Surge Protection: 10 Things to Know
1. Every home should have a surge protector – especially here in Florida where afternoon thunderstorms can send power bursts into your home. This device will divert the surge to ground before it reaches your appliances.
2. If a surge of power comes into the electrical panel, this protects the appliance from being destroyed and possibly starting a fire.
However, it is important to know the limitations of these protectors.
3. Surges, also known as transient surges or spikes, are momentary increases in ordinary household voltage. They occur over 2,000 times a year in the average home.
4. Surges can be generated externally and internally. Lightning storms, accidents and utility power station switching can generate significant transient events.
5. Home appliances such as air conditioners, washers and dryers can also generate surges that travel back to the breaker panel and throughout your home.
6. Standard outlets do not have any protection against surges. Strip power outlets don't adequately protect against surges and spikes because both can enter your home through electrical lines, telephone and cable t-v lines as well.
7. Many local homeowners have surge protectors connected to one or two appliances or electronics. These are usually bars with a reset switch and room for four or five plugs. The bar plugs into an electrical outlet. When too much power comes through the outlet, the bar automatically clicks off protecting the appliances that are plugged into it. However, these are for one outlet only and only for the specific items connected to the bar.
8. Having whole house surge protection means you don’t have to have one of these devices attached to every outlet in your home.
With proper surge protection for the whole house, you need a protector that is wired into your electrical panel. These devices are readily available to a professional our professional electricians at Electrical Connections.
9. You should consider installing surge protection in your home as an inexpensive insurance policy. And, it will give you peace of mind that your home and family have the protection they need. And....Number 10
10. THE BEST THING TO KNOW: Electrical Connections is your Neighborhood Electrician. We are here to help 24/7.
"Surges can be generated externally and internally. Lightning storms, accidents and utility power station switching can generate significant transient events."
Major transmission lines in western areas of the Treasure Coast are frequently hit by lightning creating major surge issues