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Are Your Home's Outlets Outdated and Obsolete?

Most homes built in the last century are probably lacking in enough electrical outlets, the right kind of electrical outlets, or the proper outlet placement. Thankfully, a residential electrician can solve all your electrical outlet woes. Here are just two changes you may want to make in your home's electrical system.

1. Outlets That Accommodate Today's Technology

You're probably aware of smart plug outlet adapters, but did you know you can have an electrician hard wire smart outlets? As more and more smart products enter the marketplace, you'll be ready to fully embrace the technology. Hardwired USB outlets for charging your cellphones or any other gadget are also available.

You can have the electrician install a dedicated USB outlet with several ports or you can opt for a standard 120V and USB port combination unit. Perhaps the biggest change your home's outlets need are the outlets you plug your television and other audio-video equipment into. Flat screen, super high-definition televisions are extremely popular and will no doubt remain so. 

Yes, some electronics use Bluetooth and wireless connections, but this technology isn't always reliable because they still need to be charged eventually. An electrician can come in, assess your home entertainment system(s) and come up with a detailed plan that will streamline your home theater electrical needs, ensure these expensive components are protected from electrical surges that could fry them, place outlets where you need them to be, and conceal the cords running up and down your walls that may ruin the aesthetics.

2. Outlets That Keep You Safe

As much as you don't want your pricey electronics and electoral gadgets to fry, you probably don't want you or one of your kids or pets to get shocked or hurt by outlets. Newly constructed homes that have had their electrical upgraded in recent years already have GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets, but older homes likely don't. It's a good idea to check if your home has GFCI outlets.

These are special outlets that building codes require be used in place like the kitchen, bathroom, and often basements and garages. These outlets are extremely sensitive to electrical current deviations and will cut the power if they detect one. This means if you make the mistake of plugging in the curling iron in the bathroom while standing in a puddle of water and the cord is frayed, you won't get zapped.

If you're ready to upgrade your outlets, contact local residential electricians to get started.