A power surge happens in milliseconds; a thousandth of the times it takes you to blink your eyes! Maybe you may see your lights flicker, or your home computers lock up for no apparent reason, or maybe you don’t notice anything at all. But that little spike in the current of electricity flowing through your homes wiring can lead to big consequences if your home is not protected.
The Insurance Information Institute includes insurance claims from power surges in the same category as damage resulting from lightning strikes. Together they resulted in more than $1 billion in insured losses in 2008 alone! With an average claim of $4,329. There’s an easy and affordable way to steer clear of those kinds of losses. They’re called whole-house surge protectors, and Safe-Way Electric & Solar Co. can help install and prepare your home to be safe against any electrical surge that may occur! Helping you keep you and your loved ones as well as your appliances safe!
Many homeowners believe that passable surge protection starts and ends with plugging their computer or appliance into a power strip. Regrettably, that’s hardly ever the case. First of all, not all surge protectors live up to their name; some are little more than overestimated extension cords. Second, a surge will follow any wire into a house—phone and cable lines included—and threaten fax and answering machines, televisions, satellite systems, computers, appliances, and modems. By themselves, whole-house suppressors can’t stop surges completely; up to 15 percent of excess voltage may leak by. That’s where “plug-in” surge protectors come in. These buffers between individual appliances and wall outlets come in a bewildering array of options and prices. And third, delicate electronic circuitry has multiplied throughout our homes, leaving common appliances as vulnerable as computers to the effects of surges.
A whole-house SPD can protect against up to 40,000 amps of current flowing into your home from the outside; normal household power is 200 to 300 amps. When a sudden surge occurs, such as from a lightning strike or damage to a power line, the device detects the excess current and safely diverts it through the house’s grounding path.
At Safe-Way Electric & Solar Co. we can provide your home with whole house surge protection and individual surge protection on circuits. All are designed to protect your investments and keep your home safe! Do it right! Do it the Safe-Way!