One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner when it comes to protecting your property is to contact a professional electrician such as the experts at Burley Electrical Services to install a whole house surge protector. You probably already have surge protection power strips in place but these power strips often don’t have the capacity to provide any real protection during an event such as a lightning strike or power line that is down. Lightning is the most dangerous cause of power surges but it is in no way the most common. As a homeowner you may not even be aware that 60% to 80% of power surges start inside your home.
Burley Electrical Services has some of the ways that a surge can damage your home and what to do to eliminate the risk.
What Causes Power Surges in my Home?
Your major appliances and systems that cycle on and off are the major culprits of power surges within the home. Appliances such as air conditioners, clothes dryers and refrigerators can fluctuate and create power surges all day long. Over a period of time these fluctuations take a toll on your sensitive and expensive electronics including flat screen TV’s, computer equipment and various smart appliances causing the delicate mechanisms and circuits to burn out before their time or malfunction causing irreparable damage. A power surge can happen in a millisecond and can result in a flickering light or you may not notice anything out of the ordinary at all. That little tiny spike in the current that is flowing through the wires within your home can have expensive consequences. Insurance claims can result in billions of dollars of loses each year. The good news is there is an affordable solution and it’s called a whole-house surge protector.
What is a Whole House Surge Protector?
A whole house surge protector is comprised of several layers of protection to give you complete peace of mind. Your experienced Burley electrician will install the whole house surge protector to ensure you are receiving the highest amount of protection available for your entire home. Your whole house surge protector will include protection of the utility meter to offer the maximum level of security for all of the equipment that is plugged in throughout your home by providing an enhanced level of protection against power surges and other unexpected power fluctuations. A whole house surge protector has the ability to protect up to 40,000 amps of current flowing into your house from outside sources. Keep in mind that average household power is 200 to 300 amps. Once a sudden power surge is detected for instance a lightning strike or damaged power line, the surge protector will detect the excess current and divert it safely through your homes grounding path.
Why is Installing a Whole Home Surge Protector the Best Option?
Your power company may offer whole house surge protection at the electric meter for a set price plus an additional fee that is billed each month. The skilled electricians at Burley Electrical Services offer, supply and install a Sycom whole house surge protector for a one-time fee offering you the satisfaction of knowing you are fully protected without the additional costs incurred on a monthly basis.