There are different types of electrical outlets designed to match the requirements of your appliances, power tools, and electronics. Outlets and outlet covers are available in a variety of colors, wood finishes and metals such as brass and nickel. Coordinated sets of wall switches and matching the switch plates are available.
Some Different Types of Electrical Outlets
1. GFCI Outlets
- The ground fault circuit interrupter, or the GFCI for short, is meant to quickly shut off an outlet’s power when it detects a short circuit or ground fault.
- Normal electrical flow occurs when the current comes through the hot wire and goes back through the neutral wire, but if electricity flows beyond that, GFCI outlet will trip.
2. AFCI Outlets
- Though it’s not as well-known as the GFCI outlet, the AFCI outlet looks similar.
- Short for arc-fault circuit interrupter, it protects from the arcs, which happen when electricity jumps from one wire to another, which can result in a fire.
- The modern house built after 1999 should have AFCI circuit breakers installed at the circuit breaker box.
- If you live in the older house, you can install the outlets at the starting of every circuit, which will protect all outlets following in that circuit.
3. 20A Outlets
- With 20A circuits and the 20A outlets, you can use more power-hungry devices without the breaker tripping, because they can help 25% more load compared to most other outlets.
- You’ll determine the 20A circuits and breakers in kitchens, laundry rooms, and the garages since most power-hogging appliances are located in those areas.
4. Switched Outlets