Features & Finishes
Electrical & Communications
Electrical and Telecommunications
It’s important to understand the many features and finishes in your home, their purpose and how best to care for them.
A wall switch controls one-half of a duplex electrical outlet in some areas of your home. Power will only be directed to that portion of the electrical outlet when the corresponding light switch is in the ‘ON’ position.
We recommend that the switched outlets be utilized for light fixtures only.
GFCI protected outlets (safety feature)
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is a safety feature on electrical outlets located near a sink or water source that prevents the risk of electrical shock. All GFCI receptacles can be tested and reset through an associated Test/Reset button on the outlet.
Main electrical breaker panel
The breaker panel in your home contains circuit breakers and a legend to indicate the area or device it controls. When an electrical circuit becomes overloaded, the breaker opens (‘breaks’ or is ‘tripped’), and the circuit and the corresponding area or device automatically switches off.
A circuit breaker, once tripped, must be reset to resume normal operation. Should an electrical outlet, fixture, or appliance in your home not work; check the breaker panel first to see if a circuit breaker has tripped. Circuit breakers have three positions: ‘ON’, ‘TRIPPED’ and ‘OFF’. The location of your panel will be pointed out to you during your PDO.
Resetting a tripped breaker
To reset a circuit breaker, first switch it to the ‘OFF’ position before you switch it back to ‘ON’. Switching the breaker directly from ‘TRIPPED’ to ‘ON’ will not restore service.
If resetting a breaker does not restore service, please contact the Minto Warranty Team for guidance. If there is no power to any lights, outlets or appliances, it is usually due to a power outage.
Your home has multiple outlets throughout for telephone, television, and internet access.
- Telephone outlets have a white, square port for standard home telephones
- Cable TV outlets have a circular threaded port suitable for coaxial cabling
- Data outlets for wired internet access have a yellow, square port suitable for CAT-5 cabling
Capped ceiling outlets
If you have added capped ceiling outlets to your home, they will be identified as large, white plastic disks, located in the ceiling. The disk covers the wiring rough-in and anchor for your own ceiling or pendant light fixtures.
Minto Communities Smart Home Package includes a feature-rich smart home package, available in applicable communities.
- Connects you to your thermostat
- Monitors and measures performance of your ventilation, heating and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Provides you with alerts in case of water leaks.
Hire a professional
As construction professionals, Minto Communities encourages you to hire a licensed, professional Electrician should you choose to replace existing light fixtures or install additional lighting in your home.
Incorrect installation of electrical fixtures or modification of the electrical supply in any way will result in the loss of warranty coverage for any of your home’s electrical issues.