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    Surge Protection

    Surge Protection for Your Florida Home

    At Electric Today, our goal is to make sure your home’s electrical system is secure and running efficiently. Part of that involves protecting your home system against damages from outside forces like lightning storms and other major power grid events. We install whole-home surge protectors to defend against these types of events.

    Unfortunately, power surges are very common in our daily lives. Not only can they destroy appliances and electronics, they can also ruin electrical outlets, light switches, light bulbs, air conditioner components and garage door openers. Although power surges are brief, they can cause considerable damage to our electronic equipment at home. Whole-home surge protectors are exactly what you need for these events. They can protect your devices against:

    • Lightning Strikes
    • Energy Surges
    • Downed Power Line Surges
    • Blown Transformers
    • Reconnection Surges

    There are two types of electrical surge protectors available for residential use:

    Service Entrance Surge Protection Device.

    These devices protect incoming electrical power lines, incoming telephone lines, cable TV and satellite dish cable from damages suffered by a power surge. A service entrance surge protector is commonly mounted at or near the main electrical panel or electric meter.

    Point-of-use Surge Protection Device.

    These are commonly used at the appliance being protected. Point-of-use surge protection devices are usually plugged into a wall outlet and can protect all expensive electronics and appliances, such as TVs, VCRs, stereos and computers. Appliances that have electrical clocks, digital displays or electronic push buttons usually need this type of surge protection. They can usually be found at your local electronic supply store. They can work well with small electronic appliances, but they will not protect your house from a power surge.

    Devices Protected by Surge Protectors:

    • Medical Equipment
    • Entertainment Electronics
    • Personal Computers
    • Security Monitoring
    • Hard-Wired Emergency Electronics

    Whole-home surge protectors are installed alongside your electrical panel, protecting your entire home from dangerous surges before they enter your personal grid.

    Whole-home Surge Protector vs. Power Grid

    At home, most people trust the surge protectors built into the power strips we plug into our walls. While they are useful, the defenses of these surge protectors only work against minor surges. If a lightning strike hits near your home, these tiny surge protectors in your power strips cannot handle the extra load.

    While the best defense against grid events is to disconnect all devices during a power outage or electrical storm, installing a whole-home surge protector can handle major grid events without compromising your major appliances.

    While the best defense against grid events is to disconnect all devices during a power outage or electrical storm, installing a whole-home surge protector can handle major grid events without compromising your major appliances.

    Contact us today for more information and to get a free consultation with Tampa’s best commercial and residential electrical company.