While many Denver, CO homeowners are more apt to think about important home systems such as their heating and cooling, and certain plumbing fixtures, many aspects of home electrical safety are often taken for granted – that is, until something goes wrong. When it comes to improving electrical safety in your home, whole-home electrical surge protectors are a device well worth your consideration.
Providing a level of blanket electrical protection for all electric powered appliances in your home, whole-house surge protectors are a great complement for existing surge products where you’re using them, and could be the difference that helps you dodge costly damage when a power surge tries to overwhelm your electrical circuits.
Electrical Surges and Why Your Denver Home Needs Protecting
An electrical power surge occurs when an excessive amount of electrical current enters an electrical system, potentially traveling through the wiring and electrical devices in the home with an overload of electricity that could cause damage in a variety of ways. Think of your investments in audio and video components, computers, phones, large and small appliances, not to mention your home’s electrical system, itself! The possible sources of electrical power surges are numerous, including both external factors, as well as sources within the home.
In an area where electrical storms are pretty common during the heat of summer, electrical surge protectors are a great way to help protect your home and your valuable electrical appliances and devices in the case of a weather-related electrical surge. But keep in mind that no surge protector can handle a direct or very close-by lightning strike.
It’s important to understand that electrical power surges occur on a year-round basis, and lightning strikes actually account for less than half of the total number of surges that occur in the Denver Metro area over the course of the year. So it makes good sense to learn more about whole-house electrical surge protectors, and consider if one would be a good fit for your home.
Common External Sources of Electrical Surges:
- Downed or damaged utility lines
- Utility grid transfers
- Intentional power outages
- Lightning strikes*
*There is no reliable protection against a direct lightning strike.
Internal Sources of Electrical Surges Include:
- High electrical draw appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, AC compressors, furnace fans, shop tools, and garage openers – turning on & off
- Damaged wiring
- Overloaded outlets
Electrical symptoms that potentially point toward internal electrical surges as the source include dimming of lights when an appliance turns on, regular tripping of electrical circuit breakers in the main service panel, discolored electrical outlets, or even a humming sound from the service panel.
If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend calling your trusted electrician without delay. In the Denver-Boulder area, call our team at Save Home Heat for expert assistance.
How Do Power Surge Protectors Work?
Many insurance industry sources say that the typical family has more than $15,000 invested in electrical items sitting in their home. Whether or not this is a conservative number, this includes everything from your AC and heating, sound systems, refrigerator, washer and dryer, computers, coffee maker, and much more. Consider the damage that one major power surge in your home could potentially leave in its wake.
Simply, a whole-home surge protector helps safeguard your home and your electrical products by detecting and diverting excessive electrical current, regardless of whether it originates outside or inside of your home, away from your house and electrical system and into the ground away from the house through your electrical system’s ground wire.
What Is a Whole Home Surge Protector?
Quality portable, plug-into-the-wall surge protectors provide basic surge protection, but there are many times when that’s just not enough. And don’t forget, many electrical products such as a refrigerator frequently cannot plug into those types of surge strips because of kitchen layout constraints. So whether used with a portable surge strip or not, a whole-house surge protector provides another, greater level of protection for all the items in your home that consume electricity. This could prove to be the difference between resetting breakers & incurring costly damage.
A whole-home surge protector is a fairly compact electrical device that installs close by, or is attached directly to your home’s main electrical panel. When an electrical current surge coming from either an external or internal source is detected, the surge protector directs the excessive current away from the home and your system, ‘to ground.’
Whole-house surge protectors are Type 2 electrical devices, which means that they are permanently connected to the service panel and your electrical system. For further enhanced electrical surge protection, surge protectors are also installed to safeguard specific appliances or circuits within the home. Used in tandem with a whole-house surge protector, this layered approach provides the ultimate in surge protection.
Your Trusted Team for Reliable Power Surge Protectors in Denver
You can rely on our highly skilled and experienced electrical team at Save Home Heat Company to provide you with exceptional service and high quality products for all your home electrical needs. Our informative, low-pressure process is a good fit for all homeowners who want to learn about their home’s electrical system and make decisions that they’ll feel good about for many years to come – or for those who are simply looking for a contractor they can trust. We appreciate the opportunity to speak with you, and will work hard to exceed your expectations whenever you give us the opportunity to work in your home.
For more information about electrical surge protectors, or to receive a free, low-pressure install quote, please reach out to our team today!
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