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Breakers & Surge Protectors
Electrical surges occur when anything causes an excessive amount of power to flow through your home or business’s electrical system. An electrical surge can destroy your phones, entertainment systems, laptops, stoves, refrigerators, washers, microwaves, and any other equipment with sensitive electrical components if your electrical system is unprotected. Because of technological advancements, this now comprises almost all appliances and electrical equipment used on a regular basis. You are taking a crucial step in preserving your electrical equipment by purchasing a whole-house surge protector, which may save you thousands of dollars in damaged items. MH Electric can assist you in determining the appropriate whole-house surge protector for your home or company.
Although power surge damage is not a new phenomenon, it has become much more common as the number of electronic gadgets in our homes has grown. Smaller, routine spikes can destroy technological devices, which have gotten more delicate as technology has advanced. As a result, many individuals opt to plug their PCs and other equipment into surge protector power strips.
What is a Power Surge?
A power surge, also known as transient voltage, is simply an increase in voltage that occurs suddenly. It has the potential to damage or even destroy electronic devices in your home if it is powerful enough. The majority of power surges originate from within the home. The bulk of large power fluctuations are caused by large appliances such as air conditioners, furnaces, washers and dryers, and power tools. Lightning strikes and power grid modifications are the most common causes of external power surges.
When an electrical current exceeds the operational range of a device, an electrical arc and heat can form, causing the wiring and components to be destroyed. Even minor electrical surges can cause long-term damage to electronic equipment.
How Can I Avoid a Power Surge?
You can install surge protectors for power strips that are designed to safeguard point-of-use electronics. They don’t actually stop a surge; rather, they channel it to the ground. When this sort of surge protector has to be replaced, it usually features an indicator light or an alarm that goes off.
Another way to protect your home is getting a Whole House Surge Protector.
What is a Whole House Surge Protector?
Surge protection for the entire house, also known as service entry surge protection, is installed near the main electrical panel. Importantly, these devices protect components such as outlets and light switches that cannot be coupled to a point-of-use device. They can also withstand significantly higher voltage variations than ordinary surge protectors for power strips. Because no surge protector can protect your home from a direct lightning strike, unplugging gadgets when an electrical storm is present is a smart idea.
Surge protectors come in a wide range of quality. One protector may be extremely effective, while another may offer absolutely no protection at all. Surge protection only works with a grounded system, thus you should get your electrical system’s grounding checked by an electrician. Because you have three-pronged plugs, your system may appear to be grounded, but this is not always the case. Surge protectors for the entire house are increasingly being used and fitted in new homes because they provide efficient protection at a low cost. To achieve the same level of safety, you can have one of these systems placed in your existing house or office building.
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