Here in Northern Alabama, severe thunderstorms are a common occurrence – and lightning can cause extensive damage to electrical systems and devices throughout the home. Even when a direct hit doesn’t occur, surges can travel for miles and cause direct damage to your electrical wiring, appliances, and sensitive electronics. You can protect your home’s electrical system with surge protection. Contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL today to schedule surge protection installation.
When lightning strikes or a surge from other sources is large enough to cause damage, your home’s electrical system could benefit with an inspection from our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL to ensure damage hasn’t occurred to the home’s wiring, light fixtures, outlets, and switches. Even small surges, when they routinely occur can cause damage over time. The potential consequence of a damaged electrical system is fire, and an inspection ensures the safety of your home and family.
Almost every home has one or more protective power strips. However, even the best strip only offers limited protection. Power strips are a last line of defense, and shouldn’t be relied on as the only layer of protection for valuable appliances, and they provide no protection at all for your home’s wiring, lights, switches, outlets and other electrical system components.
Why You Need a Surge Protection Network
Insurance companies state that more than $1 billion in power-surge related claims occur every year, with the average home experiencing damage above $4000. For the most reliable protection, whole house surge protection is needed. Mister Sparky’s electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the protection you need.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), lightning can have 100 million to 1 billion volts. Lightning strikes can easily overwhelm the best surge protection. Unplugging appliances and electronics during storms is the best protection against lightning strikes. For those you can’t unplug, a surge protection network offers the best protection available.
The Surge Protection Network
A whole house surge protection network requires various types of surge protective devices for the best possible protection. There are three types of surge protectors. A Type One device installs at the power meter. A Type Two device installs on the main electrical service panel. Type three devices are the surge protectors common in homes, and provide point-of-use protection. The three together provide a triple layer of surge protection for your home. Types One and Two require installation by a qualified licensed electrician. Our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the offer the professional installation you need.
Type One Surge Protective Devices
Type one protectors mount on the power meter. A Type One device helps to protect against surges caused by lightning or surges originating from the utility company. They are commonly in commercial, industrial and hospital buildings with a lightning protection system. A type one device is capable of discharging the high current of lightning.
Type Two Surge Protective Devices
Type two protectors install on the electric service panel and protect against residual lightning and other surges that occur inside the home such as when the heating and air conditioning system cycles.
Type Three Surge Protective Devices
Type three protectors are point-of-use power strip protection commonly in use with computers, televisions and other sensitive electronic equipment. These devices should provide the last line of defense against a power surge, and not the only line of defense. Not all power strips will provide surge protection, ensure you read the package, and purchase the highest protection possible.
Due to the danger of working with the high voltage associated with Type One and Type Two surge protectors, only a qualified, licensed electrician should provide the installation. Mister Sparky’s electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL offer the expertise for the professional installation required.
If you’re looking into whole-home surge protection, contact Mister Sparky for assistance. Our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL provide the expertise you need for electrical repair services, installation, and upgrades. In addition, we offer emergency electrical services 24/7 for your convenience. Mister Sparky’s qualified electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL serve Huntsville, Guntersville, Decatur, Toney, Athens, New Market, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.