Surge Protection Experts
Power Pros, your local electrician offers premium surge protection installation solutions. In areas of intense weather and frequent power outages, power surges present a real problem to home electrical systems. All it takes is one power spike to fry hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of appliances. Surge protectors protect electrical devices and appliances from voltage spikes so you don’t have to worry about running around and unplugging everything every time a lightning storm hits.
Unfortunately, storms aren’t the only time a power surge can happen. Sometimes there is an over load of power through the power line that can cause surges. Sometimes surges are even caused from turning on certain appliances like a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer. It’s almost impossible to anticipate a power surge so it is better to be safe than sorry.
Most houses already own a strip bar surge protector that has valuable appliances like TVs or computers plugged in. Unfortunately, not all of the power strips that are labeled as “surge protectors” really provide that power and can fry as easily as if the appliance was plugged into the wall. However, the best overall surge protector is installed on a residential circuit breaker panel so your whole house is protected. Bigger appliances like your stove, refrigerator or washing machines can’t be plugged into strip protectors so they are extremely vulnerable to power spikes.
It’s true that some newer appliances state that they have built-in surge protection but, sadly, this protection doesn’t stand up to the extreme power fluctuations that we actually call a power surge. After day to day, small power fluctuations, the electrical panels in appliances wear out and can provide less protection in the event of a really powerful surge. Most companies recommend two layers of surge protection but most insurance companies strongly urge homeowners to invest in residential surge protection that is installed on the circuit panel.