The Advantages of a Surge Protector for Your Home
Many of us have surge protectors in our homes, mostly out of convenience. Outlets can be limited, especially in smaller or older homes, and so we use surge protectors to provide power to our electronics. Did you know, though, that surge protectors do much more for us than providing extra outlets? They can prevent an electronic shortage from spurts of electricity that go beyond the voltage limits.
The Top Causes of Power Surges
Power surges are short electricity bursts, and the stronger they are, the more likely they can cause damage to electronic devices. Surge protectors have circuit boards inside of the units that regulate the voltage levels. They absorb much of the power so that it does not transfer to your appliances.
These are some of the top causes of power surges:
- Downed power lines
- Lightning storms
- Damaged or faulty wiring
- The electric utility company produces surges when supplying electricity
- Turning high-powered electrical divorces off and on rapidly
Surge protectors can not only divert any unusually high surges, diverting the energy and avoiding damages such as a fire. Your investments, including refrigerators, dishwashers, and laundry units will also be protected from damage. So, not only does it provide convenience by opening up more available outlets to you, but they can also save you money in the long run, as you have the control to power on and off multiple devices with only a flick of the switch.
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How Surge Protectors Work
Surge protectors protect electronic devices from power “surges,” which occur when a home’s average voltage of 120 is exceeded. This can occur during lighting storms or when too many electronic devices are in use. A during a surge in voltage, the surge protector detects the excess current and safely diverts it through the house’s grounding path.
Benefits of whole house surge protection:
- Affordable – Whole house surge protectors are an affordable way to protect your home from potential hazards. With easy installation, you can start protecting your home at once.
- Easy Repair & Replacement – Surge protectors protect guard your appliances and electrical devices from burnout and can expand their lifespan.
- Reduced Maintenance Costs – Because surge protectors limit excessive voltage, they can protect your appliances, HVAC system, and more. This will reduce the number of maintenance calls you make.
Surge Protector vs. Power Strip: What's the Difference?
When looking for more electrical power, you’ve probably come across both surge protectors and power strips. There’s not much difference between the two except that surge protectors have an extra feature. Power strips add extra outlets to your space. Surge protectors act as power strips except they also protect your electronic devices from power surges. While power strips do not come with surge protectors, you can find surge protectors with multiple outlets. Therefore, surge protectors are the better choice between the two.
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If you are in need of electrical repair services due to a recent power surge, don’t hesitate to call Lighting Bug Electric at (404) 471-3847 for service in Marietta or Atlanta!