Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Protecting Your Home From Power Surges


Just a quick tip today:

I wanted to share a tip with you about protecting your home when lightning strikes or from unforseen electrical surges.

The damage caused can be minimal to devastating--I've seen it all. When lightning strikes your home or nearby, a power surge can pass through your cable TV, phone, satellite TV or through the home's electrical service line.

By far and away the most effective and cheapest thing you can do is to unplug as much electrical equipment as you can when a storm is coming. (Good idea, too, if you're going to be away, especially in the summer.)  You can also purchase individual surge protectors - but be sure you look for those that have been reviewed and tested by an independent laboratory like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

That being said, ask your electrician about installing a 'whole home service entry protector.' It's a little gadget that's easily installed (by an electrician!) to your point of entry electric panel in under an hour. 

This will do the best you can from surges from lightning, transformer overloads and even expand the longevity of your electronics.

If you are our client and do install this device, please let us know.  If your not our client, contact us for a free quote!




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