Mr. Electric - electrical outlets http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/587 en 6 Types Of Electrical Outlet Upgrades http://www.33pulse.com/blog/6-types-of-electrical-outlet-upgrades <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>6 Types Of Electrical Outlet Upgrades</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-typesofoutletupgrades.jpg?itok=U9Krpp2p" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-typesofoutletupgrades.jpg?itok=U9Krpp2p" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 2:26pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="row"> <div class="message col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5" data-align="left"><a href="http://www.www.33pulse.com/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg" target="_blank"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=bejGi8Fy 1x" media="(min-width: 1200px)"></source><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-md/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=Sz3mirRl 1x" media="(min-width: 992px) and (max-width: 1199px)"></source><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-sm/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=aOXGrysq 1x" media="(min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 991px)"></source><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-xs/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=E_rQagnO 1x" media="(max-width: 767px)"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><!--[if lt IE 9]> <img data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive lazyload" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=bejGi8Fy" alt="6 Types of Electrical Outlet Upgrades" title="" /> <![endif]--><!--[if !lt IE 9]><!--><img data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive lazyload" srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=bejGi8Fy 1140w" alt="6 Types of Electrical Outlet Upgrades" title="" /><!-- <![endif]--></picture></a></div> <p>Is your home in need of some electrical outlet upgrades? Mr. Electric has the inside scoop with the 6 most common types of upgrades. Take a look below or you can click on our infographic at <span style="color: red;">left</span> to learn more!</p> <h3>LED Night Lights</h3> <p>LED night lights give you longer light with more available plugs. Leaving you available outlets, LED outlets also save you money with a 20-year life expectancy. Your children can sleep with more ease at night with their LED night-lights while you are keeping more money in your pocket.</p> <h3>USB Outlets</h3> <p>USB outlets are becoming the standard for homes. Instead of dealing with bulky chargers and adapters, you can plug your electronics directly into the outlet. While charging your mobile devices, you also have access to outlets for other uses. It's convenience for less than you might think.</p> <h3>Recessed Outlets</h3> <p>Unlike standard outlets that leave plugs dangling from the receptacle, recessed outlets are set deeper into the wall, preventing plugs form extending beyond the surface.</p> <h3>AFCI (Arc-Fault Circuit Interruptors)</h3> <p>When something unexpected happens causing wiring to overheat, an AFCI is necessary to detect the occurrence and shut down the outlet before damage can occur. These outlets can be easily incorporated into your main service panel and are a must have for protection from any sudden overheating.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/specialty-outlets">TRR (Tamper Resistant Receptacles)</a></h3> <p>Tamper resistant receptacles are a must have for every home. These specialized outlets feature a barrier to prevent small children form inserting any foreign objects in them. This allows you to rest easy knowing there is no risks of any injuries caused by electrical shock or burns.</p> <h3>GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters)</h3> <p>This type of outlet upgrade helps to protect you and your family form potential electrical hazards. A GFCI constantly monitors electricity flowing in a circuit and if an interruption is detected, quickly shuts off power to that circuit. Easy and inexpensive installation makes this upgrade a no-brainer for your home.</p> <p>Still have questions? No problem! Contact <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Mr. Electric</a> today to learn more about these and other upgrades you can make to your home!</p> </div> </div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/6-types-of-electrical-outlet-upgrades" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:26:35 +0000 Brad Roop 5701 at http://www.33pulse.com Why It's Important To Get Rid of Two-Prong Outlets http://www.33pulse.com/blog/is-your-home-equipped-to-handle-the-growth-of-technology <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Why It&#039;s Important To Get Rid of Two-Prong Outlets</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicgrowthoftechnology_1.jpg?itok=mVacrtVE" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicgrowthoftechnology_1.jpg?itok=mVacrtVE" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:22am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>By: Jason Lee</strong></p> <p>Ever look at old family photos? You remember, the faded picture with the brown couch, wood panel walls and yellow(ish) shag carpet. Most people look at the photo and see these things and the smiling faces of the family. We look at these photos and are taken back to a time when another generation set the rules.</p> <p>But looking a little more closely at the photo of years gone by, you might notice something that is still around the old house and room today. Hidden in the photo, but still prominent in the room where the photo was taken, is that old, painted over two prong outlet. You know the one. It had the gaudy horse-carved table lamp plugged into it. At one time it was white but it was painted to match the wall color when the paneling came down and the sheet rock went up. You changed the entire look and feel of the living room over the years but that outlet stayed the same. And, why not? It only served one function and how often does technology change, right?