Don’t Let Lightning Strikes or Downed Power Lines Knock You Offline
Ever notice how your lights may dim or flicker when you turn on a window AC or other energy-gobbling appliance? That’s actually a small, internal power surge briefly disrupting your electrical system. For a fraction of a second, the outlet feeding that appliance sucks up power before your system corrects itself.
Power surges like this occur all the time. On their own, they’re typically not big enough to cause any serious damage. External power surges, though? That’s another matter.
A downed powerline, a switch in the grid at your electrical utility or a lightning strike can redirect thousands or even millions of volts into your home. All that power can fry any unprotected outlets, appliances, fixtures and electrical panels in your home. Fortunately, some simple preventative steps can protect you from these worst-case scenarios.
MorLite offers whole house surge protection. For a fraction of the cost of replacing your computers, HVAC system, appliances and fixtures, we can hardwire a power surge protector into your electrical panel. This will safeguard your home from those massive power spikes originating from outside your property.
Some homeowners or businesses may feel tempted to rely on power strip surge protectors to guard their electronics. This is at best a half measure. Many power strips are really glorified extension cords that offer minimal protection. Even if you’re using a good one, that leaves your outlets and lighting fixtures unprotected. Major appliances such as dryers and electric ranges would likely be exposed as well.
We strongly encourage homeowners around Hampton, VA, to take preventative measures against power surges. We’ve seen too many cases of people facing serious property damage. Even if your insurance plan covers much of the damage—and not all insurance plans will—the one-time investment in a power surge protector is worth avoiding the inconvenience of grappling with claims adjusters, replacing appliances and trying to restore lost data from your hard drives.
MorLite’s seasoned electricians can’t recommend whole house surge protection enough. We install devices into electrical panels that block massive spikes in energy from storming into homes and frying electronics and appliances. To get started, request an appointment through our website or call us at 757.814.1979.