Long Island Whole-House Surge Protection
Without a doubt, electricity service providers do their best to provide continuous power. Even these services are known to malfunction from time to time. Whether the problem is related to a natural disaster or man-made disaster, it always falls back on the customer.
If you have lived in a home powered by electricity for any amount of time, you have experienced power outages and surges. While these electrical events are not that common, they are known to cause damage, ranging from mild to severe.
Power surges (overloads) are the result of a spike (surge) in a building structure’s electrical current. Electrical surges have been linked to damaged electronics, appliances, and hard-wired gadgets.
When it comes to power surges and power outages, homeowners do not have a say in the matter. If an option was available, homeowners would not hesitate to try it. But, since there is no way for electricity service providers to guarantee 100 percent power surge-free service, homeowners are left to find a solution.
What Are Power Surges?
As mentioned previously, a power surge is as its name entails, a spike in an electrical current. In most cases, the underlying problem is never discovered until it is too late. It may not be until hours, days, or weeks later for the homeowner to discover the real culprit. Whatever the case may be power surges are no joke.
Negative Impact Of A Power Surge
Not all power surges are the fault of the electricity service provider. And, they do not always leave devastation behind for the homeowner to clean up. But, nine times out of ten, a power surge will cause some level of damage. Whether the damage is minor, major, or immediately noticeable, it is damage nonetheless.
Homeowners have reported damaged desktop computers, refrigerators, HVAC units, and televisions as the result of a single power surge.
Power Strip Surge Protector
Depending on how far you want to take it, a single power strip surge protector may be sufficient. These devices are available through online and brick-and-mortar retailers, big-box stores, hardware outlets, and electrical supply shops. There are several designs available, all of which have a specific number of three-prong plugs and a surge protector.
Strip surge protectors are commonly found in residential and commercial settings. They are most often connected to electronic devices but some homeowners will utilize them for their appliances as well.
Whole-House Power Surge Protector
The whole-house surge protector is very similar to the surge protector strip. The main differences between the two surge protectors are design, capability, and installation. The surge protector strip plugs directly into a 110-volt electrical receptacle while the whole-house surge protector is hard-wired into the home’s electrical system.
The whole-house power surge protector is just as its name entails. It protects all the devices connected to the home’s electrical system. This includes both hard-wired and plug-in devices.
Does Power Surge Protectors Work In Non-Grounded Electrical Systems?
In order for a surge protector to function properly, your home’s electrical system must be grounded. A grounded electrical system utilizes solid copper grounding rods that are buried in the ground.
Even if your electrical system is determined to be non-grounded, it may have some grounded outlets and switches because they have a copper ground wire.
Contact H&A Long Island Electrician To Learn More About Surge Protectors
If you are unsure about your home’s electrical system, it is best to rely on the experts at H&A Long Island Electrician. Our electricians are board-certified and licensed with the State of New York. They have many years of combined electrical experience. We can help you determine if your home’s electrical system is grounded or non-grounded.
Our whole-home power surge protector installation is affordable and accessible to all Long Island residents.