Electrical surges happen when something causes an excess of power to flow through the electrical system in your home or business. When your electrical system is unprotected, an electrical surge can cause damage to your phones, entertainment systems, computers, stoves, fridges, washers, microwaves and any other devices that have sensitive electrical components. Because of advances in technology, this includes pretty much any and all appliances and electrical devices used on a daily basis.
By investing in a whole house surge protector, you are taking an important step in protecting your electronic devices, possibly saving yourself thousands of dollars in damaged items. Modern Electrical Services can help you decide which whole house surge protector is best needed for your home or business.
Although surge damage is not a new concept, it is much more prevalent due to the increase in electronic devices in our home. Technological devices have increasingly become more delicate as they have advanced, and can be damaged by smaller, routine surges. For this reason, many people choose to plug their computers and other electronics into power strip surge protectors.
When Do Surges Happen?
Power surges happen whenever your power turns back on after an outage, or whenever something causes the power from the utility company to fluctuate. It is also possible for a surge to happen whenever high load appliances in your home turn on and off.
What Can I Do To Prevent Damage?
Using surge protectors with computers has become a very common practice. However, his type of surge protector will only work if your electrical system is grounded, if your computer and surge protector are plugged in using three-pronged plugs, and if you have a high quality surge protector.
Whole House Surge Protectors
Unfortunately, there is a wide variety in quality between surge protectors. One protector may be very effective while another will provide you with almost no protection at all. Surge protection only works with a grounded system, so it is important for you to have an electrician check the grounding of your electrical system. Your system may appear to be grounded because you have three-pronged outlets, however, this may not necessarily be true.
Whole house surge protectors are increasingly utilized and installed in new homes because they offer effective protection and are cost effective. You may also have one of these systems installed into your existing home or office building in order to achieve this same level of protection. If you are interested in talking about whole house surge protectors, please call us for a free electrical estimate.