A power surge happens anytime the voltage in your home goes above the standard 120 volts. Many homeowners don’t know this, but they cause millions of dollars in property damage each
year. The best way to protect your home is with a whole-home surge suppressor.
What You Need to Know About Power Surges
Here are a few more things that most people don’t know about power surges.
- About 80% of power surges start in the home.
- Surges can happen when major appliances turn on or off, causing temporary power spikes
- Surges can also be caused by faulty wiring, downed power lines, and utility company problems.
What is a Surge Suppressor
Surge suppressors detect excessive voltage and redirect it to a grounding wire, which returns
voltage to normal. While there’s no way to protect your home from a lightning strike, surge
suppressors are your best option for maximal surge protection.
Choose a surge suppressor based on:
● Its clamping voltage. This is the level at which it passes electricity into the ground. You
can choose between devices rated at 330, 400, or 500 volts. In this case, lower voltage
● Its energy absorption and dissipation. This is the device’s capacity to absorb extra
energy when it surges. You want a rating of more than 600 joules for satisfactory
● Its response time. You want this to be under 1 nanosecond for maximal home protection.
You may also want to use well-rated surge protectors when you plug in your devices, too, for
full-spectrum, layered surge coverage.
Contact us at Chad Love Services to get your whole-home surge protector today. We’ll be there soon to
help prevent costly damage to your house. We’re the reliable electric company in Charlotte, give us a call for electrical service in Charlotte today!