7 Ways to Upgrade Your Wall Outlets
When was the last time you gave much thought to upgrade wall outlets in your home? You can expect your electrical outlets to last 15-25 years, but in some cases, your wall outlet can fail after only 5 years! From charging your phone, to powering TVs and computers, it’s difficult to imagine a day without using multiple outlets. For something we use for just about everything, they deserve more attention.
It’s probably time to upgrade your electrical outlets if you notice any of the following:
- Sparks fly when you plug things in
- Outlets get warm when used – you might notice smoke or even burns around it
- Sockets are loose and plugs won’t stay plugged in
- Outlets have black or brown discolouration
- Frequently tripping circuits
- Power cuts out or flickers for no apparent reason
With modern technology, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to electrical outlets. They’ve come a long way in both appearance and functionality and can make a major improvement to your day-to-day life. We’ve collected 7 ways you can upgrade an old wall outlet in your home so you can make the most out of them.
USB Wall Outlet
While our phones have gone through a major transformation over the years, those bulky power pack chargers and adaptor plugs haven’t kept up the pace. With a USB wall outlet, you can say goodbye to those chargers.
USB powerpoints allow you to plug your phone, tablet, iPad or other devices directly into the outlet, while still allowing you to connect plugs to the electrical outlets as well. Well placed USB outlets can greatly improve the convenience of charging your devices in bedrooms and other living rooms. You can find out all of the benefits in our ‘why you should update powerpoints with USB sockets blog.
Sick of waiting for your movie to buffer, or perhaps you’ve heard a few too many times about how your son lost his game because of lag? Installing an internet connector, or Ethernet connection point, can greatly improve the quality and speed of internet that your device receives.
Internet connectors allow you to directly plug your device, be it a TV, desktop computer, or whatever, to your modem via a wall outlet. While not necessary for everyday use, an Ethernet cable connection can be a game changer for movies, gaming, video chats, and large file transfers.
You can have multiple internet connectors in your home connected to different devices to boost your internet speed considerably. For those working from home who rely on fast internet, this can be essential.
GFCI Wall Outlet
GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupters, are a great electrical outlet type to protect your family. These outlets monitor the current flowing in the circuit. If this reaches a shock hazard, it will turn the circuit off. This can go a long way in preventing potential electrical hazards in your home.
These are great for all around the home, however, you should make sure GFCI outlets are installed, at minimum, in your bathrooms, laundry, and kitchen.
ACFI Wall Outlet
If you’re concerned about electrical fires from outlet overheating, turn to ACFI outlets, or arc fault circuit interrupters. Like GFCI outlets, ACFI outlets monitor the current in the circuit, and if any interruptions are detected, the circuit is shut down.
ACFI protection can come from an outlet, or alternatively circuit breakers. It is best to speak with a professional electrician about which type will best suit your home.
Tamper-Resistant Receptacles (TRR)
One way you can child-proof your home is by installing tamper-resistant receptacles, or TRRs. If the junior decides to investigate an electrical wall outlet with a bobby pin, for example, TRRs prevent anything that is not a plug from being inserted into it.
You can rest easy knowing your little one won’t be at risk of electrical burns or shocks.
Recessed Wall Outlet
How many times have tried to push your TV unit right up against the wall, only to find the plugs stick out too much? Recessed outlets are set back into the wall and stop your plugs from dangling too far off the wall.
These are great especially behind entertainment systems or other furniture where you want your furniture flush against the wall.
Australian homes in 2017 had 6.4 TV screens on average, with the majority of them being internet capable. With all the cords and antennas needed to run this many TVs, these homes must be electrical nightmares.
New antenna installations have TV antenna point outlets that can be discreetly placed to allow your TVs to be connected without the mess. You can even run up to 6 TV points from one antenna depending on the signal.
With so many options, it’s easy to take your home into the modern world with an upgraded wall outlet. Whether you’re just looking for a stable TV signal to watch the footy, or are looking to baby-proof your home, Metropolitan Electrical Contractors are fully qualified to upgrade electrical outlets.
Published: 24 Jun, 2020