We can supply and install surge protection devices such as, surge arrestors, safety switches and UPS (Unlimited Power Supply) devices – to help you avoid suffering ‘burnt out’ appliances or crashed computers.
Power surges can take a huge toll on modern day appliances, destroying sensitive and expensive equipment without warning.
So, if you have electronic devices, appliances, or equipment that you want to protect, make sure you utilize some form of surge protection.
The following is a quick look at power surges, and how best to prevent your home or business electrical items from being damaged.
What is a power surge?
A power surge is what happens when there’s a sudden increase in the amount of power in the electrical system.
One common cause is the use of high-powered items being used infrequently e.g. a spa, or a heavy duty workshop item. Other means of causing a power surge include faulty wiring, downed power lines, or lightning strikes.
Protecting your electrical items from power surges is often done by way of a simple surge protector that you plug into your electrical outlet. If the power levels spike about a level deemed acceptable, the surge protector diverts the excess energy into its grounding wire. This is your best minimum protection for individual or groups of items.
But the better way to protect your electrical items is to have a surge arrestor installed to protect all of the circuits in your entire building.
The surge arrestor installation is done at the switchboard, and protects you against surges in power, usually up to around 6000 volts. Higher rated systems are also available if required e.g. commercial situations.
Unplug items if applicable
Of course the alternative way to protect against power surges is to unplug your appliances whenever they are not in use !
No power surge can damage an appliance that isn’t plugged in, and it is also a smart move for conserving energy as well as staying safe. This is not always practical of course – but it is an option.
Why we are so vulnerable
Most modern equipment (computers etc), and appliances – rely on electronics to function, and they need a steady rate of power to be able to operate effectively – which makes them extremely vulnerable to damage from power surges.
So please take surge protection installation into consideration – for the sake of your existing electrical items, and before you start using that new computer, appliance, or equipment item.
Please contact us today for further info and pricing – by phone, enquiry form, or email.
Electrical Safety Service
Our comprehensive Electrical Safety Inspection – performed by a qualified electrician, are strongly recommended to evaluate the condition of your electrical system as appropriate – especially if:
- Your house is more than 25 years old and has not had an inspection.
- You have old wiring in your house.
- You have any concerns about equipment that has been operating erratically, especially if appliances are more than 5 years old.
- You are planning to invest in upgrading your system – per renovations, or the addition of items such as a swimming pool equipment or solar power
- You are selling your property – providing reassurance prospective purchasers