With all the smart technology abundantly found in homes these days, hiring an electrician to install a whole house surge protector is now more important than ever. Many changes have occurred in Utah homes over the last few years. There are more electronics, LED lighting, and all appliances have a circuit board in them. Technology is plugged in everywhere. Lightning is no longer the biggest danger to our electronics and electrical systems. Over 75% of surges are created by the residents. An average home experiences 20 mini-surges a day.
Common Reasons for Disruptions and Power Surges
High electricity demand- All the smart devices put a strain on the electrical system. Utah’s extreme weather and the high demand from all of our electronics can cause rolling blackouts.
Lightning- A home struck by lightning, or even near it, can instantly cause extreme damage.
Electrical equipment problems and repairs- These can result in extreme spikes and drops, which can cause different levels of damage.
Major appliances- They cycle on and off throughout the day and are responsible for approximately 75% of power surges that occur throughout your house. Although low-level, these mini-surges eventually wear down the circuits of even the highest quality and most expensive electronics.
Faulty wiring- Get your home’s electrical system inspected for safety by an electrical contractor, which can save you thousands of dollars worth of future damage. Don’t wait until a problem occurs. Do it now.
Downed lines- A high gust of wind, automobile accidents, sagging branches, animals, and more can cause power lines to fall. Although out of your control, you can prepare your home to be ready for any of these situations.
Subsequent power surges and grid failures are increasing throughout the nation. More frequent severe weather, aging infrastructure, and growth in the population that is focused on technology is taking a toll on the electrical grid. Which in turn affects the internal wiring of homes. Expensive electronics get fried, or destroyed beyond repair daily by these surges. Many are left thinking about putting money into a whole house surge protector. Now, it is not only a smart idea to hire an electrician, but a necessary one.
A Surge Protector– an appliance or device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.
Most people are familiar with the power strip surge protectors, or GFCI outlets that provide protection. More importantly are whole house surge protectors. Electricity follows the path of least resistance to ground. A surge protector is hardwired to your home’s electrical panel, and it redirects the excess current safely to ground – where it blocks it before it escapes into the circuitry of your home. Having a professional electrician install a whole house surge protector can save you thousands of dollars beyond the initial cost of investment. To fully protect your home, a multi-level surge protection is key.
To learn more about essential surge protection, give us a call today at (801) 726-3329.