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Types of Outlets You Need in Your Home

Think about how many appliances and devices you have plugged into your home’s electrical system. Chances are, even if you sat down and really tried to count them all, you’d still miss a few. That’s because, in this day and age, we have more devices to plug in than ever before.

That being the case, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough outlets to power all your electronics, right? Well, not all outlets are created equally, so you need to make sure that you have the right ones installed in your home.

15-Amp Outlets

These are your standard outlets found is basically every home in the country. They feature two vertical prongs with a u-shape hole and work for everyday devices such as chargers and DVD players.

GFCI Outlets

GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) will cut the power running to an outlet if it detects a short circuit or ground fault — something that can occur when water and electricity come in contact. Your home is actually required by electric code to have these types of outlets anywhere where water may come in contact with the outlet such as your kitchen and bathroom.

Tamper-Resistant Outlets

These outlets are also required, by law, to be used in all new construction projects after 2008. They work similarly to 15-amp outlets and look the same, but they have a built-in mechanism that prevents small objections from accidentally being inserted into them. If you have small children, these are a must for safety.

30-Amp/50-Amp Outlets

Larger appliances, such as your clothes dryer and refrigerator, often need to be plugged into these special outlets that feature a different prong configuration and can carry more current.

USB Outlets

Most phone and tablet chargers use USB outlets, so if you’ve lost the block charger your cord normally plugs into, it can be very convenient to have USB outlets installed in your home. Plus, plugging your chargers directly into a USB port and skipping the block plug can reduce your use of vampire electricity.


Our experienced and friendly technicians can provide you with comprehensive residential electrical services. If you are in need of something simple like a new light fixture or you would like to replace your entire electrical system, we can do it all. Call us today to schedule your next service!