A power surge in your home can damage or destroy your appliances and electronics. In rare instances, it can even start a potentially deadly electrical fire. These sudden spikes in voltage can be caused by faulty wiring, lightning strikes, power outages, electrical overload, and more. They’re not always predictable, but they are often preventable.
Jennings Heating and Cooling offers whole-house surge protection to reduce the chance of a dangerous power surge in your home, ensuring both the safety of your family and the security of your household valuables. By investing a little now to ensure your home is safe and secure, you can avoid spending a lot of money later on damages caused by a power surge.
And there’s an extra perk: Protecting your home with whole-house surge protection may even get you a discount from your insurance provider!
Did You Know?
Below are some important facts about voltage spikes and the benefits of whole-house surge protection.
Power Surges are More Common in Cold Weather
When temperatures are low, energy use is high. That means your home is at an increased risk for surge damage during the colder months. Snow, ice, and winter storms can also contribute to a power surge by downing power lines or causing wires to contact one another.
Energy Spikes Happen More Often Than You Think
They’re often not enough to cause any damage, but the average home sees more than 20 energy spikes every single day. All of these small spikes can add up over time, and your electronics and appliances may suffer as a result. Small power spikes can even cause dangerous wiring damage that is often difficult to detect.
Lightning Strikes Commonly Cause Power Surges
During a storm, a lightning bolt striking up to a mile away from your home can cause a power surge that can damage your valuable electronics. During these sorts of weather events, we advise that you unplug all of your electronics and appliances. Well, that’s unless you have whole-home surge protection.
Surge Protectors Can Extend the Life of Your Electronics and Appliances
The damage caused by a power surge may not immediately be evident. Small surges throughout the day can slowly damage your electronics and appliances, reducing their lifespan and costing you a ton of money. Whole-house surge protection can extend the life of your electronics and appliances by up to 30%.
Your Insurance Company May Be Happy You Have Surge Protection
Your homeowner’s insurance company is rightfully wary of the potential damage that a power surge can do to your home and your valuables. For that reason, they often incentivize whole-home surge protection by offering discounts to those who have it.
What Causes an Electrical Surge?
Now you know the damage an electrical surge can cause and how valuable whole-home surge protection can be. But you may still be wondering what exactly causes these electrical surges in the first place.
An electrical (or power) surge occurs when an increase in voltage in your home’s electrical system exceeds 169 volts. There are a variety of reasons why this uptick in voltage might occur, including:
- Faulty or damaged wiring
- Lightning strikes
- Damaged power lines
- Short circuits
- Tripped circuit breakers
- Electrical overloads
- Power outages
Not all of these causes are under your control. You can help prevent electrical overload by ensuring that you don’t plug in too many appliances or electronics at once. Regular electrical maintenance can help you spot faulty or damaged wiring.
But other than that, you can’t control whether your home gets hit with a dangerous power surge. That’s why whole-home surge protection is an excellent option for anyone looking to avoid the potentially devastating damage caused by an unexpected electrical spike.
Find the Right Protection for Your Home
Every home and family has different electrical needs. Your house may experience energy spikes more frequently, your family may use more electronics than others, or your household may consume more power at certain times of the year.
Whatever your surge protection needs may be, the trusted comfort advisors at Jennings Heating and Cooling can help you find the perfect surge protection device for you. And if you’ve already got whole-house surge protection, we can perform an inspection to make sure you’re sufficiently protected!
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