The standard flow of electricity is 220 volts. When voltage increases to the extent that it substantially exceeds this amount, it is referred to as a ‘power surge’. This surge essentially causes wiring to overheat and begin to burn, which can cause thousands (if not millions) or rands worth of damage to expensive appliances and devices in homes and businesses.
Effective surge protection lowers the risk of damage by ensuring the protection of these devices. The sensitive circuitry and microchips of electronic devices are susceptible to even the slightest surge in voltage, which compromises their ability to perform as intended. In some instances, if the surge in voltage is extreme enough, these devices can be completely and virtually instantaneously destroyed.
A power surge can occur via any single wire and cause immense damage to all electrical equipment inside a home. There is a common misconception is that all-around surge protection is simply a matter of plugging multiple devices into a low-cost, multi-outlet surge suppressor (‘multi-plug’). This is unfortunately not true.
To simultaneously protect a range of electronic devices in a single home, it is necessary to install a whole-house surge protection system. An experienced electrician ensures that the system is hard-wired into the building’s main electrical panel. Telephone and cable lines, as well as delicate circuitry, can be effectively protected by smaller, whole-house surge protection systems.
Make use of the less costly multi-outlet device only as a backup to absorb any excess power that may bypass a more effective whole-house system.
Call Sunburst Electric today to request the installation of surge protection.