electrical panelRegulated amounts of voltage flow through all of the electrical devices and appliances in your home- until a power surge strikes. When a surge occurs, a powerful jolt larger than the normal amount of voltage in your home disrupts electrical flow and can instantly damage anything that is plugged in. Without proper protection, you could face thousands of dollars worth of replacement to your damaged belongings.

What Causes Power Surges?

Many people think of lightning when they think of a damaging power surge. While lightning is the most powerful, it is the least common. More often than not, power surges are caused by downed power lines or by the operation of major appliances in your home. When a car hits a utility pole, wind damages wires, or utility repairs are being done, power surges can happen. When it comes to appliances like your air conditioner, refrigerator, and clothes dryer, their frequent on and off cycling can create surges that happen immediately but might not show any damage until a later point in time.

Point-of-Use Protection

Most of us use power strips that are said to provide some level of surge protection. The most basic of power strips usually only offers more outlets to plug things in. Other, better power strips provide protection to vulnerable electronics like your TV and computer and are recommended to be used in conjunction with a Whole House Surge Protector. Point-of-use devices can protect individual electronics from typical spikes in voltage.

How Surge Protection Works

Surge protectors are designed not to suppress a surge but rather to divert it. When high voltage is detected, the excess voltage is immediately diverted to a ground wire until voltage levels return to normal.

Whole House Protection

A Whole House Surge Protector is installed at your main service panel where electricity enters your home and should guard against up to 40,000 volts. It provides protection from more intense surges that can cause significant damage.

Whole House Surge Protection for your….

  • Computers and Televisions
  • Entertainment Systems
  • Small Appliances
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Air Conditioning and Furnace
  • Clothes Dryer

To safeguard all of your valuable appliances and electronic devices, expert Pittsburgh Electricians can install a Whole House Surge Protector for your home today. Call Gillece to get started!