also, think about how many times someone comes over and needs to plug in a phone or tablet to charge. The problem is that to charge these devices; you have to take up valuable socket space for the charger. However, today, homeowners have the option of installing USB outlets into which you can plug in your USB cable directly. Not having to plug in the adapter means you get the benefits of USB charging without losing valuable outlet space for other devices and appliances.
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When to Upgrade Your Outlets
We depend on our electrical outlets every day, and yet we rarely think about them. However, maybe you live in an older home and recently tried to plug in a TV only to find your outlet has two prongs instead of three. Or, perhaps you plugged in a device and got a small shock. Either way, old outlets are dangerous both to you and your devices, which is why it’s essential to upgrade your home’s outlets to the latest models available. Upgrade your outlets if:
- You don’t have any or enough three-pronged outlets
- Your outlets spark when plugging in a device
- You smell smoke or something burning when using an outlet
- Your outlets are brown or discolored
- The wall or outlet is warm or hot when in use
- The sockets are too loose, and plugs won’t stay in
Call Titan Plumbing and Electric and let us inspect your home’s outlets and recommend an upgrade.