Power surges are temporary, fast voltage spikes that occurs either due
to an interruption in electricity flow or when an increased rush of electricity
flows back into the system. They can occur in a number of ways, such as
when you turn large appliances on and off, when the electric utility company
conducts power grid switching, or even when lightning strikes.
The average American home use electrical power in the form of 120-volt,
60Hz, single phase, alternating current. While most homeowners assume
that the voltage in their home is consistently delivered at 120 volts,
the voltage actually fluctuates due to alternating current, oscillating
from 0 to a peak 169 volts.
Most electronics and appliances can withstand this fluctuation in current.
However, when a power surge occurs, generating voltage that exceeds 169
volts, it can cause an arc of electrical current within the device. The
heat produced in the arc results in damage to the electronic circuit boards
and other components. This type of erosion can cause rust within your
devices, shortening their lifespan or causing it stop working.
You can do the following to protect your appliances and electronics from
power surge damage:
surge protection devices (SPDs), which protect specific home appliances
- Use service entrance surge protection devices, which protects the entire
- Ensure you have an adequate grounding system
- Install special electrical outlets which are equipped with surge protection
If you’re looking to add substantial protection to your home from
power surges, speak with our
Atlanta electrician at
Lightning Bug Electric. Our entire staff is
highly trained and experienced in helping you fulfill your electrical home needs.
Do not hesitate to
contact us today and
schedule your service.