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What Are GFCI Outlets?
A GFCI outlet stands for ground fault circuit interrupter and it’s designed to protect people from electric shocks and faults when using electronic devices. The way these outlets work is by comparing the input currents from the ‘hot’ side and the neutral side and cutting off the power when it detects a difference in currents. These outlets are essential in areas where there’s electricity and water or moisture.
Benefits of getting a GFCI Outlet Installation
Now that you know what a GFCI outlet is, let’s look at the benefits of getting a GFCI receptacle installation in your home.
- Prevents Shocks: The most important benefit to getting a GFCI outlet installation is it reduces or prevents shocks and electrocution, which can save lives
- Prevents Fire: Since GFCI outlets shut down power when they detect faults, they reduce the chance of electrical fires starting.
- Prevents Damage: Surges of electricity can damage appliances and other electronic items and having a GFCI outlet prevents this from happening.
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What About AFCI Outlets?
Maybe you’re wondering if you need an AFCI outlet installation with a GFCI installation too. AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupter) protects against damage and fires caused by arcing faults. Arcing faults are common in homes with old, deteriorated wiring. If your home is older, call your local residential electric company and ask them to assess your home’s outlets and recommend the electrical outlet repair to make your home safer.