The need for surge protection in your home
Your home is most likely filled with sensitive electronics that are easily damaged by common power surges, spikes or voltage impulses. A lightning storm can deliver a high energy electrical surge that can enter a home and destroy appliances, televisions, stereo equipment, and other electrical products. Do not underestimate an unchecked high voltage surge that can wipe out your investment instantly, or even the smaller everyday surges that can degrade the electronic components in your home slowly over time.
The cost of replacing electronic equipment in an average home is $8,000. This figure can easily top $20,000 if you have a sophisticated entertainment system or a home office.
At Amps & Volts we recommend that to fully protect your investment consider Surge Protection. Your electronic equipment can be protected from most power surges, spikes, arcing, and voltage impulses that are common everyday.
Did you see the lights flicker?
If the lights in your home (or a specific region in your home) flicker significantly and frequently, then the cause is likely power arcing. Arcing is a potentially dangerous issue that occurs when nearby wire connections complete an electrical current via electrons that float and connect through the small gap (similar to how lightning forms). This arcing draws power, which can be witnessed by the flickering lights of your home. Additionally, arcing generates heat, which in some cases can directly lead to a house fire. For this reason, an electrician should be contacted immediately if any of your home is experiencing flickering of lights on a regular basis.
Amps and Volt’s electricians can help protect your home from an electric power surge and prevent costly and potentially destructive damage to your electronic devices.
Two Kinds of Protection
There are basically two types of electric surge protection: point of use and whole house.
Point of use surge protectors are designed to protect sensitive electronic equipment and major appliances in the home at their electric source. Point of use suppressors are usually devices that plug into the wall outlet and can handle surges up to 6,000 volts.
A Whole House surge protector is designed to protect home’s transient surges that enter through the home’s electric supply, but does not protect from surges created internally in the home when motors turn on and off. Whole House protectors are devices that are installed at the meter or electrical panel. These devices require the installation by a licensed electrical contractor.
In both cases, the surge protector attempts to regulate the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or by shorting to ground voltages above a safe threshold.
The Need for Surge Protection
There are a number of reasons why power quality has become such an important issue. For one, today’s computer chips are far more dense than they were even a few years ago, and subsequently, much more sensitive to even slight surges. Secondly, most homes and home offices are using more equipment than ever before. Each time an electric device is turned on, transient voltages may be generated. Additionally, more microprocessor technology is being used than ever before. Microprocessors are showing up in personal computers, TVs, stereos, VCRs, DVRs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, microwave ovens, dishwashers and just about any electrical device manufactured today. Internal surges occur when devices with motors such as refrigerators and hair dryers shut off. Suddenly the energy these devices were consuming is redirected elsewhere in the form of excess voltage. Surges can also occur when the power company switches power from one geographic area of the grid to another to meet their system demand. Thunderstorms and lightening are the most dramatic and destructive causes of power line problems and electric surges.