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Why You Should Invest in Surge Protection

lighteningIf you are a homeowner, chances are, you have spent a great deal of money on your gadgets and gizmos. So of course, it is in your best interest to protect these devices and appliances from electrical surges.  Generally, power surges in a home’s electrical system are fairly minor, but can still leave you replacing electronic systems much sooner than expected. So if this is the case, what can happen to your electronic devices and appliances during a powerful electric surge? Surge protection is an important first step in protecting a home’s most important devices and high-efficiency appliances.

Of course, we are not talking about the small, portable surge protectors and powerstrips that you can find in your local hardware or office supply store. We are talking about whole-house surge protection. Below, we will discuss just some of the many reasons why you should consider investing in whole-house surge protection. Keep reading to learn more. 

How Whole-House Surge Protection Works

Whole-house surge protection is hardwired into the electrical panel for your home. When a voltage spike runs through the panel, your surge protector prevents it from entering the home’s electrical system by diverting the excess voltage into the ground under your home. Whole-house surge protection helps defend your electrical system from downed power lines, lightning, and high electrical demand.

Surge protectors react quite quickly to increased voltage levels. In fact, they react in less than a nanosecond, ensuring that a surge is stopped in its tracks.

Why It’s So Important

Power surges occur inside your home every day, with or without a thunderstorm. This leaves all of the unprotected devices and appliances inside your home quite vulnerable to damage. Anything in your home that has a circuit board requires surge protection to keep it safe and free of damage caused by power surges. This includes your heater, air conditioning, TVs, computers, refrigerator, and even your LED lighting.

Most often, we associate power surges with lightning, however, it is rare that one big power surge will take out all your appliances at once. What you should be more concerned about are the frequent, minor surges that can occur inside your home every day. Whole-house surge protection ensures that your entire electrical system is protected. Without it, a surge from your AC could wipe out an entire electrical panel and all the other systems that are attached to it.

Hire a Professional For Whole-House Surge Protector Installation

When you need work done on your electrical system, it is super important to hire a licensed electrician in Alabaster, AL. Working with electricity can be very dangerous, especially if you do not know what you are doing. Only a licensed technician has the experience and the training to handle a dangerous situation.

In addition, installing whole-house surge protection is no small task, and it is important that it is done so correctly to keep your home and your electronics safe.

To learn more about whole-house surge protection, or to schedule your services, contact the team at Douglas Cooling, Heating, & Electrical. 

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