</p> <p>The two prong outlets had been the norm for so long and years of remodeling and redecorating never seemed to affect the outlets. No upgrades were required. Just slap a new cover on it and it was good to go. When “new technology” came about, we were ready with the “cheater” outlet that still enabled us to use three prong electronics with the old two prong outlets.</p> <p>But soon everything seemed to require three prong outlets and that left us having an abundance of those grey three-to-two prong adaptors in our junk drawer.</p> <p>Old photos are great to look at and reminisce about past times. But, we are constantly changing and our technology is expanding at a rapid rate. Modern times call for modern outlets. Two prong outlets had a good run and they served a valuable purpose, but there comes a day when the grandfather, who led the head of the family for years, has to retire and give way to change and a new way of doing things.</p> <p>Outlet changes should be made because today’s outlets give us piece of mind, safety and convenience. Safety has been a top priority for new outlet designs. All modern homes, those built after 2008, should have child-proof outlets installed.</p> <p>Today’s modern three prong outlets come with a variety of features for convenience and safety. Although the days of the two-prong outlet are numbered, <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-outlets">modern GFCI</a>, <a rhef="http://www.33pulse.com/child-proof-outlets">child-proof </a>and <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/specialty-outlets">combination outlets </a> will never forget their roots.</p> <div class="row"> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Other Related Blog Topics</h3> <div class="col-md-3"><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/childproofing-electrical-outlets-in-your-home"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-childproofingoutlets-blog.png?itok=cJduuOZq 1x" media="(min-width: 1200px)"></source><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-md/public/mre-childproofingoutlets-blog.png?itok=HZUNMdzE 1x" 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http://www.33pulse.com 3 Signs Telling You to Upgrade Your Outlets http://www.33pulse.com/blog/3-signs-telling-you-to-upgrade-your-outlets <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>3 Signs Telling You to Upgrade Your Outlets</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-3-signs-telling-you-to-upgrade-your-outlets.jpg?itok=-ysbFw1g" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-3-signs-telling-you-to-upgrade-your-outlets.jpg?itok=-ysbFw1g" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 9:21am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Are you sporting the latest in mobile technology? Smartphones, tablets, and various mobile devices are all the rage these days, going out of date faster than the milk souring in your fridge. And while you’re likely spending a lot of money keeping up with them, it’s a good bet you haven’t bothered keeping up with the outlets that keep them powered for your convenience.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-outlets">Are you missing these signs your outlets are behind the times? </a></h2> <h3>1. You never have to count higher than two.</h3> <h4 style="color: red;">The problem:</h4> <p>Besides preventing you from plugging in 3-prong appliances, ungrounded 2-prong outlets present a substantial safety risk: a risk of electrical shock to you, and a risk of frying your expensive electronics.</p> <h4>The solution:</h4> <p>Simply replacing that old 2-pronger for a 3-prong outlet will NOT solve the problem, but instead create an electrocution and appliance hazard. Rewiring the panel with a 3-wire circuit is crucial to providing the necessary ground. You may also consider<a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-outlets"> upgrading to a GFCI </a>, which is less expensive and prevents shock-related issues, but this solution will not provide the necessary ground to protect sensitive electronics.</p> <h4>We bet you didn’t know…</h4> <p>Without properly grounded outlets, surge protection is a no-go. Whether you buy a $10 surge protector or a $200 one, it offers no protection whatsoever to your appliances without adequate ground.</p> <h3>2. You recently had a hair-raising experience in the bathroom.</h3> <h4 style="color: red;">The problem:</h4> <p>GFCIs protect you from electrical shock in rooms with increased risks, such as those that could be exposed to water. GFCIs are identified by the “test” and “reset” buttons on receptacles. These devices save lives by immediately stopping the flow of current when it travels along an unintended path - such as into you. They are currently required for use with dishwashers, in baths, kitchens, laundries, garages/utility rooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, spa/pool areas, and home exteriors.</p> <h4>The solution:</h4> <p>Upgrade to GFCI outlets. It’s not worth putting your family at risk to postpone this upgrade. Fear not if your home is older. GFCIs work with or without grounding, and are easy and inexpensive to install.</p> <h4>We bet you didn’t know…</h4> <p>The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) estimates the installation of GFCIs in household branch circuits could prevent more than 200 electrocutions and thousands of electrical shocks and burns in and around the home annually.</p> <h3>3. The mixture of small children and electrical outlets in your house scares you.</h3> <h4 style="color: red;">The problem:</h4> <p>It’s not the mess, the whining, or the drooling, it’s those childproof outlets your home is missing. In older outlets, all a child has to do is stick an object in a single prong to suffer electrical injury. Whether children live with you or only come for the occasional visit, childproof outlets offer inexpensive, effective protection against dangerous electrical shocks and burns resulting from tampering.