Electrical safety may not be one of the first things that comes to mind when homeowners in Longmont and surrounding communities think about the primary systems in their homes. If it is, it’s not likely that much, if any, thought is given to enhancing your home’s defense against electrical power surges that can come from sources as varied as a nearby electrical storm or a welder in your workshop. When you learn more, it makes good sense for many homeowners to consider installing a whole-house electrical surge protector as an ‘electrical insurance policy’ for their homes.
Our electrical team at Save Home Heat Company can assist Longmont homeowners with expert, low-pressure advice and professional recommendations and installation of a high quality power surge protector matched with your needs and your home. You can count on our long term commitment to serving our community and making sure you are satisfied with all aspects of your interaction with our company.
What Are Electrical Surges and Why Do Homes Need Protecting?
Longmont sees its fair share of lightning storms during the summer season, and at times these storms are accompanied by electrical surges that can significantly impact our homes’ electrical systems. A nearby lightning strike is just one of several potential sources of a power surge that can originate outside of our homes. There are also sources of possible power surges inside our homes, as well.
A power surge occurs when excessive electrical current enters an electrical system, overloading the capability of the safety devices and/or wiring in the system. If significant enough, the overload can travel around many circuits in the home, thru wiring and electrical devices, causing damage along the way, as well as damaging appliances and products that are plugged into the affected circuit/s. Think about all the ‘smart’ devices and appliances residing in your home.
While many homeowners may associate electrical surges with electrical storms, surges are often associated with other sources, and on a year-round basis, not just during the warm summer months. 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 could potentially point in the direction of an internal electrical surge include brief dimming of lights when an appliance switches on, frequent tripping of circuit breakers, discolored outlets, or even a humming sound from the main service panel.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend making a call to your trusted electrician asap. In the Denver-Boulder area, our team at Save Home Heat is prepared to handle your call and provide prompt, professional service.
How Do Power Surge Protectors Work?
Without getting buried in the details, a whole-house power surge protector helps safeguard your home and by detecting and directing electrical overload current away from your home and electrical system, into the ground away from the house through the system’s ground wire. The source of the surge can be either external to, or inside your home.
According to many 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, kitchen appliances, audio and video, computers, phones, and much more. The number could be considerably higher for some of our customers. Consider the impact that one major electrical power surge could have in your home, and it makes sense to learn more about possibly having a whole-home surge protector installed.
What Is a Whole Home Surge Protector?
A whole-home electrical surge protector is a fairly compact device that installs close by, or is often attached directly to your home’s service panel. When an electrical surge is detected, the device directs the excessive current away from the home, ‘to ground.’ Whole-house surge protectors are classified as Type 2 electrical devices, which means they become an integral part of the electrical system, permanently connected to the service panel.
Good quality surge protector power strips do indeed provide a level of protection, but there are times when that’s simply not enough. And in addition, remember that many appliances such as a refrigerator or a convection oven normally cannot plug into those types of surge strips. So whether or not you’re making use of a portable surge strip, a whole-home surge protector provides an additional level of blanket protection for all items in your home that consume electricity.
In a worst-case scenario, this could prove to be the difference resetting ‘thrown’ breakers or incurring costly damage. For even greater electrical protection, a permanent surge protector can also be installed to safeguard specific, high priority appliances or circuits in your home. Used in conjunction with a whole-house surge protector, this double approach provides optimal surge protection.
Your Trusted Team for Effective Power Surge Protectors in Longmont
For all your home electrical needs in the Longmont area, you can count on our team at Save Home Heat Company to 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 give us a call today!
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