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Do You Have the Right Outlets Installed in the Right Places?

electrical-outlet-and-cover-plateIf you have an older home, or are interested in having renovations done on a newer property, then there will come a time, sooner than later, that you need to contact a professional electrician in Waltham, MA for outlet installation. When that time comes, do you know how to choose which outlets are best, and where?

This is not as easy a task as just hopping in a standard hardware store and picking up the most affordable thing you can find—you will want to factor in what is safest for your living space.

GFCI and AFCI Outlets

You’ve likely heard of both, and may even already have both in your home. They’re pretty common in today’s modern homes. However, there’s often a bit of confusion about what the difference between the two are and if you really need both. Our team is here to help you with any questions you may have, and in the meantime, we’ve shared some helpful info below!

What’s the Difference?

A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet helps to prevent burns, electrical shock, and electrocution. Ground faults happen when electricity takes the wrong path to the ground—such as unintentionally making contact with a human body.

When this happens, the circuit automatically shuts down to stop the flow of electricity. Because water in an electric conductor, GFCI outlets are best installed in areas where water and electricity have the chance to meet—bathroom areas, kitchens, laundry rooms, garages, and outdoor/pool areas.

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) help prevent electrical fires rather than electrocution. Arc faults happen due to loose connections and/or frayed wiring in the electrical system.

An AFCI outlet functions similarly to the GFCI outlet, except that it automatically shuts the electricity off before overheating occurs.

“Do I Need a Pro for Outlet Installation?”

Well, yes. When a job requires handling electrical wiring, it’s vital that the only ones handling it be professional electricians. This ensures your safety as well as the safety of your property. When you hire a professionally licensed and extensively trained electrician, you can rest assured that the work will be done correctly right from the start, and that the technicians on the job have the skills needed to handle anything that can go wrong. Other benefits to seeking professional assistance include:

  • Upfront Cost Estimates: Let’s face it, doing any type of work on your home can be costly, especially if something goes wrong during the process. When you hire a pro, however, you’ll get an educated guess on what the project will cost, and the peace of mind that it won’t go much hirer than that.
  • Guaranteed Professional Work: If something goes awry after an electrical installation, but you did the project on your own or you hired a general handyman for the job, you may be at a loss of what to do next, and you’ll probably find yourself paying for professional electrical repairs Do yourself and your wallet a favor and hire a pro from the get-go.

Contact FB Integrated Solutions Inc. today for quality electrical services and more.

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