4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Outlets

Let’s be honest, it’s highly likely that the electrical outlets in your home are the same ones that came with the house when you purchased it. This is the case for most homeowners. The outlets on our homes aren’t given much thought at all – unless you are trying to plug something in. However, maybe it’s time to give our electrical outlets an extra thought or two. Keep your home in mind while we give you the four reasons to upgrade your electrical outlets.

Old Age

As we mentioned previously, it is highly likely that the electrical outlets in your home have been there since the house was built. No matter the age of your outlets, there are a few signs that indicate it might be time for an electrical upgrade.

Loose plugs

Have you ever plugged something into an outlet and it falls halfway or all the way out? This is a sign of an old outlet.

Cracked Plates

Your cracked plates have been collecting dust and debris over time, posing a major fire hazard.

Ungrounded outlets

A major sign of old age is ungrounded or 2-prong outlets

Smart Outlets

Out with the old and in with the new. Nowadays we have a “smart” version of everything. So why not have smart outlets, too? Smart outlets are not only going to be energy efficient, but they will be equipped with a USB port, as well. Almost all of today’s technology charges through a USB cable. Why not install smart outlets in your home so you never have to worry about a USB adapter again?


Do you feel like the outlets in your home are in the most inconvenient locations? One of the best parts about installing new outlets is that your electrician can move and add outlets to your liking.

Safety and Efficiency

One of the most important reasons to upgrade your outlets is for safety and energy efficiency. As we mentioned earlier, loose outlets can be a sign of old age and are also very inefficient. While your plug is only half plugged in, you are wasting energy and posing a great risk of electrocution. Additionally, cracked or painted plates are fire hazards. Maintain a safe and efficient home, and upgrade your electrical outlets.

Call Gulf Coast Electric to have a licensed professional upgrade your outlets today!