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Why Surge Protectors Are Important for Keeping Your Home Safe

A power surge happens when there is a short-term spike in the electrical current running through an outlet. The purpose of surge protectors is to detect excess voltage and direct the additional electricity into the grounding wire. The traditional voltage for homes and offices is around 120 volts, so if the power surpasses this amount it is deemed a power surge. There are many reasons that an electrical surge can occur, besides lightning. One example is the turning on and off of appliances that use lots of energy, such as refrigerators, furnace, and air conditioning. Other culprits are faulty wiring, short circuits in your wiring system, and tripped circuit breakers.

When there is a sudden overabundance of electricity, it causes a flow of excessive heat which can burn the components and the wiring of whatever device is connected to the outlet. Not only could your appliances be permanently ruined, but it can cause fires to spark too. Power surges have been liable for the destruction of homes and appliances, as well as some structural fires. To keep your family and property free from danger and protected from surges, you need to invest in surge protectors. They are even more necessary in today’s world of technology, because current devices are more sensitive to surges than in previous generations. All of your expensive microprocessors, like your television, computer, and media centers, should be plugged into surge protectors. Without them, you are opening up your home to the potential for costly damage.

Surges in power are a serious and potentially costly problem. For the safety of your family, your home needs a surge protector. However, it is important to not buy one that is poor in quality, as they can be equivalent to having no protection at all. When you are searching make sure that you are looking for surge protectors and not just power strips. Power strips merely offer additional outlet space but do nothing in the way of keeping you safe. You should also ensure that the product is labelled with a UL seal. Underwriters’ Laboratories test the capabilities of each surge protection device to see if it meets the minimal quality and safety standards. UL designates all of the passing protectors as “transient voltage surge suppressor” on the label, so specifically check for this. To keep your belongings and loved ones safe, you need to have surge protectors in your home.

If you are looking for an electrical contractor in the Tri-State area, you need someone you can trust. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a family owned business built on hard work and honesty. We care about resolving the electrical issues of our customers, as we put your safety and happiness above everything else. We take the time to find and fix the true source of the problem, unlike other electricians that may just quickly patch up a symptom of the issue. We are located in Walton, KY to proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. If you need a local electrician, call us today.

 

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Should I Upgrade Electrical Wiring In My Home?

upgrade electrical wiringWe often are asked, “Should I upgrade electrical wiring in my home?” Many people who are looking at a house to buy or who live in an older house ask this question.   If you have older wiring, or you buy a house built in the 60’s or 70’s it may be a question you should be asking because your safety may be at risk. Also if you notice problems with your electricity, you should have a licensed electrician in Northern Kentucky look over your electrical system for any potential problems.  There are many reasons to get electrical upgrades.  Here are just a few:

Safety Concerns

Many of the reasons to upgrade electrical wiring revolve around safety concerns. If you have problems with circuit breakers tripping, you probably have a bad connection somewhere that needs addressed. Likewise, if you have multiple power strips in your home because you don’t have enough outlets, you could be creating a fire hazard. Homes built between 1960 and 1975 may be wired with aluminum wiring which can oxidize over time and create another fire hazard. These are some of the reasons why you should upgrade electrical wiring.

New Appliances

When you purchase a new appliance, you may need to upgrade electrical wiring to accommodate the new appliance. This is especially true when switching from gas to electric appliances in your kitchen. Many new appliances require heavier gauge wiring and a dedicated circuit breaker. You should never attempt to run a new appliance on insufficient electricity. This is unsafe for the appliance and also can be hazardous.

Surge Protectors

If you notice your lights flickering during a storm, this could be an indication you need better surge protection. Surge protectors can be included in your outlet strip or you can install a surge protector that works at the source of electricity for a whole house affect. Most electrical appliances can handle small surges that are considered normal. Large surges however can ruin appliances and electronics and have the potential to be unsafe.

Help To Upgrade Electrical Wiring In Your Home

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a licensed and insured electrical contractor who can help you upgrade your electrical system. We are experienced and trustworthy. Contact us today to answer any questions you have or schedule a estimate for electrical upgrades. We service Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky area.

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