Does Your Home Have Adequate Lightning Protection?

Does Your Home Have Adequate Lightning Protection?

Ever noticed your lights quickly dimming before returning to the bright light you’re used to? Ever have the electricity flicker on and off so fast, you weren’t sure if it happened?

Dangerous power surges happen all year long.

Nearly every electrical device and appliance in your home use sensitive components for operation. And although you aren’t aware of it, hundreds of short volt surges occur in your wiring every day. Some of these short bursts can reach as high as 5,000 volts.

Even if none of these surges reaches the point of destroying your electronics, these frequent surges can slowly break down the wiring insulation. The weaker it gets, the less protection it provides your electronic gear. This means faulty operation and premature device failure.

Many homeowners believe that adequate surge protection begins and ends with plugging their computer into a power strip. Unfortunately, that’s seldom the case. Purchasing surge protector strips and small plug-in surge protectors can’t provide adequate protection to all of your devices. Appliances like heating and AC units can’t be used with these simple plug-in devices.

Not all surge protectors live up to their name; some are little more than glorified extension cords. In some cases, failure can be caused by an indirect strike to a utility line or pole even from as far aways as a couple of miles. When lightning strikes, it travels and charges the wire, which follows a path and enters your home.

Full protection means whole house lightning and surge protection.

It means surge protection installed on your main electrical panel to provide whole house protection for electronics, appliances, alarm systems and television equipment. It means lightning protection rods and grounding to protect your home from direct lightning hits.

Have questions about how lightning protection can help keep your home safe all year long? Give us a call today.

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