There is a lot that can go wrong with electricity and one of the most common problems is a power surge. This unexpected increase in voltage can damage or even destroy electronic devices and appliances, and the source of a power surge can come from inside the home as well as from outside of it. With such exposure to possible damages, you might be wondering how to deal with frequent power surges. Well, your friends here at Neighborhood Electric are ready to help. We offer professional electrical services and are happy to provide a consultation, but we also love to share what we know. Without further delay, here are some ways to deal with frequent power surges.
Unplug Unused Devices and Appliances
This is a free and effective way to eliminate the risk of power surge damage. Unplug unused devices and appliances, especially during a storm. Take a look around your home. You will likely spot multiple devices that are plugged in but not in use. These include items such as the toaster, coffee maker, hair dryer, phone chargers, and more. Unplugging these devices prevent damage from a power surge, but it can also reduce energy consumption and electricity costs. Thats bringing down two birds with one stone.
Inspect Your Wiring
How old is your electrical wiring? If you live in an old home, then there is a good chance the wiring is old and outdated. Such wiring can fall into disrepair and are more vulnerable to power surges. Even newer homes can have damaged wiring. Schedule an annual or biennial inspection to be sure that your wiring is in good condition. It is also a good idea to arrange an urgent inspection if you experience frequent electrical issues such as flickering lights, noises from wiring, and power surges.
There are power surge protectors that you can plug in expensive and sensitive electronics, such as computers and televisions. There are even appliance-grade surge protectors for your homes refrigerator, washer and dryer, air conditioning unit, and more. These products are available as power strips that allow multiple devices and appliances to be plugged into one outlet, saving outlet space and protecting against power surges at the same time.
Install A Whole-Home Surge Protector
Having cables and power strips running throughout your rooms and home can be dangerous and unsightly. Tripping over one of these can damage your devices and harm you. Of course, these cables cause clutter as well. A whole-home surge protector is installed at the circuit breaker box and protects your homes entire electrical system from surges, all without troublesome wires running around the place.
Install High-Efficiency Appliances
As we mentioned earlier, power surges can be caused from inside of the home as well as outside of the home. A lighting strike can flood your electrical system with extreme voltage but so can appliances. More efficient appliances such as an air conditioner will cut down the risk of voltage spikes while saving money on energy bills.
Call Neighborhood Electric
Are you worried about a power surge? Call Neighborhood Electric to get certified electricians and schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an emergency dispatch today.