You may not be aware that the power delivered to your home comes in alternating currents. For the average home, those waves oscillate between 0 volts and 169 volts. Sometimes the power surges above 169 volts, often during a storm, and, just like that, you have no power. Our team at Brown Service Co. can help you protect your home by offering tips for surge protection.
Why it Matters
Power surges are more than just inconvenient; they can actually damage your appliances and electrical devices. For example, when your appliance receives more power than it needs to operate, the heat generated can actually damage the device’s electrical components. Your devices are susceptible to the same type of damage, as computers, stereos, and even charging cellphones can suffer when the power surges.
What to Do
There are several key things you can do in order to boost your surge protection:
• Employ a point-of-use device that will divert any power surge into the ground.
• Install outlets that are equipped for protection against surges in areas where a power strip does not make sense, such as on a countertop.
• Use a service entrance surge protector, which is placed either on the electric meter or on your main electrical panel and protects your entire system.
• If you suspect a surge is possible, unplug any susceptible devices and appliances.
When selecting your protective devices, it is a good idea to get ones that come with a warranty as well as a light or alarm that indicates when it needs to be replaced.
When it comes to electrical matters, it is always best to trust a professional. If you have questions regarding surge protection and how you can preserve your appliances and system, please contact our team at Brown Service Co. Call us today at (817) 284-9204 to schedule an appointment.