Surge Protectors

Updated: Jun 16


How Protected is your Home?

What is a Power Surge?

The best way to explain a power surge is to think of a time that an electronic in your home may have stopped working during a lightning storm. Alternatively, another example could be when you went to vacuum, and the lights started jumping around. These are power surges! While seemingly harmless, power surges can become quite dangerous or can destroy your appliances and electronics.

What Causes Power Surges?


There are many different reasons as to why power surges occur. Some of these reasons include nearby lightning strikes, damaged power lines, or even utility companies switching distribution systems. Your home or business could also have a faulty or overloaded transformer that needs inspection or repair[1].

How Can you Prevent Power Surges?

Plugging electronics into devices called surge protectors can help protect your hard-earned investments if there is a sudden dangerous surge to your electrical system. These devices help to divert excess energy away from electrical appliances and helps to prevent damage to them.

There are a few different types of surge protectors that are available for your home or business. These protectors include whole-house surge protectors, surge protector strips, wall mount surge protectors, and backup battery protectors.



Whole-house Surge Protectors


Whole house surge protectors have surge protection installed directly in your home or business’ breaker box. These types of protectors help to divert the excess energy away from the rest of your home with the added assistance of plug-in surge protectors[2]. 


Kite Electric’s qualified electricians can inspect your breaker box to determine if a whole-house surge protector would be beneficial for your home or business! Contact us today! 



Surge Protector Strips


Allowing multiple devices to be plugged in at once, these protectors often look like a power strip. The difference between a power strip and a surge protector power strip helps protect your devices when a power surge is detected. When purchasing a power strip, ensure that it offers the protection of a surge protector, so you know that your hard-earned electronics stay working for years to come![3]


Wall Mount Surge Protectors

Wall mount surge protectors are similar to surge protector strips because they allow you to plug in multiple devices simultaneously. The difference between surge protector strips and wall mount surge protectors is that wall mount surge protectors plug directly into your current electrical outlet and is more of a box-type device than a strip.[4]


Battery Backup Protectors


While backup battery protectors are significantly different from your standard surge protectors, these devices offer not only surge protection from voltage fluctuations but guarantees that your devices will continue to work for a few hours during a power outage. This additional safety net will help you feel more at ease that important information is not lost off servers and computers, amongst other things[5].

Conclusion

Power surges occur all the time, whether from faulty wiring, your utility company, the weather or line accident. You can prevent the destruction of your electronics and decrease the risk of fire by ensuring that you protect your home using surge protectors. To ensure the safety of your whole house, schedule a breaker box inspection with Kite Electric to see if your panel can handle the addition of complete home surge protection safety or how to make your home safer in the event of a power surge.

  1. Get more protection than you think you’ll need[7]

  2. Don’t overload it

  3. Don’t plug into an extension cord

  4. Do not use near water

  5. Replace surge protectors when they get worn or feel hot to the touch.

  6. Have your breaker panel inspected annually

Sources


Home Depot, 2021 [2,3,4,6,7]

Direct Energy, 2021 [1]

PC Build Advisor, 2018 [5]

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