Most people know that the surge protectors protect our delicate and sensitive electronics from enduring damage during an electrical storm, transformer overload, or other electrical surges that can inflict damage. Being they are an asset in any home to offer your devices more protection, we at Burley Electrical Services would like to expound on surge protectors.
Power Surge Definition
A power surge is often referred to as transient voltage in the industry when is the result of a lightening strike or some sort of faulty problems in the electrical equipment that is on the exterior of your home. When it occurs in the inside of your home, the power surge, a fairly common event, is referenced. Most frequently, power surges occur in major appliances as they switch on and off. Such evidence manifests when for the example the air conditioner first kicks on and the lights dim or flicker. When the air conditioner uses excessive energy to kick on, a slight surge is activated. The repeated surges can expedite the deterioration of the more sensitive electronics that are plugged in.
Voltage Surge Causes
Voltage is set to flow at 120 volts across North America. Voltage exceeds the limit during a power surge and when that occurs, some level of damage is inflicted. The more intense and duration of the surge, the more damage is taken. To prevent this damage from reaching the electronics and appliances, the surge protectors divert the excess voltage into your home’s grounding line. The ground line connects to the round prong at the bottom of a 3 prong electrical plug, which is in place to offer more protection from accidental shock as well as the devices from unexpected bursts of electricity.
Metal Oxide Varistor Identification
With the aid of a metal oxide varistor, or MOV, the surge protectors are able to perform their function. The MOV is in between the surge protector’s hot wire and its grounding wire inside a surge protecting power strip or adapter. Making adjustments for incoming voltage that is either too low or too high, the MOV has variable electrical resistance. Where the voltage dissipates safely, the MOV redirects only the excess voltage into the ground wire when the electrical surge is too high. Ensuring uninterrupted use of your electronics and appliances continues a safe level of voltage flow.
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No matter if you are talking about a whole-home surge protection or a minor surge protecting power strip, any functional surge protector can be beneficial, however there isn’t a surge protector that is 100% reliable on every power surge occurrence. Considering that, it is ideal to create at least two layers of surge protection. This is an extremely effective method to divert surges that originate outside the home from sources like lightning or transformer problems. Use surge protecting power strips and adapters to increase the defense for the most sensitive electronics in addition to that primary layer. With Burley Electrical Services we can help you get the home completely installed with surge protectors to help protect appliances and electrical devices. Call us today to get started!