</p> <h4>The solution:</h4> <p>Adding <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/child-proof-outlets">childproof outlets </a> is a simple and inexpensive child protection solution. Childproof outlets require the use of equal pressure in all prongs of the outlet simultaneously in order to allow for the flow of electricity. They are just as easy to use as traditional plugs for adults, yet still provide essential protection for children. Upgrading to childproof outlets is simple, permanent, and inexpensive, mere pennies more than traditional receptacles. They are so effective that they are now required in all newly built homes.</p> <h4>We bet you didn’t know…</h4> <p>Of the over 2,400 electrical shocks and burns resulting from children toying with outlets annually, 70 percent occur in the presence of adults.</p> <h3>What are you waiting for?</h3> <p>These outlet types are mandated in new homes today because unlike their predecessors, whose main function is merely to deliver electricity, these outlets save lives. Still not convinced? Consider the small cost of upgrading the outlets in your home to the enormous cost of dealing with any of the situations above. You might think your home safe, but is it?</p> <p>Upgrade your outlets – not your smartphone. They’ve been patient long enough. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact Mr. Electric? </a> today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/3-signs-telling-you-to-upgrade-your-outlets" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:21:26 +0000 Brad Roop 5574 at http://www.33pulse.com What You Need to Know About AFCI and GFCI Outlets http://www.33pulse.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-afci-and-gfci-outlets <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>What You Need to Know About AFCI and GFCI Outlets</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-what-you-need-to-know-about-afci-gfci-outlets.jpg?itok=bZ7OmoY8" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-what-you-need-to-know-about-afci-gfci-outlets.jpg?itok=bZ7OmoY8" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 4:03pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Across the U.S. approximately 4,400 people are injured and an additional 400 die each year resulting from electrical hazards annually. Add in electrical fire,?and you have what results in an estimated $1.6 billion in property damage each year. Could these accidents have been prevented? When it comes to electrical safety, what you don’t know can hurt you.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-outlets">Is your home or business missing these crucial electrical safety devices?</a></h2> <h3>GFCI Outlets</h3> <p>GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter.?A GFCI is required in any areas with an increased risk of shock due to electrical hazards, such as water. In order to protect you from electrical hazards, a GFCI monitors electrical current, turning off an electrical circuit when it detects an imbalance - current flowing along an unintended path. Think of a GFCI as a small, extra-sensitive circuit breaker built right into an outlet to protect you against electrocution – even in outlets that are not grounded. GFCIs are currently required for use in:</p> <ul><li>Bathrooms</li> <li>Kitchens</li> <li>Laundry and utility rooms</li> <li>Garages</li> <li>Crawlspaces and unfinished basements</li> <li>Wet bars</li> <li>The exterior of your home/business</li> <li>Spa and pool areas</li> </ul><p><strong><em>Note:</em></strong><em> Never use GFCI outlets with refrigerators, freezers, or other appliances, as they could trip without your knowledge.</em></p> <h3>AFCI Outlets</h3> <p>AFCIs stand for arc-fault circuit interrupters, and they?protect you from electrical dangers, but of a different variety – those that create heat via arcing. Examples include a rodent chewing on a wire, driving a nail through a wire, or a device overheating where it is plugged into the wall. AFCIs detect this arcing, shutting down outlets before damage can occur. They are not found in wall receptacles like GFCIs, but instead are easily incorporated into your home or business’ main service panel in the form of specialized circuit breakers. AFCIs are required in:</p> <ul><li>Bedrooms</li> <li>Any sleeping area: dens, foldout couches, etc.</li> <li>Kitchens</li> <li>Laundry areas</li> </ul><h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/circuit-breaker-replacement">Do I really need to upgrade my outlets and breakers? </a></h2> <p>Though you may have an older home or business where building codes do not require these outlets, proper home safety does. Regular outlets and circuit breakers are designed to protect the house's electrical system, not people. With these devices being so easy and inexpensive to install, why wouldn’t you want to protect yourself and others from the unnecessary electrical hazards overlooking them presents?</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-code-updates">Recent electrical code updates regarding these devices you may not be aware of:</a></h2> <p>As of 2014, the National Electric Code (NEC), the nation’s singular code for safe electrical installation, has added the following standards for the safety of your home or business:</p> <ul><li> <h4>GFCI protection for laundry areas</h4> <p>All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in a laundry room now require GFCI protection, whether or not a sink is present.</p> </li> <li> <h4>GFCI protection for kitchen dishwashers</h4> <p>As dishwashers age, the risk of electrical shock increases, thus the latest requirement for GFCI protection on all dishwashers, whether they use a receptacle outlet or are hardwired in.</p> </li> <li> <h4>AFCI protection for kitchen and laundry areas</h4> <p>As of 2014, the NEC has recently added kitchen and laundry areas to the list of areas requiring AFCI protection. This includes all 120-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying not just outlets but also devices found in these rooms.</p> </li> </ul><p>Shocked by how inadequately prepared for electrical hazards your home or business is? Don’t get burned by ignoring the need for these inexpensive, potentially life-saving devices. Contact Mr. Electric? today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-afci-and-gfci-outlets" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:03:37 +0000 Brad Roop 5570 at http://www.33pulse.com

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