How do the electrical outlets in your home currently look? Do they appear clean and operate smoothly, providing the power that you need? Or do you have an outlet or two with burn marks that don’t like to respond consistently? Having the right outlets in the right spots of your house is an essential requirement. If you did not know that there was more than one kind of outlet or are not sure which one goes in which area, the professionals from TriStar Electric can help. We can check out the electrical outlets and other units in your home to ensure that they’re all working properly. Read on to learn the differences between GFCI and AFCI outlets!
What Are the Outlet Differences to Know?
Figuring out the outlets inside your house isn’t just a matter of heading out of the store and finding one that’ll look nice on the walls. The room you need the outlet for is going to define precisely which type of outlet you need. Here are the types of outlets you should know about and their functions:
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlets
GFCI outlets are very important to your house. This is because these outlets’ function is to stop any electrical surges from causing damage when the current flows in the wrong direction. This outlet is best for your house areas that encounter higher levels of moisture and humidity, like the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. A GFCI outlet will keep you safe just in case there is an electrical appliance or outlet that meets too much moisture.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) Outlets
AFCI outlets will not be helpful in your bathroom, but it’ll be a great help in your living rooms, bedrooms, and other areas of your house that stay dry. The purpose of this kind of outlet is going to be to monitor the flow of electricity in your entire system and detect any malfunctions. If the outlet picks up on an electrical malfunction, the AFCI outlets will stop dangers like electrical fires.
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