You may not give home surge protection much thought, but it’s actually one of the best investments you can make.
Whole-house surge protection devices allow entry of the electricity your home needs while stopping troublesome excess voltage. They also protect your appliances and electronic devices from damage that can occur as a result of power surges inside your house. With all of the technology that’s getting plugged into today’s homes, there’s a lot to love about surge protection.
Where do power surges some from?
Power surges occur when something boosts the electrical charge at some point in the power line. This causes an increase in the electrical potential energy, which can increase the current flowing to your wall outlet. A number of different things can cause this to happen. Lightning strikes are a highly destructive although fairly rare cause of power surges. A more common cause of power surges is the operation of high-powered electrical devices, such as air conditioners and refrigerators. These pieces of equipment require a lot of energy to switch on and turn off their components like compressors and motors. This effort creates sudden, brief demands for power, which upset the steady voltage flow in the electrical system. Surges can also take place when the power suddenly comes back on following an outage. Other sources of power surges include faulty wiring, problems with the utility company's equipment, and downed power lines. In today's system of electricity distribution, power surges have become a common occurrence.
Get to know the warning signs. In the average U.S. household, dozens of power surges occur every day, resulting from internal causes alone.
For example, your refrigerator can cause one when the motor turns on. So can your hair dryer, AC system, furnace, and dishwasher. Power surges can happen anywhere and are almost impossible to detect. A home that isn’t protected from power surges will likely experience more power outages than usual. These frequent outages aren’t just disruptive, they can cause a great deal of damage to your appliances. And while all appliances break down over time, if you’re constantly repairing or replacing your electronics, the issue might not be with the appliances themselves. A home without whole house surge protection leaves all of your appliances and devices vulnerable to power surges and outages.
Whole-house surge protection devices, also known as SPDs, are your best defense against power surges of any type.
When a sudden surge occurs, these devices detect the excess current and safely divert it through your home’s grounding path. Here are ten good reasons to add one of these indispensable devices to your home:
1. We have so much more technology these days. Modern households have more electronic gadgets and electrical equipment than ever before. Home appliances now have circuit boards that need to be protected from surges. LED bulbs also contain micro circuit boards that are sensitive and can easily be compromised by an electrical surge.. Computers, pads and smart phones all carry essential information and need to be protected. Your sensitive data should be safeguarded by professional surge protection.
2. You get complete electrical system protection. Though a whole-house surge protector’s main function is to prevent your home’s appliances and electronics from harm, it also safeguards the entire electrical system. A whole-house surge protector safeguards every outlet and device. That means complete protection for everything from your Kindle to your treadmill.
3. Plug-in protection is also available. For the most sensitive electronics, such as computers and home entertainment systems, a second layer of protection is available in the form of point-of-use SPDs. While the most basic power strip only offers more outlets to plug things into, these high-performance power strips provide protection to vulnerable electronics and are recommended to be used in conjunction with your whole house surge protector. These point-of-use devices protect individual electronics from typical spikes in voltage.
4. They’re easy to install and maintain. While whole home surge protectors are typically connected to the electrical service box, they unit itself is placed in a convenient location for easy accessibility.
5. You’ll save money in the long run. While there is a cost to have a whole house surge protector installed in your home, it costs far more to replace expensive appliances that were damaged by a power surge. Installing a whole house surge protector is like installing insurance for your appliances. Power surges are common, and can wreak a lot of havoc if your appliances aren’t properly protected.
6. PDs prevent electrical house fires. Power surges not only destroy appliances, they can also start electrical fires. When power spikes it can cause sparks, which can result in an electrical fire. Investing in a whole house surge protector can dramatically reduce your chances of an electrical fire.
7. They’re inexpensive. For far less than the cost of one of your major appliances—and many of your smaller ones—you can protect every electronic device in your home. SPDs are a smart investment.
Don’t leave your electronics exposed. Power surges are common, and the amount of damage they can do to your home and expensive electronics is alarming. You can afford to be without a whole-house surge protector. Best of all, the installation process is a quick and easy. Contact our experienced professionals today to make sure your expensive and sensitive electronics are well protected.
About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.