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4 Types of Outlets You Can Install in Your Home


If you’re looking to make some electrical upgrades to your home, start with the outlets. Upgrading your home’s outlets will help you make it safer, more energy-efficient, and more tech-friendly.

The four types of outlets that we recommend you install in your home are listed below.

GFCI Outlets

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor which essentially means that this outlet will shut off all power to that outlet when it detects a short circuit. GFCI outlets are usually a bit more expensive than regular outlets, but they are required in all kitchens and bathrooms and prove especially useful in these locations.

Switched Outlets

Switch outlets give you the ability to control whether an outlet has power or not with the simple flick of the switch. This switch option will help to limit your standby consumption of energy. For instance, if you have your coffee pot plugged into this outlet, you could leave it plugged in all day, and as long as the switch is in the “off” position, it won’t draw power.

USB Outlets

As USB chargers become more prominent, it might be beneficial for homeowners to install a few USB outlets in certain locations throughout the home. A USB outlet will be most beneficial in locations where residents spend the most time, so the living room, game room, office, and bedrooms.

The best type of USB outlet is one that has two USB ports as well as two regular outlet receptacles.

Smart Outlets

With a smart outlet, you are able to turn devices and appliances on an off with the press of a button on your smartphone. Because these outlets are connected to and controlled by an app, they also have the ability to learn your habits so that they know when to turn the coffee maker on without you even having to press a button.

For more questions about electrical upgrades and making the outlet switch, contact the experts at A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical.