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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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2 Main Kinds of Electrical Outlets You Need to Include in Your Home Build

by Regina Barnett

If you are having your first home constructed, your thoughts and concerns are likely focused on the design elements you want to be included in the house, the floor plan of the new space and perhaps even the selection of materials that will best suit your budget. Not many homeowners tend to consider electrical installation as the main priority as they know their house will have an electrical system retrofitted.

What you may not realise as a newbie to home construction is that while every room in your home will have outlets, these outlets can be significantly different. Understating what the types of outlets are available and why they should be located in specific rooms makes it easier for you to make the best use of these outlets and prevent electrical problems down the road. The following are two main kinds of electrical outlets that you need to include in your home build.

GFCI electrical outlets

GFCI is an abbreviation for ground fault circuit interrupter outlets. These outlets are designed to automatically shut down the power supply once they detect that a short circuit is about to happen, more so due to exposure to moisture. Hence, GFCI electrical outlets are must-haves in the wet rooms of your home build, for instance the bathroom and the kitchen. You may also want to install these speciality outlets in your basement, mainly if your home is located close to a water body. GFCI units are not only crucial to preventing accidental scorching of the outlets due to the short-circuiting, but they can also be highly useful in avoiding undue electrocution.

AFCI electrical outlets

AFCI stands for arc fault circuit interrupter outlets. These outlets have a distinctly similar appearance to their GFCI counterparts, but they work very differently. The main aim of having AFCI electrical outlets in your home is to ensure that you are not at risk of harm when electricity ends up jumping from one wire to a different one. When this jumping happens, there is a high chance of an electrical fire occurring, which could translate into huge property loss. Furthermore, since you cannot tell where the electricity jumped, it may also be quite tricky to pinpoint the source of the fire, making it even harder to extinguish. If you can, it is advisable to have all other outlets in your residence be of the AFCI variety since this measure adds an extra layer of protection to your home.

To learn more about your electrical outlet options, contact local electrical contractors.