Updating your electrical in your Frisco/Little Elm Home

Posted on March 3, 2011

If you have an older home you probably know all too well the difficulties of an older electrical system. At best outdated electrical wiring can be quirky, with fuses going out and having a limited number of plugs in a room. At worst, they can be downright dangerous. Older wiring was not designed to handle the increased load of electronic appliances that most homes have today, and upgrading the wiring to match your needs is a must. Two ways to make your home even safer are dedicated outlets and GFI outlets.

What is a Dedicated Outlet?
A dedicated outlet, also known as a dedicated plug or dedicated circuit, is a wall plug that runs on its own circuit separate from the other plugs in the room. By employing a dedicated outlet you lessen the likelihood of a room circuit overloading because of heavy power demands. An example of this is the outlet for the washer/dryer. However there are many other instances in which dedicated outlets are a good idea. Garage door openers, larger tools like workbench saws and welders, permanent computer workstations, exercise equipment such as treadmills, or media equipment like large flat panel TV’s and sound systems are all examples of items that might be better served on a dedicated outlet.

What is a GFI Outlet?
GFI stands for Ground Fault Interrupter. This term can be used interchangeably with GFCI, which stands for Ground Fault Current Interrupter. GFI outlets and GFCI outlets constantly monitor the amount of electricity flowing through them and if there is any interruption or sudden lightening of the electrical load, the GFI plug will cut off the flow of electricity. The benefit of this is that it keeps the user from getting harmed from a potential shock. For instance, if you drop a hair dryer into a sink, the GFI plug will sense that some of the current is going into the water and shut itself off. GFI’s are great for non-dedicated plugs to protect your family from possible injury.

We can install both dedicated and GFI outlets in your home. Call us or email us at Lightitupelect@aol.com today!