Creating A Great Construction Environment

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What You Should Know About Protecting Your Home Against Power Surges

Construction & Contractors Blog

Power surges can be potentially damaging to your residential electrical circuits, particularly when the surges are significant. But, what many people don't realize is that even small power surges can be damaging over time. The cumulative effects of small, repeated power surges can be damaging to your electronics, appliances and the electrical grid in your house as well. Here's a look at what you need to know about power surges and how you can protect your home.

How Power Surges Happen

There are many things that can cause power surges, from changes in your electric company's power grid to lightning strikes. Lightning strikes can be some of the most damaging because of the intense concentration of energy in the strike. Some power surges can even be caused by an appliance in your home that's not working properly. One common misconception about power surges is that they only affect your electrical wiring. The truth is, particularly in the case of lightning strikes, power surges can even travel through phone or cable lines.

What Power Surges Do

Power surges send a sudden spike of electrical current throughout the home. The wiring in your house is designed to sustain certain voltages and fluctuations in the power levels, but a power surge goes beyond the peak voltage rating that your electrical system is equipped for. This spike causes an arc of current in any appliances that are plugged in and may short out circuitry or destroy sensitive electronics.

How to Protect Your Home

You can't prevent power surges from occurring, but you can take steps to protect your home from the damage caused by them. Here are a few things to discuss with an electrician:

  • Surge Protectors: Surge protectors are a good way to build a barrier against power surges for your electrical devices. While you can buy commercial power strips that include some level of surge protection, it's also beneficial to consider whole-house protection by replacing your power outlets with ones that have integrated surge protection in them.
  • Proper Grounding: Your home's electrical system needs to be properly grounded. Look around the area where your electrical meter is to spot grounding rods. You should see a couple of rods in the ground near the meter. The copper-plated tops and copper wire serve as an electrical ground.
  • Main-Line Barriers: In addition to protecting the specific outlets in your home, ask your electrician about preventing surges by adding an inbound surge protector on the power box to monitor the power coming into your house and regulate the current. This is particularly helpful if you have a central HVAC system or other vital whole-house power needs.

For more information, contact Excel Electric Inc. or a similar company.


11 June 2015