A power surge is characterized by an increase in electrical current flowing through the wires in your home or business. These power surges can be very damaging to electronics such as refrigerators, washers, stoves, computers, phones or any other device that has sensitive electrical components. Because of the advancement of technology, that includes the majority of your appliances and electrical devices. Because of this, installing a whole house surge protector can potentially save you hundreds or thousands of dollars of damage from power surges.
Power surges and the damage that they cause are not a new concern for homeowners. It has always been a possibility that a surge of electricity could do damage to your phones, appliances and other electronics. Because of the increased number of sensors and other delicate electronics on our devices today, however, many things can be damaged by even small surges. For this reason, it is very common to protect our computer equipment with strip surge protectors.
What Causes Power Surges?
The most common power surge occurs whenever electricity returns after an outage. They can also occur due to a power fluctuation or as a result of turning large appliances in your home on and off.
What Can I Do to Protect My Electronics?
Most people hook their computers up to surge protectors. Most of us do not question whether or not they work. This all depends on whether or not your system is grounded, and both your computer and the surge protector are plugged in using three-pronged plugs. If so, then your surge protector can protect your computer.
Unfortunately, there are many different levels of quality among surge protectors. Many will offer great protection, while many others will offer almost no protection at all. Furthermore, the surge protectors will offer no protection if your system is not grounded. Even if your outlets have three prongs, you should have an electrician check your home for grounding to make sure that all of your wiring is correct.
Because of the increased danger of power surges to our everyday appliances, it is much more common for new homes to be built with whole house surge protectors. This is a very affordable and common sense feature to offer home buyers. By installing a whole house surge protector, you help to give your electronics and appliances protection that could potentially save you several thousand dollars in damage. If you have any questions or would like a free consultation about a whole house surge protector, please call our in-house technician today.