Surge Protection | Electricians Huntsville, AL
Spring has sprung in Alabama, and unfortunately, along with spring come the thunderstorms that sometimes result in power outages. In addition to the power surges that can occur with storms, the increasingly warm days create an increase in power surges that can damage equipment. If this sounds like your local power, you should consider surge protection to protect your home’s electronics, and sensitive equipment. Contact Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL to learn how home power surge protection can eliminate or reduce the damage.
Protection for Homes and Businesses
Surge protection is typically installed at the meter where electricity enters the home or business. When power surges occur without protection, sensitive electronics and appliances can sustain damage. Water heaters, HVAC systems and your electronics can all be damaged, and are often irreparable depending on the extent of the surge. Surge protection can protect your computer, preventing the loss of valuable information. Each time a surge occurs, even when equipment continues to operate – accumulative damage can occur that will shorten the affected equipment’s lifespan.
Whole house protection is available through the use of a device that minimizes power surges. However, the most comprehensive protection against surges and lightning is a whole house surge protection network consisting of multiple devices. A Type One device is installed at the power meter, while a Type Two device is installed on the main service panel. Both types one and two will require installation by a licensed electrician. Type three devices are plugged into computers and other electronic equipment in the home or office for point-of-use protection. Together, they provide a triple layer of protection.
Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL offer the professional surge protector installation that you need.
Both Type One and Type Two are considered whole-house surge protectors, and a surge protection network will incorporate both devices along with type three protectors. Whole-house systems should be rated for a minimum of 40,000 amp surge. The greater the rating, the higher your protection will be. If you are unable to establish a network, the minimal that a homeowner should buy is a Type Two, in conjunction with quality Type Three devices. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL can install Type’s One and Two surge protection for you. The following tips for selecting a surge protector will assist you in the purchase:
Select a model with features that will indicate when the device has taken a hit.
Ensure the quality of the devices by selecting surge protectors listed as UL Standard 1449.
Warranty details will vary from device coverage only, to coverage of your equipment protected by the surge protector. If you need assistance, Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL can assist you in selecting an appropriate protector or your home or business.
The installation of Type One and Type Two surge protectors involves working with high voltage. Only a licensed electrician should install these devices. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL offer the professional installation required.
Surges can be so great that whole-house surge protectors alone may not be able to stop all surges completely. Type Three devices, commonly called “surge strips”, add a third level of protection. Type Three devices come in a wide variety of ability and price. There are three basic Type Three surge protectors: the typical multi-outlet power strip; the surge station; and the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which manages random fluctuations, voltage spikes, and provides a battery backup in the event the power supply fluctuates or goes out entirely. The back-up power is sufficient to allow the proper shut down of sensitive equipment.
In the U.S., power is in the form of alternating current (AC), meaning the voltage rises and falls between 0 to a peak of 169 volts. A power surge occurs when the voltage exceeds 160 volts.
Small surges occurring repeatedly can cause damage over time in electronics and appliances. Lightning strikes can easily overwhelm the best surge protector. The best protection of appliances and electronics during storms is to unplug those you can. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL will be glad to provide the surge protection you need.
Our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL have the expertise to provide the electrical services you need, including the installation of surge protection devices, and electrical emergency services. We serve Huntsville, Guntersville, Decatur, Athens, New Market and the surrounding areas.