Power surges can happen at any time, but they are particularly common around storms that have a lot of lightning. Not only can they damage electronics and fry outlets, but also they can harm to you or your family members. Tim Kyle Electric, a Sykesville electrician, recommends the following surge protection tips.
Ways to Protect Your Home from Power Surges
By taking a few precautionary steps, you can protect your home from accidental power surges. First, have your wiring system inspected and replace any old wires. Older wires can blow out regularly, and when impacted by a surge, they fail to protect your appliances. Second, unplug any appliances that are not in regular use. When items are turned off but still plugged in, they continue to draw energy. If you know a storm is approaching, unplug devices you aren’t using. The more items you have plugged in when a power surge occurs, the more likely you are to experience damage from the surge itself.
One of the least expensive things you can do to protect your home from power surges is to buy surge protectors. They absorb the excess power if a surge occurs. Use these protectors on larger appliances that are costly to replace and other important items that you really don’t want damaged. Finally, consider a whole home surge protector that will be wired right to your electrical box. This type of surge protector absorbs power surges and protects the home as a whole. The cost for installation might seem costly at first, however, the investment can save you in the future should your home experience a dangerous power surge.
Contact a Sykesville Electrician
Contact Tim Kyle Electric for an assessment of what your needs are to keep things safe from surges.
We believe it’s 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. You may not be protecting an area that could later prove risky. Contact us today to learn more.