Imagine this troubling scenario: In the midst of a raging storm, lightning strikes your home, sending a powerful surge of electricity that travels through your home, frying sensitive electronics such as computers, televisions, refrigerators, washers and dryers, and many more.
Could it have been prevented? Most likely, yes! You may think you’re protected with the many power strips you have in your home, but you’re not. The only way to truly protect all the valuables you have in your home is with whole-house surge protection by Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric.
Many power strips are little more than extension cords, offering little in the way of true protection from dangerous power spikes. Most of today’s electronics and appliances are extremely vulnerable to surges and can cost thousands and thousands of dollars to replace.
Looking to protect your home’s appliances and electrical systems? Contact Lighten Up to schedule whole-home surge protection “near me” in Fort Collins!
Power Surges in Fort Collins
Most power surges are relatively minor, lasting for a fraction of a second and leaving no permanent damage. However, every once in awhile, when conditions are just right, a powerful surge can send tens of thousands of volts through your home. Lightning and downed power lines are the chief sources of these major surges, but sudden changes in electricity use by nearby factories, and even routine cycling of appliances in the home, can also sometimes be the cause.
Whole-House Surge Protection Benefits
As the sophistication of today’s electronics has increased, so has the need for true protection against power surges. Any wave of voltage can cause irreparable damage—major surges can even result in electrical fires. But you can substantially reduce the risk of damage by having a whole-house surge protector installed in your home.
- These state-of-the-art surge protection systems will protect your delicate electronics and minimize the chances of a fire. You’ll have the peace of mind knowing that even if you are out of town you’ll be protected should your home experience a powerful surge.
- In addition, a whole-house surge protector will add value to your home as well. Any potential homebuyer will be even more attracted to your house when you have this invaluable device installed.
- Whole-house surge protectors are reliable and inexpensive, made to fit nearly any budget.
Give us a call at Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric to learn more about whole-house surge protectors. We can come to your home and help you determine exactly which kind is right for you.
How Does a Whole-Home Surge Protector Work?
It’s easiest to think of a whole-home surge protector as a type of diverter rather than a hard stop. This is because anything that tried to aggressively halt a power surge would likely be damaged, including both the protector and your home. When operating, a surge protector monitors the voltage moving into your home, and allows things to flow as normal. If a transient voltage that exceeds the set safe parameters comes into contact with the protector, the protector will divert this surge away from your home, appliances, and electrical systems by pathing it safely to a ground.
Most common whole-home systems are directly integrated with your main service panel, though there are also exterior models and ones that connect to your power meter. From here it has the ability to keep track of all voltages moving into your home and will be able to handle any issues that may arise. Whole-home surge protectors are useful for blocking all common sources of excessive transient voltage, including:
- Surges from storms and lightning strikes
- Surges caused by downed power lines
- Surges caused by heavy appliance cycling (HVAC systems, hair dryers, vacuums)
Contact Lighten Up for Home Surge Protector Services in Fort Collins, CO
Whether you’re ready to install a surge protection system for your home or you’re looking to find out more from a trained and certified local Colorado electrician, Lighten Up is ready to help. Our service team always puts your needs first by offering superior, customer-focused services and products, so never hesitate to reach out when you’re looking for the best electrician in Fort Collins!
Schedule service with Lighten Up online, or call 970.230.3100 for surge protection services in Fort Collins, Loveland, or Greeley, CO!