All About Surges
Lightning is the biggest threat to your home’s electrical system, correct? Actually, that would be incorrect. The biggest threat to your electrical system is generated by those using the electrical system, aka you. Electrical surges can destroy circuit boards. If you think that only your computers are at risk think again. With the advancements in today’s technology, more and more electrical devices are being built with circuit boards inside. You probably have your computer attached to a surge protector but what about your LED lighting and appliances such as washers and dryers? What is protecting those devices from surges?
How Surge Protection Works
Without surge protection, the energy entering your home and moving about it could become unruly. Think of a surge protector like a bouncer at a club. When someone enters the club with an attitude, they get booted out. That is exactly what the surge protector does for your home. A good surge protector will only allow good electricity into your home instead of out-of-control volts.
Whole-Home Surge Protection
Whole-home surge protection also known as surge protective devices (SPDs) are usually wired to your electrical service box and will provide all your electrical systems and appliances with surge protection. Typical surge protection strips that you plug your computer into are made from metal oxide varistors (MOVs). The problem with surge protection strips is that one surge will render the strip useless. However, the MOVs contained within whole-home surge protectors are designed to shield your home from surges for years. If you are considering adding on a whole-home surge protector device give GPS Electrical Service a call and we will be happy to professionally take care of your whole-home surge protection requirements.