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Safety First With Surge Protection

Nowadays, more than ever before, we are constantly plugged in. From kitchen appliances to electronic devices, our electrical outlets are constantly on the clock. Think about it, when you’re getting ready for work--how many electrical sockets are you using? Your phone is definitely plugged in, your toaster is preparing your breakfast, your hairdryer is on high, or your electric shaver is buzzing away, and your tv is on, playing the news in the background. Oh, and don’t forget your refrigerator and air conditioner! They are always connected to power. That is at least 7 outlets in use before you have even had your morning coffee. And look, there is one more kitchen appliance--your coffee maker--hooked up to an electrical outlet.

As you can see, all of your daily devices and appliances require power; and, although they are made to distribute electrical currents evenly, power surges happen. You may be a multi-tasking master; however, your electrical grid may not be. But, no need to worry! The Electrical Doctor is in and ready to share how installing whole-home surge protection will keep your busy morning routine safe from potential power surges.

What is a Power Surge?

A power surge is a sudden, intense spike in power within your supplied electrical current. This spike in voltage surpasses the safe limit of delivered power and will damage the devices plugged into the affected outlet. Furthermore, power surges can cause internal electrical rotting, resulting in destroyed circuits and home fires.

What Causes a Power Surge?

Although rare, lightning can cause power surges. If lightning strikes near a power line, it exponentially increases the supply of energy to your home and overloads your outlets with electrical pressure. This is very dangerous and can cause serious electrical damage, break devices plugged into your energy supply, and even instigate a fire.

More commonly, high-powered appliances will cause surges in your home. For example, your air conditioning unit demands a lot of energy to maintain a cool, consistent temperature. When the unit is switched on, it demands a large amount of power at once and can create a spike in voltage high enough to create a power surge. This increase in energy subsequently raises the heat generated by the air conditioner; as a result, your appliance can overheat, melt, break down, or catch fire.

Implementing Surge Protection

Placing surge protectors in your home will safeguard your home from electrical harm when you are at home, and when you are out of town. You will be able to travel worry-free and sleep easier at night knowing your phone, your computer, your refrigerator, is protected against unexpected electrical charges.

It’s best to take a double faceted approach to whole-home surge protection. By installing both a whole-home surge protection system and placing individual surge protector devices at each of your electrical sockets, your home will be able to defend against unwanted electrical pressure.

With whole-home surge protection, you and your family will be safe from:

  1. Electrical Storms

  2. Lightning Strikes

  3. Internal Surges from Large Appliances

  4. Power Grid Surges

  5. Power Line Surges

How Surge Protectors Work

Surge protectors detect spikes in voltage and divert excess electrical current to grounding wires, which are safety wires that lead surplus energy into the ground. This prevents overheating and wire decay.

In order to ensure your home is entirely sheltered from power surges, you will want a professional electrician to install surge protection between your street’s power lines and your personal meter, between your meter and your breaker box, and finally within each wall socket used in your home.

To defend your home from power surges, contact Electrical Doctor, at (713) 999-6079, for whole-home surge protection installation.