Homes built in the 1950’s and earlier didn’t account for how many electrical devices homeowners now regularly use. In older homes, it’s commonplace to see extension cords and additional surge protectors in every room. While these devices are a good temporary fix, extensions cords are not intended for permanent use. To add to the convenience and safety of a home, it can be a better choice to install new outlets. Homeowners that decide to install new outlets can benefit in three ways:
Running extension cords in every room is not as safe as installing power outlets. Professionally installed outlets are safely stored behind the walls. They also don’t move, which minimizes wear and tear. Extension cords, unfortunately, are exposed. Vacuums, shoes and other common household items can wear away the insulation around the extension cord. Once the wiring is exposed, the extension cord is no longer safe. In contrast, new outlets keep exposed wiring safely behind the walls.
The outlets in older homes are not located properly for today’s consumer devices. They are often located near the floor. Charging a phone on a table may require an extension cord (or a longer phone charger). New outlets can be installed where you need them. Do you work on your laptop at the dining room table? Install a outlet where it is convenient. When you add new outlets, you can place in areas that will be most convenient to you.
New USB Capabilities
New outlets have the option of including USB chargers. A common option has two plugs and two USB chargers. In theory, this outlet can charge more devices at a single time. However, homeowners should remember the amount of power to each outlet is limited, so plugging in two USB devices and two plug-in devices may increase the time that it takes to charge them all.
To add more electrical outlets to your home, we recommend hiring a professional electrician. Although it’s fairly easy for homeowners to replace cracked outlet covers or even an outlet itself, installing a new outlet requires accessing the electrical system in the wall. Correctly wiring a new outlet to the electrical system can be complex. Electricians are trained to complete the wiring according to building code, which is intended to reduce the risk of electrical fire. Once an electrician has finished the initial task of installing the wiring for the outlet, homeowners can insert and connect the outlets themselves in the future.