Power Surge Protector

Power Surge Protector

Why Dallas Homeowners Need a Whole-House Power Surge Protector?

Think about the appliances and electronics in your home. Chances are, these things cost you a pretty penny and you’d like to keep them in working order, right? In today’s day and age, the majority of us have sophisticated appliances and electronics, which is why whole home surge protection is so important.

Whole House Surge Protection on my electrical panel to get prepared for the summer storm season.


Power Surge Protection for Your Whole House

Whole-house surge protection monitors electrical spikes and dissipates them safely to the ground before they can come into the home and cause substantial electrical failures and damage. Systems are put on at the phone box, at the cable box, and in the electrical service panel. It helps stop voltage from being able to come in from either lightning, utility surge, and/or surges that you have every day from the interior of your home from your air conditioner compressor, refrigerator and other motors that turn on and turn off and cause voltage fluctuations.

Surge protection should be addressed in two different ways because all surges are not the same. Some start outside and work their way in. Others start from within the house itself. The two types of protection are whole-house surge protection and point-of-use surge protection.

Many homeowners believe that adequate surge protection begins and ends with plugging their computer into a power strip. Unfortunately, that’s seldom the case. First of all, not all surge protectors live up to their name; some are little more than glorified extension cords. Second, a surge will follow any wire into a house — phone and cable lines included — and threaten fax and answering machines, televisions, satellite systems, computers, and modems. And third, as the owners in the Acton remodel discovered, delicate electronic circuitry has proliferated throughout our homes, leaving common appliances as vulnerable as computers to the effects of surges.

Internal surges are generated from within the home. They make up about 70 percent of the power surges that a normal home confronts. They are usually not as devastating as surges coming from outside, but they will harm your home’s vulnerable electronics, such as televisions, computers, and stereo equipment. The main cause of an internal surge is a sudden demand on the home’s electrical system. You may have noticed the lights dimming when the compressor in your refrigerator or air conditioner kicks on. This is the textbook definition of an internal surge.

The Importance of Surge Protectors

Electrical surges coming from the outside of the home tend to be caused by things like lightning strikes and broken utility lines. These types of surges are less common than internal surges but are more devastating to your home’s electrical system. Surges coming into your home from the main grid will not only destroy your sensitive electronics but may also destroy all of your major appliances and damage the wiring in your walls as well. Call (214) 238-8353 us for your home service and repair needs.

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