Most people are unaware that power surges continually occur in their homes. Every time a large appliance such as a dishwasher or air conditioner is turned on, it sends a small power surge back into the home’s electrical system. Power surges can also penetrate a home’s electrical system via cable television, electric and phone lines, and they can cause damage. Fortunately, there is an effective solution available.
A whole-home surge protector will cover a home’s wiring and every device powered by electricity. The protection it provides will also last much longer than the service life of a typical power strip. Professionally installed surge protection for your home will protect expensive items powered by electricity such as appliances, entertainment system components, and computer systems.
Whole-Home Surge Protector Basics
The typical power strips we use provide a surge protection capability that is a tiny fraction of a whole-home system. An entry-level power strip contains a metal strip that absorbs surges until eventually wearing out, which may occur after a short period of time. A power strip will also only be able to protect the devices plugged into them. In contrast, a whole-home surge protector will provide coverage for the entire house, and it can defend against surges coming from either inside or outside the home.
Expensive electronic devices such as computers and HD TVs are not the only items that have been damaged by power surges. Security systems, thermostats, kitchen appliances, and any other device with a circuit board are vulnerable to power surges. If you consider the high cost of replacing these devices, a whole-home surge protector is of great value.
Micro Power Surges
Although most people assume that power surges occur after lightning strikes or electrical utility malfunctions, they happen quite often and can originate from within the home. Micro surges typically occur when high-wattage appliances, such as hair dryers, electric space heaters, microwaves, HVAC systems, and garbage compactors, are turned on.
For a residence lacking whole-home surge protection, numerous micro surges may gradually lead to seriously damaged expensive electrical equipment. Older homes are more vulnerable to this type of power surge, especially if it is still equipped with its original electrical system with an outdated electrical panel and wiring.
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Founded in 1991, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured. Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.