Keep The Electricity Supply To Your Home!

By: Rick Skew

Let's imagine for a moment, heavy rain along with a crack of thunder that jolts you out of your sleep. You notice the lights shine unsteadily, but they come back on so you think to yourself, "no problem" and you go back to your slumber. But the next morning you have overslept and your alarm clock is flashing "12:00." Unfortunately, you have been the victim of what is commonly known as a voltage surge. Voltage surges are a nasty and expensive example of the power interference that takes place in homes every day. Fortunately, there is actions you could take towards accomplishing surge protection for the home and electrical appliances. To kick things off, let me quickly speak about the two most frequent types of power interference that can have an impact on you being a prroperty owner.

Voltage Dips:
A voltage dip takes place when motors in high-draw aplliances and elctrical devices including dishwashers, refrigerators and dryers are turned on, This significantly reduces the energy available for additional devices. Flickering lights are a common symptom of a voltage dip. While a voltage dip isn't a massive problem, it can be a big nuisance, particularly if it's harsh enough to cut power to the home which may trigger alarms, turn off computers, not to mention them alarm clocks.

Voltage Surge:
Probably the most serious form of power interference is the voltage surge. This quick rise in voltage can begin inside or outside your building, and can harm sensitive electronic equipment including computers, home entertainment centers and other expensive electronic items.

Surge Protection is the Solution:
You can use two types of surge protection that are available to house owners today. The most typical form of surge protection is a surge suppressor, generally seen in the form of a power strip, which will cope with surges to as much as 6,000 volts. The surge arrestor, on the other hand, is installed in or near the master service panel of your house and provides surge protection against voltage surges up to 20,000 volts (lightning strikes for instance).

Surge Suppressors:
Surge suppressors are designed to control the smaller surges which often occur hundreds of times each day in a typical home's wiring, when appliances with motors, such as hair dryers, refrigerators turn themselves off. This will suddenly cause the energy these devices were consuming is diverted elsewhere in the form of excess voltage. Surges also occur when the electricity company switches power from one geographic area of the grid to a different area and when supply and demand in the region changes.

Although they might never be powerful enough to damage electronic components, these numerous small surges can steadily break down wiring insulation, causing electronic devices to operate improperly and wear out early. Plugging your sensitive and expensive electronic devices into surge suppressors is an easy, cheap way to help your equipment last longer and working better.

Hire a Professional:
Whole house surge arrestors should only be installed on the home's electrical service panel by a professional, licensed electrical contractor. There are dozens of different makes, models, and styles of arrestors on the market to provide you with surge protection, all of which vary very much in price and quality. The sort and size of your service panel, how full the panel is, as well as the number of appliances and electronic devices that will need to be protected, all play a role in determining which surge arrestor must be installed. Discuss with an expert about getting the right model in your case

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I have been involved with the Do-It-Youself industry for over 20 years. So I think now is the time to spread the word a bit about Electrician companies operating in the UK.

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