Power surges are among the most common and damaging when it comes to residential electrical hazards and problems. When the flow of electricity in a building is interrupted and then started again, a power surge is an event that occurs. When a device sends electricity flowing back into the system, power surges can also occur. Powering on/turning off air conditioning units, using high-draw appliances, and power being restored after an outage are a few common causes of power surges. These surges can cause significant damage to many devices in your home, however, regardless of the cause. The team at Burley Electrical Services knows how detrimental a power surge can be as providers of complete residential electrical services. To help you understand how to deal with frequent power surges in your home, we offer helpful tips below.
Good Surge Protectors & Better Whole House Surge Protection
Making them a vital addition to your home, a high-quality surge protector can block excess voltage from reaching your devices. Instead of directly into an outlet, expensive and sensitive electronics such as televisions and computers should be plugged into a surge protector. Allowing for multiple devices to be plugged into one outlet while reducing the risk of damage, most surge protectors are available as power bars/strips. Even better is whole house surge protection that protects all the appliances in your home from voltage spikes!
Inspect & Update Old Electrical Wiring
Your wiring can contribute to the frequency and severity of power surges if you own an older home. The demands of modern appliances and entertainment devices can’t be handled by many homes built before the 1980s are not equipped for the needs. If the power surge is strong enough, with this outdated wiring, your home could be at risk of an electrical fire. It is time to have a licensed electrician inspect your wiring if your lights constantly flicker or you are regularly tripping your breaker.
Should I Unplug Unused Electronics?
Unplugging devices when they are not in use is one of the easiest ways to reduce the damage caused by a power surge. You can likely see multiple devices that are plugged in despite not being actively used if you take a look around your home. Coffee makers, toasters, phone chargers, hair dryers, and gaming console are included in these device examples. They are not at risk of sustaining any damage if these devices are not plugged in during a power surge. Making it a good practice for a variety of reasons, unplugging these devices can also reduce your energy consumption and electricity costs.
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