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Installation of Surge Protection
Installation of Surge Protection
Dec 21,2023

Installation of Surge Protection

The electrical system is meant to provide homes and businesses with a reliable and safe supply of power, but unusual activity like power surges can pose a threat. Luckily, there are solutions. A surge protector installation, for example, can regulate voltage and divert excess energy. In this brief article brought to you by Mr. Electric, we look at surge protectors and how they can be a valuable investment for your property.

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What is a Power Surge, and Are They Dangerous?

At its core, a power surge is an abrupt and temporary increase in voltage that exceeds the standard level in an electrical circuit. This surge, often a result of various factors, lasts only microseconds but its impact can be far-reaching and, in some cases, perilous.

Causes of Power Surges

The most dramatic and destructive cause of power surges is lightning. A lightning strike near a power line can send an overwhelming surge into the connected grid. The normal operations of the utility grid can also generate surges, whether due to maintenance activities, sudden changes in power demand, or grid malfunctions.

Causes closer in your sphere of influence are appliances and wiring. The starting and stopping of large appliances such as air conditioners or refrigerators can send ripples through the electrical system, leading to power surges. Defective or worn-out wiring can also cause localized power surges, jeopardizing connected devices.

The Risks of a Power Surge

Power surges can inflict irreparable damage to electronic devices and appliances. Sensitive components within these devices, such as circuit boards and microprocessors, are particularly vulnerable. Even frequent exposure to minor power surges can significantly shorten the lifespan of electronic equipment. Surges can even corrupt or destroy data stored in electronic devices, posing a significant threat to critical information.

In extreme cases, power surges can generate excessive heat, leading to electrical fires that endanger lives and property.

How Do Surge Protectors Help?

Surge protectors are devices which regulate the voltage supplied to connected devices. By establishing a safe threshold, these devices prevent excessive voltage from reaching sensitive electronics.

Whole-house surge protectors, installed at the main electrical panel, work by diverting excess energy from power surges safely to the ground. This ensures that the surge doesn't propagate to individual circuits and devices within the home or building.

A comprehensive surge protection installation involves a multi-layered defense strategy. Individual surge protectors at outlets, whole-house surge protectors, and specialized devices for sensitive equipment collectively create a robust defense system.

Hire a Certified Electrician for Installations

Every property has unique electrical characteristics, and a one-size-fits-all approach is inadequate. Certified electricians will assess the specific needs of a property and tailor surge protection installations accordingly. They will also ensure that surge protection installations adhere to building codes and standards.

If you’d like to hire an experienced and trained electrician, then call Mr. Electric to speak with a live representative today. Our team is on standby to take your call at any time.


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