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Protect Your Home Against Power Surges

powerstripWe know how important it is for you to protect your home and property from damage. Today, we depend so much on our electrical devices and appliances to get through the day. We can’t imagine not having access to our washers, dryers, microwaves, computers, or our overhead lights. So, what were to happen if all these appliances stopped working at once?

A power surge is a very real threat to your home’s electric system, so it is important to invest in protecting your home against them. In the blink of an eye, all your favorite devices could be destroyed, and replacing them can cost you and your family thousands of dollars. It is better to invest now to avoid the destruction that a power surge can cause.

What is a Power Surge?

To put it simply, a power surge is a brief spike in your home’s electrical current. They can be caused by several things including high-power electrical devices like refrigerators or air conditioners, downed power lines, faulty wiring, high demand, or lightning strikes. A lightning strike doesn’t have to occur near you to cause a spike in your electrical current.

The average home might experience up to 20 power surges a day, and more than half of all power surges are internal. Just by switching on and off our appliances, we can alter the flow of electricity.

How You Can Protect Your Home

There several ways to protect your home from power surges. It is always recommended to schedule a visit from an experienced electrician to discuss your home’s specific needs. Make an appointment with one of our electricians in Marysville, WA.  To protect your home:

Protect Specific Electronics

There are some things in your home that you might be extra concerned about, like your computer. There are three main options to protect specific electronics:

  • Power strips
  • Surge stations
  • Uninterruptible power stations

Your home system might not be able to catch every surge, so it is important to protect those devices that are especially susceptible.

Be Careful When You Plug Things In

Another great way to protect your electrical devices and appliances from power surges is to be careful about where you plug things in. It is recommended that you don’t plug delicate appliances, like a computer, in the same power strip as something that uses a lot of electricity, like an AC.

Invest in a Whole Home Surge Protector

You will need more than just a power strip to protect your home from large power surges. You need a unit that installs directly into your breaker box to flip off the power supply when a surge occurs. There are also larger surge protectors that attach to the outside of your breaker box. Although they are more expensive, they can block a surge of up to 60,000 amps. Just remember that with a main line surge protector, you should still have smaller protectors for each individual outlet. The main line protectors are designed for appliances like your heating system, cooling system, or refrigerator, not your computer or television.

A qualified electrician can properly install your new whole home surge protector. Our technicians can help you decide what type of surge protector is best for your home.

Contact G &S Heating, Cooling, & Electrical to get started!

 

 

 

 

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