Do you know how much electrical voltage travels through your home at any given time? The average homeowner uses a wide variety of electrical devices every day without thinking about the protections in place within their homes that prevent electric shocks. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) technology plays a big role in protecting people from suffering injuries from electrical shocks.
What Is GFCI and How Does it Work?
The purpose of GFCI outlets is to divert electrical current so a person who comes into contact with the current does not suffer electrocution. There is actually a fair amount of debate within the community of professional electrician community as to whether GFFCI and Ground Fault Interrupters (GFIs) are interchangeable.
The reality is that GFCI does the same thing as a GFI, but GFCI technically functions at the breaker level and protects the full circuit, potentially covering multiple outlets, while GFI functions at the single outlet level. However, most electricians refer to these terms interchangeably. Installing GFCI outlets throughout your home is a good way to ensure you and the other people in your house will not sustain electrocution from touching leaking current. GFCI technology includes extremely sensitive sensors that can detect any loss of current between an outlet’s hot and neutral wires. As soon as a GFCI outlet detects any current loss, the breaker will trip in about 20 to 30 milliseconds before an electrical shock can occur.
Why You Should Have GFCI Outlets Installed in Your Home
Every local government throughout the US has different regulations when it comes to home electrical wiring, and that includes GFCI standards. Typically, it’s essential to install GFCI outlets in any location where there is a risk of electrical shock due to moisture exposure, such as kitchen outlets near the sink, bathroom outlets, and laundry room outlets.
Ideally, every outlet in your home should have GFCI protection, and it is possible to ensure this is the case when you choose a reliable and experienced electrician to install GFCI outlets throughout your home. Your electrician can ensure your breaker panel has GFCI protection and all outlets throughout your home have GFI protection.
Choose Nipper Electric for GFCI Outlet Installation
Whether you’re building a brand-new home in Virginia Beach or purchasing an older home that may not have GFCI outlets installed everywhere you’d like them, Nipper Electric can help. We are a team of fully licensed and insured electricians offering professional electrical work on residential and commercial properties throughout the Virginia Beach, VA area.
Nipper Electric has more than 20 years of professional experience and a solid reputation as the leading choice of electrical contractor in Virginia Beach. We understand that many homeowners and business owners throughout the Virginia Beach area may not know every last detail about modern electrical connections, and we strive to provide as much information as possible to every customer, walking them through our work so they understand every part of our processes down to the last details.
Contact Nipper Electric Today
If you need GFCI outlets installed in your home or business, whether it’s an existing structure or you’re building something new, Nipper Electric can help. Contact Nipper Electric today to schedule your GFCI outlet installation and one of our team members will be happy to schedule service for your property. Call us at (757) 842-1710 to make your appointment.