Using Extension Cords or Power Strips vs. Adding New Outlets

It’s hard to imagine completing your daily routine without the aid of your favorite handy devices and appliances. Many of the things that you use every day require electricity. However, sometimes there just aren’t just enough places to plug them in. This is where extension cords or extra outlets come in handy.  

Determine which option best suits your needs with the help of a residential electrical repair provider.

When Are Extension Cords or Power Strips Ideal?

A power strip features electrical sockets and an electrical plug and cable at the end. It’s made to handle many devices located close to each other. 
Some come with a circuit breaker that’s triggered when there’s a short circuit or power overload. 

On the other hand, an extension cord has a long cable and at least one socket. It’s ideal for electrical devices that are at a distance from the outlet. You can get them in various lengths, and there are even some that are more than 20 feet long. 

An extension cord is great for devices placed far from outlets. Meanwhile, power strips are a good option if you want to multiply electrical outlets from a single source. If you’re unsure which is the best fit for your needs, you can always consult licensed residential electricians.

When to Have New Outlets Installed

You’ll need to add an outlet if the appliances you’ll plug in have higher wattages than what an extension cord or power strip can handle. Adding electrical outlets in your home will help improve safety and prevent fires or electrical shocks. It’s also a more appealing option than having multiple cords snaking around your furnishings or along the walls. 

If you’re thinking about having more outlets installed in your home, get in touch with Bailey & Shipp today! We offer quality electrical and generator installation services. Give us a call at (410) 457-3507 or fill out our contact form to request a service appointment. We work with clients in Columbia, MD, and nearby areas.

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