Keep Your Calgary Home Safe with Surge Protection
Many homeowners in Calgary are familiar with surge protection, but not enough actually use it in their homes. You may be wondering what surge protection even is and if it’s necessary. The most basic explanation is this: a surge protector prevents your devices and appliances from experiencing damaging surges. This may lead to yet even more questions. What is a surge and why is it dangerous?
A surge is essentially a spike in your electrical current. This spike is short-lived, lasting around onethousandth of a second, however don’t let its fleeting nature deceive you. A spike has enough power to ruin your electronics and devices.
What Causes a Power Surge?
If you’re familiar with power surges, then you’ve probably been told that lighting is the most common cause. However, that’s not exactly right. It might be the most well-known cause, but you’re more likely to experience a surge when your refrigerator, air conditioner or portable heater switches on. This is because they require a great deal of power. When switched on, they experience a short yet high demand for power, resulting in an upset of the electrical flow. Alone a surge like this will not destroy your beloved electronics and appliances. Over time, however, surges will slowly damage components, which can eventually lead to the demise of your computer, gaming system or coffee maker.
Other leading causes of power surges are tripped circuit breakers, faulty wiring, downed power lines and problems with the utility company’s lines. If the problem lies within your electrical system, it’s imperative that you schedule an appointment with a licensed electrician as soon as possible. You may need to have your house rewired or a circuit breaker replaced.
How to Protect Your Devices & Appliances
24/7 Electric offers numerous solutions to protect your devices and appliances from devastating power surges. We are experts in installing point-of-use surge protection devices (SPDs) and whole-house surge protection. Instead of suppressing or arresting, an SPD redirects the surge to the ground. If your home is not up to electrical code standards, our electricians will recommend installing whole-house surge protection so that you can have peace of mind.
Types of Surge Protectors
With the market carrying multiple kinds of surge protectors, it can easily feel overwhelming. Here are simplified definitions for the four main types of surge protectors.
Primary Surge Protectors – Large in size and installed where the power lines and building meet. Given its sheer size, it carries substantial power. It can also use a building’s internal ground wires to maximize performance.
Secondary Type Surge Protector – Significantly smaller in size and plugged into electrical outlets. Because they are smaller, they also hold less power than their primary surge protector counterpart. However, their compact size makes it easier to use and relocate.
Power Strip Surge Protector – A type of secondary surge protector that is a power strip. You can plug this surge protector into any electrical outlet. When there is an electrical surge, the power strip will block power to the devices.
Uninterrupted Power Supply Surge Protectors – A type of secondary surge protector that comes in several kinds and styles. It can be a power strip or one with just a single outlet. Whatever type you choose, all are battery operated. This battery is essential as it keeps your devices powered when a surge happens. Other surge protectors cut off power to your devices, but an uninterrupted power supply surge protector kicks in when there’s a surge.
It can be difficult to determine which kind of surge protection device you actually need for your Calgary home. The experts at 24/7 Electric can help you choose the best protector for your needs and budget. Schedule your appointment with us today by calling (587)-315-1361 or (778)-557-1519. You can also request service online.