Surge protectors are designed to protect electrical devices from dangerous voltage spikes. They are also known as spike suppressors, surge diverters, and surge suppressors. Power surges can result from several different factors. Therefore, it’s important to determine which surge protector is best for your home.
The Benefits of a Surge Protector
Power surges can be caused by
- Lightning storms
- Downed power lines
- Faulty wiring
- Continuously powering electrical devices on and off rapidly
Surges in electricity usually can’t be predicted, so protection is key. Surge protectors help prevent a variety of electrical problems (e.g. damaged wires, fire) associated with electrical surges. A rule of thumb for electrical surge protection: the greater the power of a machine or device, the higher the risk of an electrical disaster. Electrical disasters can increase the risk of house fires. When the demand for electricity does not meet the supply, the electric system tries to compensate for the needed power. Electrical disasters occur when the power exceeds the electrical system’s maximum power threshold.
You need surge protectors to prevent the surge from traveling downstream to the devices plugged into the surge protector. Most surge protectors are equipped with multiple outlets so you can protect more than one device simultaneously. Use them for expensive electronic devices with microprocessors. Desktop computers, laptops, televisions, gaming systems, and charging phones should all be plugged into a surge protector. Also, make sure you are not using a surge protector that is damaged.
Hiring an Ellicott City Electrician
It’s always best to hire an electrician to handle residential electrical projects to prevent serious injuries and extensive property damage. Avoid the risks associated with electrical surges by installing surge protection in your home right away. Fortunately, it can be as simple as purchasing a surge protector strip into which you plug various electronics, devices, and appliances. However, this should not be the only step taken to protect your home from surges. These strips can wear down over time, so you really want to opt for “whole-home” surge protection if possible. Contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling, an Ellicott City electrician, to assess your home today.