Just like the name implies, a power surge is literally a surge in electrical power. It’s a sudden spike in voltage in your home’s electrical system that exceeds the standard flow of electricity. Power surges can damage appliances and electronics that are plugged into your walls, and can sometimes damage your outlets or cause electrical fires. Power surges can be caused by a number of factors, one of which being lightning.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, lightning strikes homes in the United States more than 20 million times per year, causing up to $1 Billion USD in damage to home owners annually. These lightning strikes can cause damage to electronic devices and appliances in your home, and in 2019, over 77,000 claims related to lightning damage were made to US insurance companies. On average, each claim was worth close to $12,000 USD. Lightning can be scary, and expensive, too! In a standard homeowner’s insurance policy, lightning strikes and sudden damage from artificially generated electrical currents are both covered.
Electical surges can happen from a number of reasons. Surges can range from 5-10 volts when you turn on a hair dryer, or up to thousands of volts if lightning strikes a transformer. The most common reasons that cause electrical surges in your home are:
Most power surges are internal & can happen dozens of times every single day. Refrigerators and air conditioners are the usual culprit, but even smaller devices can also cause internal electrical surges.
The easiest way to prevent power surges is to set up a first line of defense. While you can’t control electrical surges, you can be proactive in protecting your electronic devices and appliances.
A whole home surge protector is like a power strip (with the surge protection function) for every outlet in your home. Instead of needing to install the power strip on every single outlet for every single device in your house, the whole home surge protector routes any voltage or electrical surge through the device, instead of through your expensive television or refrigerator. Watch this short video to learn more about how a whole home surge protector can protect your electronic appliances and devices.
Still unsure if a whole home surge protector is right for your home? Our team at Paschal Air, Plumbing, & Electric can guide you through the options of protecting your home & appliances. Give us a call at 479-259-1906 for service in Northwest Arkansas, Missouri, or the River Valley.
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