We’ve all experienced at least one power outage in our lives, but not every one of us has experienced the damaging effects of power surges afterward…at least not yet. Your major appliances, TV, gaming console, and charging devices are vulnerable to power surges after power outages, lightning strikes, and more. In just a split second, the electrical components of your favorite devices and appliances can be completely fried, leaving you with hundreds or even thousands of dollars of loss.
Harmful power surges are more common than you may realize. Safeguard your home and your electronics with whole house surge protection.
What Causes Power Surges?
Power surges consist of short bursts of electricity. These bolts can range from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of volts, which is why they are so damaging to appliances and electronics.
Why do these surges occur? Common causes of power surges include:
- Power outages
- Malfunctions from the electricity supplier
- Tripped circuit breakers
- Lightning strikes
- Downed power lines
How Does Whole-House Surge Protection Help With Power Surges?
As you may have guessed, power surges cannot be stopped because they are a common side-effect of using electricity. However, this does not mean your newly installed home entertainment system or smart refrigerator is fated to have an untimely death. Instead, you can control surges with surge protection devices placed throughout your home. These devices direct the surges away from your home to the ground conductor, preserving your electrical panel, cable and phone lines, and electrical outlets. To protect your entire electrical system, you should install a whole-house surge protector in each electrical panel, including your main panel, subpanel, and pool panel.
Is a Power Strip Good Enough?
Some power strips do not offer surge protection. They simply provide more outlets for use. During a surge, the power strip is prone to melt and catch fire. It’s best to stay away from these types of power strips. If you need extra outlets, choose a power strip with surge protection.
Because power surges consist of such high voltages, a plug-in surge protector is not sufficient protection. The surge strip will only protect devices plugged into them, making them an excellent second line of defense. A whole-house surge protection system is needed to safeguard your home entirely.
Protect Your Home With Professional Surge Protection Installation
As you can see, a whole-house surge protector is a worthwhile investment. It protects the lifespan of your electronics and appliances and saves you from having to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars to replace them.
Because a surge protector is ground-dependent and requires handling your electrical system, the installation process should be left to a professional electrician. Our team can quickly and effectively install a surge protector in your home so that you do not have to worry about the damaging effects of power surges. We also have a team of NH generator installers who can equip your home with generators to further safeguard your home in the event of a power outage.
If you’ve suffered the unfortunate event of a power surge, our licensed electricians can assist with panel board rewiring and electrical system repairs. Contact us today to get the electrical system protection you need!