Protect Your Grand Blanc Home from Damaging Power Surges with a Surge Protective Device

Power surges can happen at any time, knocking out your home’s power and causing damage to your electrical equipment. Power surges are often associated with lightning strikes, but that is only one cause, and not even the most common one. Power surges can also be caused by faulty wiring, downed power lines, or malfunctioning utility company equipment.

As experienced electricians in Genesee County, we’ve seen the damage that can be done by power surges when a home is left unprotected. That’s why we recommend that homeowners in Grand Blanc, Flint, Pontiac, and the surrounding areas install a whole-house surge protector, also known as a surge protective device.

The surge protectors you can buy in stores and plug into your home’s outlet offer some protection, but obviously only to the equipment you have plugged into them. Many people choose to plug their computers into surge protectors, but think about all of the other valuable devices and appliances you have in your home that could be damaged by a power surge: televisions, refrigerators, ranges, microwaves, tankless water heaters, etc. Modern electronic devices, especially ones with microprocessors, are particularly sensitive to power surges.

In addition to a whole-house surge protector, we also recommend that Genesee County homeowners protect their most valuable equipment, like computers, with standard outlet surge protectors. Because while whole-house surge protectors can suppress power surges from outside sources, they won’t protect your equipment and appliances from damage that can be done by power surges originating from inside the home (like one that can happen from using too many high-power electrical devices at the same time). When shopping for a surge protector, look for one that has a UL rating of 400 or less, an energy absorption rating of 600 joules or more, and is listed as a “transient voltage surge suppressor.”

Installing a whole-house surge protector in your home is a job for a professional electrician. However, it can usually be done in one day, and we may not even need to come into your home, since whole-house surge protectors are designed for outdoor installation. Given the amount of equipment in modern homes that is sensitive to power surges, having whole-house power surge protection in your Genesee County home is a great investment.

To have one of our electricians come to your home or business to provide you with a free estimate for a surge protective device (or for any other electrical need you may have), contact us today.

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