Loadshedding 101: Surge Protection Matters!

Loadshedding has returned in full force, which means the likelihood of power surges affecting your home or business is higher than usual. And while we hate bringing up the dreaded L-word (loadshedding…) we have to.

Loadshedding is a reality, especially given the state of our aging infrastructure, and we’re powerless over the situation (literally… Unless you want to install backup power, hint hint).

More than that, loadshedding doesn’t just kill our vibes, it can also kill our appliances and electrical equipment if we let power surges run wild. Of course we can’t control when surges happen, especially if they’re caused by loadshedding, but we can take measures to try and decrease the amount of damage they cause our electronics. Now is the ideal time to invest in surge protection before it’s too late. 

Here’s a quick crash course on what a power surge is:

A power surge is a sudden spike in voltage supplied to a circuit. This spike disrupts the normal flow of electricity within a circuit and causes permanent damage. The sharp increase in electrical energy overloads circuits in appliances and electrical systems, resulting in damage that can range from minor malfunctions to catastrophic failure. There are two main types of power surges: internal surges and external surges. 

Internal surges are caused by an internal fault, etc, in the electrical system. External surges are caused by outside forces such as lighting strikes, power being restored after loadshedding or power outages, and transmission lines or transformers malfunctioning.

The one upside to power surges is that we can take precautions to prevent them causing damage to our electronics. Surge protectors have become a necessity in many South African homes and can be the difference between a functional toaster and a fire hazard. 

Surge protectors are designed to equalize voltage spikes to decrease the damage caused by power surges. Surge protectors are effective in preventing damage resulting from most surges, however there will always be exceptions to the rule (though thankfully they tend to be few and far between). To prevent every surge from being a catastrophe, we strongly recommend installing surge protection (seriously, we’re not kidding). 

Whole-house surge protection is the best way to protect your electronics and bigger electrical systems. It’s more expensive than plug-in surge protectors, but it also provides much more protection. They’re a lot more effective against external power sources (such as lightning strikes, or surges resulting from the power returning after loadshedding). This type of surge protection is installed at the fuse box, stopping the surge before it even makes its way inside. 

We offer a range of Surge Protection installation services, specialising in whole-house surge protector installations. All of our service professionals are properly trained and qualified, fully registered, and knowledgeable about all things surge protection!

Contact us today for more information about how we can help you protect your home and appliances from power surges. We offer free quotations with no call-out fee

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