Electrical Surges and Spikes – They are NOT your friend!
Surges and spikes are simply an abnormal fluctuation in the electrical system. What do you think of when you hear surges and spikes? The number one answer I get to this question almost always relates to lightning strikes. Yes, lightning strikes do create surges and spikes and can send them through your electrical system from miles away. But how many lightning related surges and spikes do you really get? Not many. The surges and spikes we really need to be concerned about are the ones that come from the electric lines into our electrical system. Your electricity is generated most times from far away and the electricity is delivered at very high voltages, then stepped down by transformers to be delivered at the voltage you need. Unfortunately the power companies are not generating electricity just for you, they are generating for many different homes and businesses. These other customers that are sharing the same utility lines are producing these surges and spikes and sending them right to your electrical system. The fact is, you’re averaging about 2,000 surges and spikes per year which means your electrical system is getting hit a few times per day.
Surges and spikes are created when items that consume a lot of electricity start up. These can be large motors from nearby manufacturing facilities, utility station power switching, and many other scenarios that generate surges and spikes delivered to your electrical system. There are other surges and spikes that are much smaller but occur more frequently. These are actually being created internally by your home or business. High amperage devices that cycle on and off are creating these internal surges and spikes. For example, a vacuum cleaner is a high amp device; a hair dryer, dryer, washing machine, central air conditioning and furnaces to name a few. All of these devices create small surges and spikes when the power cycles on and off.
Do you know what surges and spikes are actually doing to your electrical system when left unprotected? Since most surges and spikes are not very large, it is hard to notice what’s really going on. Any device that has a micro chip built into it is going to be sensitive to surges and spikes. This is why we put surge protection at our computer and other electronic devices. So that means we’re covered, right? NO. Think about your appliances like your microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, washer, and dryer that you don’t have a surge strip for. All of these devices now have micro chips in them too! And to top it off, most all of these appliance warranties cover everything EXCEPT surges and spikes! They already know your getting hit everyday and until something is done about it, your not covered.
Now I’d like to talk about installing whole house surge protection. The importance of this is evident and electronic equipment left unprotected develop what I refer to as electronic rust that in time creates premature failure to your devices. Whole house surge protection is the answer to this issue and by installing this in your home or business, you are also getting a warranty on your electronic equipment, including your appliances for surge and spike protection. The product that I recommend offers one of the best warranties around and protects you for 10 years and up to $25,000 worth of damage. That’s very impressive and for more information, click this link for a product that works: Monyer Electric PFC Products(Equipment Protection)