What Are Power (Voltage) Surges?
A power surge is one form of electrical power disturbance. There are four main types of power disturbances: Power surges are generally considered to be the most destructive of the four types of electrical power disturbances. Power surges are spikes in voltage. They are very brief, usually lasting millionths of a second. Power surges can vary in duration and magnitude, varying from a few hundred volts to several thousand volts. No matter where you live, your home experiences power surges.
Whether it’s due to thunderstorms in the spring, ice storms in the winter, or blazing heat and power distribution regulation in the summer, the electricity supplied to your home can be unstable at times. This makes your home vulnerable to power surges.
Wondering why that expensive new DVD player mysteriously stopped working? The culprit might be a power surge. A power surge can enter the home, fry the circuit breaker and spread to various outlets in the house. If an appliance is plugged directly into the electrical system, it may not survive the sudden burst of electricity. Surges can also originate inside your house and potentially burn out anything that’s plugged in, from your computer to your television to even your refrigerator. In order to protect your valuable electronics and appliances, make sure you understand what a surge is and how you can limit the damage.
What causes a power surge?
Surges happen for lots of reasons: weather conditions, transformer problems, the sudden return of power after an outage. Lightning is a prime culprit, so be especially wary during a thunderstorm. But surges can be unpredictable — you never know when an unexpected disruption will hit the power grid. Lights flickering on and off is a sign of a power surge. Also look for electronics that have been reset, such as a microwave clock flashing “12:00.” If you live in an area with frequent blackouts, you may be especially vulnerable.
If you have a lot of appliances running at once, you can actually increase your chance of having a surge. When high-powered electrical devices such as AC units and refrigerators are working at peak capacity, it takes a lot of energy to keep their motors and compressors going. This high demand can upset the steady voltage flow through your electrical system.
What appliances are at risk?
Anything motor-driven is particularly vulnerable to damage from voltage changes. And modern electronics that rely on microprocessors, like computers, microwaves, TVs and DVD players need a stable supply of electric current at the proper voltage to work properly. Even your biggest-ticket items, such as your air conditioner, refrigerator, washer and dryer can be at risk.
How can I protect myself from power surges?
- The easiest step is to buy surge protectors. These devices, which resemble power strips, work automatically to divert extra electricity to each outlet’s grounding wire and help protect your appliances. Home computers, media units, land-line telephones, cable lines and motorized appliances can all benefit from surge protectors, though experts still recommend using A whole house Central Stabilizer. You should also unplug your important appliances during a power outage. There is often a surge when the electricity comes back on.
- Preventing power surge damage has traditionally been left to the consumer to guess what to do. Do you buy numerous surge protectors and power strips? Do you spend time running around the house during a lightning storm unplugging everything in sight, while putting yourself at risk for electrical shock? Or, do you rely on your homeowner’s insurance policy to cover any power surge losses that may occur? Now there is no need to worry, you can protect your investments by preventing power surge damage with A&E Dunamis Servo Technology Central Stabilizer, the heart of industrial protection for your home. There are features not seen in the marketplace until now, creating a main zone of protection and acts as your first line of defense while stopping power surges before they can enter the house through the transmission lines. As the main line of defense, a A&E Dunamis Servo Technology Central Stabilizer prevents high-energy power surges from ever entering into your home and protects your electrical panel, motor-driven, and other AC-powered appliances in your home against power surge damage.
- While this is not a one-unit, full coverage surge protector, as there are many ways in which you can receive a surge, you can be confident that your electrical panel and most electrical items in your house are covered. If you would like more information on how to protect your house from power surges, ask A&E Dunamis service professional.