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Can you imagine your life without kitchen appliances, computers, and other electronic gadgets?

Most of us can’t, and that’s why understanding and protecting against power surges is so important. Up ahead, we’ll take a look at what happens when a power surge occurs in a home. We’ll also discuss why power surge protection is so important and how you can prevent power surge-related damage in the future.

What is a power surge?
A power surge results when an abnormally high wave of voltage passes through your home’s flow of electricity. If that sounds a little confusing, let’s go ahead and break it down.

First, it’s important to recognize that in America, a typical home has 120-volt AC power running through most of its outlets. With that said, the average voltage on any given day, at any given time can range anywhere between 0 and 169 volts. Any voltage fluctuation within this range is normal and nothing to worry about.

When your home’s flow of electricity exceeds 169 volts, however, a power surge happens.

Is there a typical time that power surges occur?
Possibly. It all depends on what actually caused the surge.

We know, for example, that severe thunderstorms can cause power surges. Therefore, if you live in an area where big storms (especially lightning storms) are common, a power surge during this time is something to be concerned about. Storm-related power surges can happen during an actual storm or directly after the storm, when all of your electronic devices are powering back up.

However, random transformer or transmission line malfunctions can also cause power surges, and these may happen at any time. Likewise, if your electricity provider switches power grids, surges may occur as a result of this as well.

Why are power surges dangerous for your home and your belongings?
Anything that is plugged into an electrical outlet in your home can be damaged by a power surge. Essentially, an excess amount of electricity is forced through plugged-in appliances during a power surge, and this can cause things like computers, refrigerators, microwaves, and televisions to overheat and possibly even catch fire.

How can you prevent power surges in your home?
There are two main ways to protect your home from power surges. First, if you just want to protect certain appliances, you can simply purchase surge protector plugs and power strips, which have surge protection built into them. Use these to plug in expensive and valuable items like your computer and television.

If you’re concerned about your entire house, as many homeowners should be, you might consider whole-house surge protection. We can help you decide what range of capabilities your chosen protector should have, and we can also install it for you. Whole house surge protectors must be placed in your fuse box, and this is a procedure that only a professional should undertake as it can be dangerous for an amateur.

Consider power surge protections for your home
There’s never a good time to have a power surge at home. Reed Electric, Heating & Air can help protect your home from the dangers of power surges by equipping your home with whole-house surge protection.

To learn more about this and other electric services, contact us today!
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