The ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI outlet is a must when it comes to the safety of your home. The GFCI outlet helps to protect your family from an electrical shock even in moisture-prone areas. By monitoring the flow of electricity coming from the power source, the GFCI outlet is an electrical outlet that will help you prioritize your family’s safety.
Here’s why you should install GFCIs in your home.
A GFCI outlet is different from a conventional outlet in that it continually analyzes the electrical current within an outlet. It does this by picking up any current interruptions. These interruptions are detected by monitoring the amount of electricity that travels towards and away from a circuit. A leak or imbalance is detected when the amount of electricity that returns to the circuit is lower than the amount that enters the circuit. When the current becomes unbalanced, the GFCI turns off the electricity to prevent a malfunction.
Here is a list, compiled by the experts at Art Plumbing, AC & Repair, of all the benefits that come with having GFCI outlets installed in your home.
If you have any malfunctioning appliances, there can be a fire risk in your home. Ground faults that originate from your electrical appliances can cause sparks that easily lead to a fire. GFCI outlets cut off the flow of electrical current as soon as a change in the electrical current is detected which eliminates the risk of electrical fires substantially.
Ground faults can occur when electrical devices are damaged beyond repair. If you happen to touch a faulty device, you will become the pathway between the electrical current and the ground. The outlet senses the smallest changes in electrical flow and reacts instantly by cutting off the power. GFCI outlets will decrease the risk of electric shocks in our home.
Appliances have a maximum amount of current that they can handle. A regular outlet isn’t able to monitor the device and so any irregular flow to or from a conventional outlet may end up damaging your appliance. A GFCI outlet automatically cuts the power to the appliance which prolongs the life of your appliance by preventing any damage.
GFCIs are very important when it comes to wet or damp areas like kitchens and bathrooms. This is because damp or wet areas are more prone to electrical shorts caused by water. Additionally, any areas that may be prone or exposed to rain or snow such as a garage or porch will also benefit highly from a GFCI outlet.
The process of replacing damaged appliances can be a costly one. Furthermore, having to clean up after the damage and mess created by an electrical fire will be heavy on your budget. GFCI outlets are a preventative solution to helping you save money. Outlet installation is a complex task that is best performed by a licensed electrician. Art Plumbing, AC & Electric are specialists when it comes to GFCI outlet installations in the South Florida area. Our team of experts will offer you a holistic solution to all your home’s electrical needs. Call us today at 1-800-475-1504.
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