How to Find the Right Type of Outlet

Electrical Outlets Come with Safety Features 

Grounded electrical outlets can last years. However, homeowners should know certain things when it’s time to replace one. For instance, what outlets come with safety features? Could the home benefit from “smart” plugs? And what about childproof plugs? Do some cost more money than others? 

Here, homeowners can learn everything they need to know about the different types of outlets. One thing is certain: they should leave the installation to a trained professional. Working with electricity can cause serious injuries, and many people do not have the skill set to avoid such harm. Some counties also have strict laws on who can install outlets and what outlets can be installed. 

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) 

AFCIs prevent electrical fires. But how? Their inherent design combats the problems when cords bend or “arc.” A cord breaks down or arcs can increase the risk of fires and other incidents. These outlets also come with “test” and “reset” buttons, giving the homeowner even more control over the outlet. 

AFCIs combat these issues: 

  • Frayed cords 
  • Nails accidentally driven into wires 
  • Wires damaged by humidity and other conditions 
  • Loose connections 

AFCIs are ideal where outlets are most commonly used, such as in living rooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, dens, and recreational areas. 


Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) 

While AFCIs prevent electrical fires, GFCIs are ideal in areas with water. For instance, they’re ideal for use in bathrooms, wet bars, kitchens, pools, spas, and garages. These extra-sensitive outlets can detect interruptions in the flow of electricity, reducing the risk of electrocution. 

It’s important to note that while many people have GFCIs in their kitchens, one shouldn’t use them to power refrigerators, freezers, and other large appliances. Doing so could cause burst fuses and “trip” the system. An electrician can examine the home’s power needs and determine the best outlets. They’ll assess the home’s electric consumption, square footage, and energy needs. More importantly, they’ll evaluate whether any electrical problems have happened in the past. 

Childproof Outlets outlet

Childproof outlets aim to minimize harm to children who may stick things in outlets. Sources note that more than 4,000 children suffer serious injuries yearly after sticking foreign objects into outlets. These objects include: 
  • Hairpins 
  • Keys
  • Paper clips
  • Toys
  • Kitchen utensils, such as knives 
  • Jewelry 
  • Other thin objects that conduct electricity 

Many people recognize childproof outlets as everyday outlets with plastic inserts. However, childproof outlets go beyond that. They rely on spring-loaded receptacles. These require a certain amount of force to get plugged into the outlet. To a child, it’s difficult to stick objects inside. To an adult, however, they’ll see virtually no difference when powering on certain items. Childproof outlets offer some of the best electrical safety features. 

These are just three outlets that homeowners can install in their residences. One should consult a trained professional for more information about the home’s energy care needs. 

About Doctor Home Experts 

The doctor’s always in when someone contacts Doctor Home Experts. These professionals are backed by the Better Business Bureau, which gives the company an A+ rating. These offer same-day repairs, outlet installation, and power outage help. 

One can schedule an appointment online for more information about their suite of electrical home improvement services. Alternatively, if one wants to speak with a professional, they can call today.