3 Reasons to Update Your Electrical Outlets
Electrical outlets are an essential part of our everyday lives. They power the devices that are vital to our existence, like powering our social networks for instance! But power outlets rarely get the attention they deserve. When is the last time you really took a moment to consider your safety and inspect your outlets? According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average age of houses in the U.S is 37 years old. So, chances are you are probably living and working in properties with old electrical installations.
If you are not sure whether it would be a good idea to change your electrical outlets, here is a checklist:
Safety is the number one concern: you want to be sure that your home is protected from fires. A study by the National Fire Protection Administration found that residential fires cost over $7 billion in damage in 2015. It's very important to pay attention to the signs your outlets are telling you. They can tell you when they are old and malfunctioning - if the outlets and screws are hot, it means that they are overheating and can potentially cause fire. Also, if your outlets are cracked or don’t fit properly, they are probably accumulating dust and dirt, which may not seem hazardous, but can actually cause a fire. Is your outlet painted over? Don’t assume they are 100% safe. It may be hiding an old burnt outlet, so take a closer look at those too.
2) Technology Change
Technology is advancing now more than ever. TVs are thinner, cell phones are smarter, and even as we approach a "wireless" world, still everything needs to be plugged in. We've witnessed all this change happening around us, yet the power terminal that gives life to all this new equipment has been aging in place. Outlets in some cases are no longer simply just "outlets" as we know them. Many devices are now powered by USB and incorporating charging USB Ports into multi-outlet terminals is the new norm. Consider upgrading your connectivity to accommodate your devices and incorporate additional audio and video connectivity for added convenience.
3) Home Décor
Now that you’ve recognized the need for updating, why not do it with style? You may not think that outlets make a difference in the overall look of your house or office, but changing them can add convenience and spruce up your design. For example, you can add a pop-up outlet in your kitchen countertop. Or add a simple modern convenience outlet to any surface to provide power or charging USB wherever you need it, or even add a pop of color to your power grommets. These outlets can be added as needed throughout your space and are easy to install. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating than not having enough outlets.
We urge you to check up on your building's outlets for safety, and once you begin the process of updating your power needs, please check our website for more power grommet options.