ElectricalAsk Our Electricians: How Do GFCI Outlets Work?

Our modern lifestyle absolutely demands that we have electricity flowing throughout our homes. The heaters that we use to keep warm, the chargers that keep our laptops and phones charged up, and countless other appliances and devices are all dependent upon the use of electricity. While electricity is so commonplace that we hardly give a thought to it or its use in our day to day lives, it is important to remember that electricity is still quite dangerous.

While electricity still has the potential to be as dangerous as ever, however, our modern electrical systems have an ace up their sleeves—several of them, actually. There are many different safety devices and precautions in place, and the GFCI outlet is one of the most effective and reliable. Chances are that you have GFCI outlets in your house, even if you don’t actually know what they are. Today, we’ll discuss how these outlets work, where they should be installed in your home, and why you need to hire professional electricians in Marysville, WA.

What Is a GFCI Outlet?

A GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter outlet, is an outlet designed to protect homeowners from shocks or even electrocution. It does this, as the name suggests, by interrupting any ground faults that may occur.

When you’re using an electrical device, electricity runs from the outlet to that device in order to power it. Electricity is always looking to take the shortest path to the ground, however, and that can cause problems if electricity, by way of a ground fault, should attempt to travel through your body.

When a GFCI outlet senses a discrepancy between the amount of electricity going out and coming back in, it can tell nearly instantaneously that this is the result of a ground fault. It interrupts the circuit in such instances, basically acting like a small circuit breaker. In doing so, it prevents more electricity from traveling through the user’s body, and that can prevent serious bodily harm.

Where Should I Use GFCI Outlets?

More and more these days, homeowners are choosing to install GFCI outlets throughout their homes. There really is no downside to doing so. That being said, you should at least have GFCI outlets installed in those areas where contact with water is common. This includes in your bathroom, of course, as well as in the kitchen and any outdoor outlets.

Now, the whole purpose of using GFCI outlets is to protect your safety. There is no point in using such safety precautions,  however, if you are not going to have them installed by trained professionals. Working with our fine electricians means not only that your GFCI outlets will be installed properly every step of the way, but also that everything will satisfy local electrical codes, as well.

With our help, you’ll be able to use your electrical system without any doubts regarding its safety.  We believe that you deserve nothing less in your home. Contact us today to get started.

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