When people think of power surges, they can sometimes imagine the scenes in movies when an entire power plant beams with excess electricity. However, in reality, power surges can be caused by something as natural as a lightning storm. When this happens, you’ll want to know that your home electrical system and appliances are safe. How exactly do you do that? By understanding the importance of surge protection.
What Causes Power Surges?
A number of different situations can cause a power surge in your home. One of the strongest causes of a power surge is lightning that could strike your home or local power plant. Power surges can also be caused by issues with your electrical company, downed power lines, or damaged electrical work. So how exactly do surge protectors keep your home safe? Well, they keep it safe in a few ways.
Surge Protectors Keep Your Appliances Safe
Every appliance in your home, from your television to your air conditioner, is designed to handle no more than a specific amount of electricity. When a power surge happens, that excess electricity can fry the wiring and other components in your appliances, rendering them damaged. If you don't have a surge protector to combat that influx, you could end up spending a lot of money replacing all those items.
Surge Protectors Reduce Power Issues
While some power surges can begin outside your home, a large majority begin inside. If your electrical system is old or damaged, and it can no longer handle a certain amount of electricity, plugging in something that requires a lot of electricity can cause a power surge that, in turn, can damage not only that device but others on the same circuit.
While surge protectors can prevent that damage from happening, it’s also a good idea to have your electrical system inspected and repaired if it's not up to par to handle your home needs.
Like all electrical work, installing a whole-home surge protector should be done only by professionals. At Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric, our trained electricians can properly install a surge protector in your home to keep you and your appliances safe.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule a service.