Every year, thousands of people around the U.S. suffer injuries due to electrical hazards. Many of these accidents could’ve been prevented with certain electrical upgrades, such as ground fault circuit interrupters (GCFIs) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs).
Discover the difference between these two kinds of outlets here from a local HVAC repair contractor.
GFCIs offer protection from electrical shocks due to ground faults or leaking electrical current. They monitor the current in a circuit and interrupt or halt the flow of electricity to that circuit if a spike or loss of power occurs. Code requires GFCI receptacles in newly-constructed kitchens and bathrooms, as well as garages, crawl spaces and outdoor outlets. However, you mustn’t use GFCI outlets with refrigerators, freezers or other such appliances because they could trip without you realizing it.
AFCIs protect you from electrical dangers that generate heat through arcing. These issues include instances such as driving a nail through a wire or a device overheating when plugged in. AFCIs detect arching and shut down outlets before issues develop. While they aren’t installed in wall receptacles like GFCIs, they can easily be incorporated into your home’s main service panel through circuit breakers. AFCIs are essential in bedrooms, kitchens and laundry areas.
Why Are These Upgrades Necessary?
Broom Heating & Air Conditioning isn’t simply a heating repair and installation company: we also have skilled, licensed electricians to take care of your electrical needs. They’ll assess your home or building efficiently and suggest the best solutions for your problems. Standard outlets and circuit breakers are made to protect your electrical system. You should consider installing them in your home because it’s easy and cost effective to do so, and they’ll protect you and your family from electrical hazards.
At Broom Heating & Air Conditioning, you can count on us for GFCI and AFCI outlet installation. Our team is here to assist with your heating and air conditioning as well as electrical needs. Call us at (803) 754-9409 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.