As technology advances, our homes contain more and more devices that require electricity to work. Additionally, we tend to rely on these devices more and more which is why it’s important to ensure that you have a steady stream of electricity running through your home at all times. However, power surges pose a significant threat to such devices. Although they’re not always noticeable, you tend to experience around 20 power surges a day. This can leave incredible strain on your electronic devices and may even shorten their lifespans.
What Causes Power Surges?
When your devices are plugged in, a steady current of electricity flows from your utility company to your electrical panel. This electricity is then routed from your electrical panel to your outlets and thus your devices are powered up. If the current is steady, it is easy to monitor the electricity and avoid any damage to your devices. However, the minute the current becomes unsteady, or spikes, it results in a power surge. A Few Different Things Can Causes Power Surges, Including:
High-demand electrical devices
Power outages or downed power lines
Tripped circuit breakers or faulty wiring
How Surge Protectors Work
There are two main types of surge protectors our team at ElectricMan installs: whole-home and point of use. Point of use surge protectors are great for protecting the devices that are plugged into them. However, if you’re worried about all of the devices in your home, we recommend installing a whole-home surge protector. These are installed directly into your electrical panel and work by restricting any over-voltage from the electrical company. This helps prevent any spikes from reaching and damaging your devices and appliances.
Get Power Conditioning for Additional Protection
Do you have a home office set up? Are you worried about ensuring your expensive devices are protected from any potential damage? While surge protection is a great start to preserving your devices, it doesn’t ensure complete coverage. In addition to spikes and surges in electricity, radio frequency interference (RFI), voltage fluctuations, and electro-magnetic interference (EMI) can have severe effects on your entertainment and sound systems as well as any home office devices. This means that your sound and/or picture quality can be severely decreased.
Power conditioning helps regulate electricity before it reaches your devices. It does this by smoothing out any electro-magnetic or radio frequency interference or any voltage fluctuations.
If you own or manage a commercial facility that heavily relies on electricity for your day-to-day operations, we highly recommend installing a power conditioner. This will help reduce wasted energy and prevent any equipment failures, thus helping protect you from business and productivity interruptions. The main purpose of a power conditioner is to ensure quality electricity is being delivered to your property.
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