When a power surge hits, it can destroy or damage your electronic equipment. Most electrical equipment is made to run at a specific voltage. Although these devices can typically handle slight variations… surges take their toll on almost all electric equipment in your home. Surges can come from internal or external sources. The most significant external surge threat comes from lightning, even when it’s far away from your house. Consider installing a whole-house surge protector.
Surge Protectors Can Save Your Electronics
In most homes, you find a few power strips dotted around the house, especially by the computer or in the kitchen, where several outlets are required to run appliances. These serve two purposes… they give you more places to plug stuff into. Additionally, they also serve as surge protectors, keeping your electronics safe in the event of an internal or external power surge.
Consider a Whole House Surge Protector
If you’re looking for peace of mind and want protection for all the devices in your home, consider installing a whole-house surge protector. While power strips are easily installed and maintained by the homeowner, installing a whole-house unit may require hiring a licensed electrician. The reasoning here is that installing one of these includes opening and using the main power panel box. When you are engaged in a project of this electrical magnitude, employing an electrician is your best bet.
Avoiding Electrical Hazards
As always, you want to be very careful with electricity and take steps to avoid electrocution. Even when you turn off your main power switch , there are still live wires in the box. When you are opening the electric panel box, you must flip the main switch first. Don’t skip this step… it is essential for your safety. When you flip the switch, it cuts off the power to the house, and it turns the breakers off. Use a voltage detector to confirm that power is no longer flowing. Once you’ve checked that, you can remove the front panel.
Electrical Experience Required to Install Whole-House Surge Protector
If you have electrical experience, this might be a DIY job that you can handle. Without that experience, or if you’re feeling uncertain, call for help. At Deshaies Electrical Services in Odenton, Maryland, we can help you install a whole house surge protector. With this protection, you can rest assured that your electronics are safe from surges that may occur. You will need to check each month to ensure that your surge protector is working as it should.
Working With an Electrician
Whether you’re looking to install a whole-house surge protector, update your smoke alarms, or complete any other electrical project at your home or business, we’re ready to help. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and bringing you great value! Contact us today, and we will come out and give you an estimate for the electrical work you would like to have done. When you work with Deshaies Electrical Services, you gain confidence in our work and you’ll be pleased with the outcome.