With temperatures reaching the triple digits on a daily basis, your air conditioner has to work overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. That’s not ideal for a few reasons. First, your electric bill is bound to be more expensive until the temperature gets a little cooler outside. Second, with a constantly running AC, you’re more vulnerable to power surges. The risk of a power surge dramatically increases during our summer storms. The only way to prevent a surge from destroying your home is to call an electrical contractor in Phoenix, AZ to install or maintain your whole-home surge protector.
What is a power surge?
Power surges occur when there is a sudden stop and start of electrical flow either to one of your appliances or to your whole home. When a surge occurs, it can fry circuits and cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your appliances. Surges are usually caused by lightning strikes during storms, but they can also be caused by overuse of electricity, like when you run your AC all day. A power surge can also be the result of an issue at the power plant or with the city’s electric grid. So, when everyone in Phoenix is using their AC, surges are more likely to happen. It goes without saying that this is the worst time of year for surges. Luckily, there’s something you can do to prevent them!
What can I do to prevent power surges?
Buying a simple surge protector strip from a hardware store is a great place to start if you want to mitigate your risk of a surge harming an appliance. Plugging in your expensive devices, like TVs and computers, into surge protector strips may help ease your mind, but that’s not enough to protect your whole home. The only way to ensure a surge doesn’t fry circuits throughout your home is to hire an electrical contractor in Phoenix, AZ to install a whole-home surge protector. A surge protector monitors electrical spikes and discharges them into the ground before they enter your home. Surge protectors are installed by professionals at the phone box, cable box and electrical service panel.
What are the benefits of a surge protector?
Simply put, the benefit of a surge protector is a guarantee that appliances and devices in your home won’t be destroyed by a power surge. A whole-home surge protector usually costs less than $1,000. While that may seem a little steep, compare that to the price of replacing all of the electronic appliances in your home in the event of a power surge! You probably have $1,000 worth of electronics in your living room alone. It’s shortsighted to delay installing a whole-home surge protector.
Why do I need to maintain my surge protector?
Just like most things you own, your surge protector needs to be inspected and maintained by a professional at least once a year. One of our electricians can visit your home to inspect your surge protector to ensure it’s functioning as it should.
Eavenson Electric Co. is available around the clock to meet all of your electrical needs. In addition to surge protection maintenance, we offer a wide variety of residential electrical services. Call today to schedule an appointment!
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