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Safeguard your home from power surges

Safeguard your home from power surges

It’s the crown jewel of your home entertainment center: that sleek 4K, 3D, 75-inch smart TV that looks so good in your family room. You want to protect it. The same is true of all your other expensive electronics and appliances. That’s why it’s important to have power surge protection for your home.

What are power surges, and why do they happen?

A power surge is a sudden increase in the electrical current flowing to and through your home. If an electrical spike is strong enough, it can cause the wiring, motors, and microprocessors in your favorite electronics to overheat and possibly fry. Power surges occur for reasons as common as the daily operation of appliances and electronics such as clothes dryers and air conditioners. As these devices cycle on and off, they create small voltage fluctuations. Over time, even these small surges can damage sensitive electronics.

Massive surges caused by lightning strikes and downed powerlines are far less common, but they can be much more destructive. They have the potential to do thousands of dollars in damage to your appliances and critical electric systems.

Storm Tip: Consider unplugging expensive electronics (TVs, stereos, computers, etc.) in the event of a severe thunderstorm.

Surge protection—a two-pronged approach

Most people are familiar with point-of-use surge protectors that plug directly into an outlet and protect the electronic devices drawing power through it. They do a fine job handling most of the low voltage surges your home experiences every day (the constant on-and-off cycling of devices).  However, they are woefully inadequate when it comes to dealing with more powerful surges (e.g., those caused by lightning strikes).

The best way to keep your pricey appliances and electronics from getting fried in a super-high-voltage event is a whole-house surge protector. A whole-house surge protector provides the most comprehensive protection when combined with a point-of-use surge protector for all outlets.

Shopping Tip: Though they may look similar, don’t confuse a surge protector with a simple power strip. For more protection, choose a point-of-use surge protector that can absorb at least 600 joules of energy. (The higher the absorption value, the better.)

How whole-house surge protectors work

A whole-house surge protector is wired directly into your breaker box to protect every circuit in your home, including cable, data, and phone lines. In the event of a strong power surge, it redirects excess current directly into the ground—before it has the chance to impact your home circuits. For whole-house surge protectors, proper installation is critical as wiring needs to be grounded to be effective.   

With more and more sophisticated—and expensive—electronics becoming more common in today’s homes, every homeowner should consider a whole-house surge protector. This investment can pay for itself several times over in the event of a single power surge.

Protect your home’s appliances and electronics against power surges small and large. Talk to the experts at Casteel now! We have over 30 years of experience helping Atlanta-area homeowners with all their home electrical needs. Call your Casteel team anytime, day or night, and we will take Amazing Care of You® and your home.