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Electrical Outlets

Did The Grinch Steal Your Power? Avoid Overload on Your Outlets and Breakers

Nothing is more Grinch-ey than having the power for your Christmas lights go out on Christmas Eve. What you have to consider is how you’re pushing extra electricity through your existing circuits which were designed for your daily electrical usage. The extra power you use to light Christmas decorations may not seem like much, but it may be just a bit more than your existing circuits were designed to handle. If you’re an enthusiast for holiday lighting and decorations, you may want to discuss your power needs with a professional electric contractor to assure your power needs are met.

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How Many Outlets Does Your Home Need?

The number of electric outlets in a home is often overlooked when making the purchase, but once you move in you’ll realize how important it is to have enough. Ideally in a new house the contractor and designer will have considered this factor, but it isn’t always the case. In older houses especially there don’t tend to be enough outlets for the amount of modern electronic devices commonly used.

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Replacing Outlets: Old Ones and New Ones, or if You Just Need More

Outlets, like most parts of a home or building, are designed to last for years. However, they eventually wear out, become outdated, damaged, or for some reason need to be replaced. Perhaps in an older house there just aren’t enough outlets to accommodate the number of modern devices typical in today’s homes. Never fear, there are solutions to each of these problems.

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Replacing Outlets And Switches

Every home needs upkeep and maintenance, especially older ones. The electrical switches and outlets are often overlooked. Although any particular outlet may not be important, if it isn’t working it’s likely a sign of a larger problem. Switches usually aren’t replaced when they should be but rather as an afterthought when they stop working altogether. Even if an electric outlet or switch is still working, there are times when you should go ahead and have them replaced.

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Avoid Getting Shocked With GFCIs

Many homeowners are not aware, but not all electrical outlets are equal. There are some that offer more protection than the typical outlet. These are known as GFCI outlets, or ground-fault circuit interrupter outlets. These outlets are designed to help protect against unnecessary electrical fires and electrical shock.

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Christmas Lights: Why You May Want to Consider Adding Another Outlet

Did you know that in 2013 there were approximately 230 home fires that were started due to a Christmas tree? In some cases, these fires weren't directly related to the tree. Instead, it was due to an electrical malfunction of some sort. If you have a live tree, then your risk of having a home fire around the holidays dramatically increases. Luckily, there is one simple way that you can help reduce your overall risk of a home holiday electrical fire: additional outlets.

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