Power surges are random spikes in electrical energy. If surges are on the power grid, they can travel through the electrical systems and fry any appliances connected to the network. For a variety of reasons, the electrical supply in most locations often varies wildly, from lower than expected, to voltages much higher than you might imagine. These voltage transients or surges can reduce the life of many electrical products and appliances, and quickly damage others.
80% of all electrical surges come from household appliances. You are more likely to get your power grid blown out by using a hairdryer than a lightning strike.
Inconsistent voltages are most often caused by the sudden inrush of current required to feed air conditioners and other large appliances as they are switched on at intermittent intervals. Shop tools and nearby construction projects are other common causes for electrical transients. Surges from these can degrade the quality of other electric connections in your home, and shorten the lifespan significantly for your devices.
Electrical storms are another cause for these surges. Even without a direct strike, lightning can induce strong electrical surges in nearby electrical lines, sending these surges into our homes and businesses, wreaking havoc on valuable electronics and other sensitive electrical systems and devices.
Many of our electrical devices and appliances contain built-in surge control systems, but it’s difficult to know which of these are protected and which aren’t. Built-in surge protectors aren’t always robust enough to protect electronics from severe transient events, and many of these surge arresters have a limited life, breaking down over time after withstanding multiple surges.
Because of this, you need to prepare your home. Plugging your appliances into a surge protector offers very little help. Bryant Electric Service has the tools and know-how to surge-proof your home.
Whole House Surge Protectors
Whole house surge protectors allow good electricity from your utility provider to come in, while also preventing surges from inside your home. This regulation of good electricity offers superior surge protection for your whole house.
Bryant Electric Service works with Eaton Electrical, one of the biggest names in power grid safety. Together, they offer whole house surge protection, which can prevent surges before they reach your home.
The devices used to prevent whole house surges mount easily into your breaker box or inside the main panel in your home. The surge protector takes in the electricity and prevents it from going to your power grid.
Once the electricity is in the box, the protector puts it in the ground. The ground prevents electricity from affecting any electrical sources around it, making it a safe repository for any excess power.
Bryant Electric Service has installed Whole House Surge Protection for many of our clients. We have seen the results work hundreds of times. We want to bring that success to your home or business’s electrical grid.
A ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, can prevent electricity from leaking out of the wiring. A well designed GFCI can shut off the flow of electricity to the appliance and can be turned on with the press of a button.
GFCI, also known as Residual Current Devices (RCD), are required by law to be installed. You can find any compliant outlets by identifying a small hole beneath the two-pronged socket for appliances. Additionally, if you find a three-pronged outlet with two buttons in the middle, you are looking at a GFCI compliant outlet.
Call Bryant Electric Service at 512-328-3268 if you think you have non-compliant GFCI wall sockets. Our team of electricians can look at the system and install any needed GFCI components. Get up to code and help protect your home from surges.