Having your home grounded can increase the safety of the house as well as the life span of electronics and appliances. Here’s what you need to know, from your Rosemont electrician.
What Is Grounding?
Electricity travels along the road of least resistance. If there’s too much electrical energy flowing through a path, then it has to go somewhere else. Without grounding, the extra power can flow into your appliances, electronics, and other such things. It might even give you a zap when you use those items. You don’t want things to burn up or take too much electrical heat in your home. This is why you need a grounding wire added to the house. This is a good place for electricity to escape. The wire is embedded into the ground and connected to the electricity in the house.
Surge protection is crucial. Fortunately, it’s as simple as purchasing a surge protector strip into which you plug various electronics, devices, and appliances. However, this should not be the only step taken to protect your home from surges. These strips can wear down over time, so while it’s fine to use them, you really want to opt for “whole-home” surge protection if possible. Your chosen electrician can take a look in and around your home to determine what your needs are to keep things safe from surges.
This is part of why it’s so important to have a grounding conductor to ensure you’re protected on every square inch of your property. Stronger surges call for a more robust solution, and power strips aren’t enough to fend off every spike in electricity. Again, have a professional come to assess the situation, even if you think you already have proper coverage from surges.
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You don’t have to understand anything about electricity or electrical work to understand the need for surge protection in your home. It’s easy enough to grasp that some currents can be more powerful than usual, and perhaps dangerously so. These surges might go unnoticed by the homeowner but may still wreak havoc as they occur over time. Contact Tim Kyle Electric today to learn more about surge protection and grounding.