Whole House Surge Protection
Every home should have a whole house surge protector. This device will divert the surge to ground before it reaches your appliance if a surge of power comes into the electrical panel, this protecting the appliance from being destroyed and possibly starting a fire. However it is important to know the limitations of these protectors.
Surges, also known as transient surges or spikes, are momentary increases in ordinary household voltage. They occur over 2,000 times a year in the average home. Surges can be generated externally and internally. Lightning storms, accidents and Utility power station switching can generate significant transient events. Home appliances such as furnaces, air conditioners, washers and dryers can also generate surges that travel back to the breaker panel and throughout your home.
Many Western Washington State homeowners have surge protectors connected to one or two appliances or electronics. These are usually bars with a reset switch and room for four or five plugs. The bar plugs into an electrical outlet. When too much power comes through the outlet, the bar automatically clicks off protecting the appliances that are plugged into it. However, these are for one outlet only and only for the specific items connected to the bar. Having whole house surge protection does not mean having one of these devices attached to every outlet in your home.
With proper surge protection for the whole house, you need a protector that is wired into your electrical panel. These devices are readily available to a professional King, Thurston,Mason,Lewis and Pierce County electrician, they will be able to get one for you from the company that sells electrical supplies to these professionals.
Installing such a system in your home is an inexpensive Insurance Policy. Also, it will give you peace of mind that your home and family have the protection they need.
Protect Your Electronics
Today’s sophisticated electronic homes are more vulnerable than ever to fluctuations in the electric power supply. Although Washington State Power Companies provide clean, quality power, surges can happen. Damaging surges can enter your home through phone lines, cable or satellite TV hardware, and through the power lines. Surges can also occur when large appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners and microwave ovens cycle on and off. To protect your valuable electronics and appliances, Hi Amp Electric has access to a full line of surge suppression products.
A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) system may be necessary to provide temporary backup power to such things as cash registers or computer systems. A UPS also provides protection against power spikes, surges, sags and other subtle conditions that may not be noticeable.
Residential Surge Suppressors are the first line of defense against damaging electrical surges and spikes that originate outside your home. They are installed by an electrician at your circuit breaker panel and safely reduce the severity of power transients caused by utility accidents, power outages and lightning.
Commercial/Industrial Surge Suppressors provide protection for your commercial facility, industrial building and data center from damaging power surges and spikes. These TVSS (transient voltage surge suppressor) units can be installed at your service entrance and electrical panels throughout your facility. They protect against severe voltage spikes caused by lighting and utility accidents, as well as smaller, far more frequent surges caused by normal everyday operation of motors, pumps and other large equipment inside your facility. They come in modular (replaceable surge suppression modules) and nonmodular designs, and feature the latest industry approvals and safety ratings.
Hi Amp Electric provides installation or replacement for all types of surge protectors in these areas: South King County, Pierce County, Thurston County, Mason County, Lewis County, Seattle, Sea-Tac, Burien, Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, Covington, Sumner, Pacific, Gig Harbor
Algona, Maple Vally, Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Orting, Buckley, Ruston, Milton, Fife, Puyallup, Eatonville, Lake Tapps, Edgewood
Elbe, Ashford, Morton, Steilacoom, DuPont, Lakewood, University Place, Tacoma, Parkland, Spanaway, Graham, Roy, Mckenna,
Yelm, Nisqually, Rainier, Tenino, Bucoda, Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Shelton, Centralia, Chehalis.