You invest a lot of money on the electronics in your home or business, from your television to computers and stereos and more, so it’s important to protect them with whole house surge protection. For installation services, call Electric City. We provide fast, dependable and on-time services to the Katy, TX area.
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Protect Your House Against Surge Damage
When you invest money in electronics in your home or business, you want to make sure they are protected against surge damage. Installing a whole house surge protector can help you against the following risks:
- Your homeowner’s insurance policy might not cover lightning strikes. This can put your house in jeopardy as your home or business could be at risk if a lightning strike hits up to a mile away.
- Your home or business' energy output rises as temperatures increase, increasing the risk of surge damage.
- The average home can get hit with 20 energy spikes a day.
In addition to these, you might also qualify for an insurance discount if you have a surge protector.
Surge Protectors vs Power Strips
If you own a computer or other electronic equipment, you probably own a surge protector. Most surge protectors serve an immediately obvious function, which is basically allowing you to plug various components into a single power outlet. But, there is much more to it than that. Surge protectors provide safety protection to electronics. A power surge, which is also called transient voltage, is basically an increase in voltage that’s above the normal level of electricity flow. Typically, your electrical system is 120V. If it’s above 120V, that’s a surge and surge protectors help in preventing that problem from destroying delicate electronics.
To understand more about this, it’s wise to know something about voltage. It’s a measure of the difference in the electric potential energy. An electric current travels from point to point as there’s a greater electric potential energy on the originating wire’s end than on its other (outlet) end. It’s the same kind of principle which urges the water under pressure to flow out of the hose: a higher pressure on the hose’s end pushes water toward a place of lower pressure. You may think of the voltage as the measure of the electric pressure.
Once the surge is high enough, it may inflict heavy damage on electronics and even wiring. The effect is actually similar to applying water pressure to the hose. If there is too much water pressure, the hose will burst. In the same way, when too much electricity runs through wire, it heats up like a filament and can burst into a flame. Even though increased voltage may not break your electronic immediately, it can put extra strain on it, and weaken components. A typical surge protector passes current along from an outlet to several electronic and electrical devices that are plugged into the power strip. That is why it is super important to be properly grounded. Otherwise, the surge will be looking elsewhere to dissipate.
For this reason, using a surge protector for delicate electronics is well worth the money. If you find you have more electronics and a greater vested interest in protecting them, or the property is located in an area with frequent power surges, a whole house surge protector can not only protect electronics, but also the wiring of a home.
When a home has a large appliance, such as an HVAC system, this causes surges inside the home wiring system. This surge is also a threat to electronics. However, a whole house surge protector can divest the surge before it is allowed to ramp the surge into other circuits.
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What You Need to Know About Whole House Surge Protectors
Whole house surge protectors can help protect your expensive electronics from voltage spikes. This can include surges from lightning strikes and surges from within your home or business that come from major appliances turning on and off.
Whole house surge protectors can be hard-wired to your electrical box by an electrical contractor. A professional will ensure these are properly grounded so they can perform to their full potential. This can help keep your electronics safe and functioning as expected.