While many homeowners are quick to consider the everyday comforts of home such as heating and cooling, it’s not as common to think about electrical safety in your house – that is, until you notice a problem that may impact your personal welfare. There’s often a number of ways that a home can be made more electrically safe, and one well worth considering is the installation of a whole-house electrical surge protector for your Boulder home. Our highly skilled, experienced electrical team at Save Home Heat Company can assist!
Electrical Surges and Why Your Home Needs Protecting
Boulder residents are very familiar with electrical storms, especially during the heat of summer. But extreme weather is not the only cause of residential electrical surges. Far from it! An electrical surge, also known as a spike, that can run through an electrical system potentially wreaking havoc in many ways, can be caused by a variety of external and internal sources.
When a surge happens, excessive electrical current runs through the home’s wiring and can get into anything that’s connected to it, including your kitchen appliances, stereo system, AC system, and much more. The potential risk? Electrical surges, if great enough, can cause costly damage to appliances connected to the home’s electrical system. Think about all the ‘smart’ devices and appliances that inhabit your home.
Electrical surges, while most often associated with lightning storms, are frequently caused by other sources, and on a year round basis. In fact, the sources of electrical surges can even be inside of your home, as well as external to it. There may be more risk than you think.
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
Some electrical symptoms that might point in the direction of potentially harmful internal electrical surges include brief dimming of lights when an appliance turns on, regular tripping of circuit breakers, discolored electrical outlets, or a humming sound from the electrical panel.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend making a call to your trusted electrician asap. In the Denver-Boulder area, we hope that call will be to our team at Save Home Heat.
How Do Power Surge Protectors Work?
Many sources estimate that most families have over $15,000 worth of electrical appliances and devices in their homes, including everything from sound systems, computers, and lighting, to major appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, convection ovens, and more. Whether or not this is a conservative number, it’s clear to see that one significant power surge could take down lots of appliances and valuable belongings.
In brief, a whole-house surge protector helps safeguard your home and electrical devices by detecting and diverting excessive electrical current away from your electrical system and home into the ground away from the house. The source of the surge can be from outside factors or from inside of your home, as well. In either case, the surge is directed safely away by means of the surge protector and your electrical system’s substantial ground wire.
What is a Whole Home Surge Protector?
High quality power strip style surge protectors provide a base level of surge protection, but there are many cases where that’s not enough protection. In addition, keep in mind that many electrical products in your home cannot easily plug into those types of surge protectors. In either case, a whole-house surge protector provides an additional, even greater level of electrical protection, and this could be the difference between major damage or just resetting breakers.
A whole-house surge protector is a fairly compact device that installs in close proximity to or is attached to your home’s main electrical service panel. It connects to your system in such a fashion that when an electrical current spike is detected from either an external or internal source, the excessive current is directed away from the home, ‘to ground.’
Whole home surge protectors are classified as Type 2 electrical devices, meaning that they are permanently connected to the service panel. For optimal electrical surge defense, surge protectors can also be installed safeguarding specific appliances and circuits. Used in tandem with a whole-home surge protector, this double-pronged approach provides the ultimate in surge protection.
Your Trusted Boulder Team for Reliable Power Surge Protectors
If you’re looking for a higher level of electrical protection for your Boulder home, Save Home Heat Company provides exceptional quality and dependable service that puts people first. Our highest priority is to ensure the safety of you and your home, and for many homeowners, that includes equipping your home to be protected against electrical surges. Whether it’s downed lines in the neighborhood, a lightning strike several blocks away, or a major appliance in your home, you can count on our electrical team at Save Home Heat to match you with the whole-home surge protection that’s the right fit for you. A quality whole-house surge protector might be just the ‘insurance policy’ you need!
To learn more, schedule electrical service, or receive a low-pressure quote for a whole-home surge protector, please reach out to our friendly, helpful team today.
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