Whole Home Surge Protection
The subject here is power surges and surge protection, but first let’s play a little numbers game:
- $15,000: The estimated value of the electronic devices in many modern homes.
- 100 per month: The number of surges you could experience, each with the potential to damage or even destroy your devices. The effect can be cumulative meaning you many not even realize the life of your equipment is being shortened.
Don’t you think it’s worth it to spend a little money to protect your home? This is why Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air is a big believer in whole-home surge protection.
What we’re talking about
In the simplest terms, a power surge is a spike in voltage. It can be caused by factors outside your Auburn, Opelika, or Montgomery, AL home or problems with a house’s electrical system. Let’s talk about some of the leading causes and how our electricians can help.
This is likely the first thing everyone thinks about. While lighting certainly causes some of the most damaging power surges, they aren’t alone. If you believe the lightning rod on your home is always going to protect you, you are wrong. It may help prevent a direct strike, but a lightning bolt hundreds of yards away can still sent a dangerous electrical surge into your home’s wiring.
- Utility company
The electricity coming into your home is also vulnerable to surges. No transmission system can guarantee consistent voltage levels under every condition. Even routine maintenance by the company or downed lines can cause a surge.
- Power outages
On the surface this doesn’t make much sense, but the problem isn’t the outage. It’s when the power comes back on. The sudden burst of electricity can send excess energy into your home. If you do have a power outage, it’s a good idea to turn off as many devices as possible so they are not hit by a surge when the power comes back on.
- Major appliances
Things like freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners can cause power surges. Because they draw so much power the electricity can spill over into other circuits. This is when you may notice the lights briefly flickering.
A special note about HVAC equipment
Manufacturer warranties do not cover damage to your systems caused by power surges. It might be covered by your homeowner insurance, but it may be difficult to prove a claim because the damage doesn’t always happen immediately. You could end up paying for some very expensive repairs to your air conditioner, heat pump, or air handler.
Whole house protection
Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air offers this product to protect every electrical circuit in your home. Also remember, this is not just about protecting your house and possessions. It’s about protecting your family. Power surges aren’t just an annoyance, they can also be dangerous. Surges and voltage spikes can start fires. If you still have questions about power surges and surge protection, call us now.