A spike is any voltage above a normal operating range from the power supply that can damage your electronics, appliances, and light bulbs.
Can a spike damage my electronics, light bulbs, and appliances? YES
Can a spike shorten the life of my electronics, light bulbs, and appliances? YES
Can controlling spikes with a SURGE SUPPRESSOR lengthen the life of my electronics, appliances, and light bulbs? YES
Are SURGE SUPRESSORS expensive? That is a two-fold question. It depends on the level of protection required for your equipment and electrical system. Residential surge suppressors offer a very cost effective line of protection from spring storm surges.
Wow! What awesome storms came through yesterday! Lightning, strong winds, and torrential rains! The three major elements that cause electrical surges that damage appliances and electronics, and can cause electrical fires. These surges can come from fallen power lines or lightning strikes. Surges can even come from incidences that happen five to six miles from your home! These surges, or spikes, in electrical currents can immediately destroy your electrical appliances, electronics, and light bulbs. At a minimum the spikes shorten the life of these items and cause them to fail much quicker than they would normally. Electrical surges can also occur within your home due to faulty appliances. These faulty appliances will continually send surges throughout your electrical system that can in turn damage your other electronic appliances.
One way to protect your entire home from these surges is with the use of self-contained transient voltage surge suppressors that monitor your incoming power and have the ability to condition your power. They remove the spikes from outside sources, therefore protecting and extending the life of everything on the load side of the connection.
The second best choice is a surge suppression breaker. This would be installed on the main breaker panel, which also protects everything downline.
The third best is a surge suppressor receptacle that protects the electrical equipment plugged into it and many of the items on the same circuit, depending on where the spike occurs. This is helpful for a spike produced on a particular circuit by a bad appliance.
Whichever method of protection you choose, it’s wise to invest in prevention and safety. Call Aspire Electric to help you protect your home.