What is a surge?

    A surge is a random high-energy voltage spike that sends an increased amount of voltage through your electrical system. Where do surges come from?

    20% External
    • Lightning
    • Downed power lines
    • Power company switching loads
    • Transformers or damaged lines
    80% Internal
    • Air Conditioner
    • Furnace
    • Garage doors
    • Faulty wiring
    • Any motor load turning on and off

    When an electrical surge happens, it can damage your appliances, outlets, and any electronic devices you have plugged into an outlet. Whole house surge protectors help to protect your home from electrical surges by diverting excess current to the ground wire. Electrical surges can be particularly dangerous because they can lead to electrical fires, so having a whole house surge protector professionally installed is important in keeping you and your property safe.

    To help keep your home safe from power surges, call Dawson’s Electric today!

    With so many different whole house surge protectors available on the market, it can be difficult to know which one would be the best fit for your home.

    However, there are a few good qualities you should consider when buying a surge protector:
    • Surge current rating.
    • UL certification.
    • Diagnostic LEDs.

    As with all electrical work, you should make sure that only certified professionals work on installing your whole house surge protector to make sure it’s installed safely and effectively. Call Dawson’s Electric today to find out more about our expert installation services!

    Although they may look similar, power strips and surge protectors have very different functions. Power strips plug into the wall and provide additional outlets for you to use. Surge protectors, however, protect your home appliances and electronic devices from electrical surges by directing the excess current to the ground wire.

    Questions about surge protectors? We can help! Call Dawson’s Electric and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

    How do surges harm your electrical system? Voltage surges and spikes damage equipment by delivering more voltage than electronics can handle similar to applying too much water pressure through a hose, the hose will burst. Surge protectors work by using special technology that turns on when a spike occurs to clamp the voltage and send it to the ground. Surge protection protects surges from entering your home and provides protection for your valuable protected equipment and electronics.

    Allow the professionals at Dawson's Electric to install surge protection on your home today. We install Eaton CHSP2 Ultra, which we consider to be the best product to protect your home and they even offer a supplement to your homeowner’s insurance. Call us today and we will install a surge protector at your panel to protect the life of your valuable equipment!

    Surge Protector
    Don’t take your energy for granted; if you are experiencing power outages due to power surges, contact Dawson's Electric today to keep your home or office as secure and enjoyable as possible. Call Dawson's Electric for an estimate today!
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