As we think about the comforts and conveniences of our home’s various systems, electrical safety isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. When it does, a common occurrence known as an electrical power surge may draw blank looks from homeowners who are pretty tuned into things like their heating and AC, and plumbing systems. When you learn more about electrical power surges and surge protectors, and take a moment to think about the hard-earned money you have invested in many electric powered appliances and devices in your home, the installation of a whole-house electrical surge protector looks like an expense that makes good sense to consider.
For homeowners in Lafayette, CO and surrounding communities, our experienced, skilled electrical team at Save Home Heat is a trusted source you can turn to for expert, dependable, professional advice and recommendations on a quality surge protector to fit your home.
Why Do You Need a Power Surge Protector?
While electrical storms can be common in the Lafayette area during the summer, that’s not the only reason to consider the installation of a whole-home surge protector. Electrical surges in residences occur on a year-round basis, from a variety of both external factors, as well as sources within the home.
A large electrical surge, whether from utility work down the block, a lightning strike a few blocks away, or major appliances in your home turning on together, could potentially travel thru your home’s electrical system and cause damage in a variety of ways. In worse case scenarios, it could get costly. Just think about all the ‘smart’ appliances and devices in your home. A professional specified and installed, quality whole-house surge protector could help minimize or entirely avoid this circumstance from happening.
While most homeowners usually associate electrical surges with lightning storms, surges are often associated with a variety of other sources, and on a year round basis. In fact, other sources outweigh lightning strikes as the primary causes of electrical surges, annually. 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 of the electrical symptoms that may point to potentially harmful internal electrical surges in the home include brief dimming of lights when a major appliance turns on, discolored electrical outlets, circuit breakers tripping regularly, or a humming sound from the electrical panel.
While that’s not necessarily what’s going on, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend picking up the phone and calling your trusted electrician asap. In the Denver-Boulder area, Save Home Heat is fully prepared to answer that call.
How Do Power Surge Protectors Work?
According to numerous insurance industry sources, it’s estimated that most families have at least $15,000 worth of electrical appliances and devices in their homes. Whether or not this is a conservative number, this includes everything from your AC and furnace, to your washer and dryer, frig., audio and video computers, phones, and much more. Consider the impact that one major electrical power surge could have in your home and it might make sense to learn more about installing a whole-home surge protector.
Without diving into a ton of electrical wiring details, a whole-house power surge protector helps safeguard your home and your valuable electrical products by detecting and directing excessive electrical current away from your home and electrical system, into the ground away from the house through your system’s ground wire. This is done regardless of whether the source of the surge is from outside or inside your home.
What Is a Whole Home Surge Protector?
Good quality portable surge protectors (think power strips) provide a level of basic electrical surge protection, but there are times when those products just won’t provide sufficient protection to properly handle the surge. Remember, too, that many electrical products such as a refrigerator often cannot plug into one of those surge strips due to kitchen layout constraints.
In many other cases, there just may not be enough motivation to use surge strips – or you’re dealing with an item (there’s many examples) that’s wired directly into your home’s electrical system. So whether used with a portable surge strip or not, a whole-house surge protector provides an additional, greater level of blanket protection for all the items in your home that use electricity. In a worst case scenario, this could be the difference between simply resetting circuit breakers and incurring costly damage.
A whole-house electrical surge protector is a fairly compact electrical device that is normally attached directly to your home’s main electrical panel. When the surge protector detects an electrical power surge coming from either an external or an internal source, the device directs the excessive current away from the home and your system, ‘to ground.’ Whole-house surge protectors are Type 2 electrical devices, meaning they’re permanently installed as part of your electrical system. For even greater electrical surge protection, surge protectors may also be installed to safeguard specific appliances or circuits in the home. Used in conjunction with a whole-house surge protector, this double-layer approach provides the ultimate in protection.
Your Trusted Team for Power Surge Protectors in Lafayette
Whole-home surge protectors offer increased electrical safety for your Lafayette home and many valuable appliances and devices you use every day. If now’s the right time for you to learn more about these relatively unsung electrical ‘insurance policies,’ Save Home Heat Company is ready to assist. You can count on our expert electrical team to provide the high quality service and products that you’re looking for. We’ll do our very best to exceed your expectations whenever you give us the opportunity to serve your needs.
If you would like to learn more about electrical surge protectors, or to receive a free, low-pressure install quote, please reach out to our service team today.
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