Power Surges

Power Surges

Power surges occur when there are sudden bursts of energy. For example, during a storm, power can flicker. A transformer can be blown, which will cause a large power surge. Daily use of electricity can cause frequent smaller surges to occur throughout the day.

Power surges can range from a few hundred to a few thousand voltages. Damage to your home electronics can be caused by a surge with enough voltage. Large surges can wipe out televisions, video game consoles, phones, and appliances, requiring you to replace them.

Small surges can shorten an electronic’s lifespan or cause shorts over time.

Protect Your Electronic Devices From Power Surges

It is important to understand what causes surging and sparking and how to prevent it from happening. 

Home Surge Protectors

Many electricians recommend installing a home surge protector. A full-house surge protector can cost up to $500, but that is a small price to pay if you can avoid replacing high-priced electronics and appliances.

Installing a heavy duty surge protector on your home’s electrical panel or having your electric company install one can redirect energy back into the ground and  will protect light bulbs, appliances, computers, and phones from surges.

Plug-in surge suppressors

Power strips serve as small surge suppressors for chargers, televisions, and small appliances. These power strips have circuit breakers which turn off when they detect a burst of energy to prevent electricity from funneling into your devices. 

By stopping energy surges, suppressors and protectors lengthen the lifespan of your devices and light bulbs and save you money in the long run. You can stop worrying about your appliances being ruined or damage to your devices when there are low-level surges or suprise incidents.

Avoid Dangerous Sparking

While plug in surge protectors are excellent at suppressing surges, it is  important that certain devices are never plugged into a power strip, including power tools, hair dryers, irons, microwaves, and other kitchen appliances that require large amounts of energy to convert into heat or power. If too much current is channeled into a power strip, it can cause shorting, sparking, and even a potential house fire. 

Knowing how to appropriately protect home electronics from surging and sparking helps keep your home safer.

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