As summer reaches its peak, we hope that everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and staying cool. We also want to remind our customers that your home can be vulnerable to blackouts. The summer months of July, August and September are often referred to as the “blackout season” for many cities and towns across Massachusetts and New Hampshire. According to the Energy Information Administration, “electrical power outages and surges bring more than $150 billion in annual damages to the U.S. economy.” A whole-home generator will keep your power running – but how do you “protect” your devices? Invest in a whole-home power surge protector.
What is a Power Surge?
A power surge is a spike in your home’s electrical current that causes an increase in electrical potential energy, which can cause damage to your wall outlet and your electronics. The most common source of power surges is from lightning striking a nearby power line or a cloud to ground strike. Another source of power surges comes from turning on air conditioners, televisions, computers and other electronic devices that require a large amount of energy.
How does a Whole-Home Power Surge Protector Help my Home?
The average home in America is filled with more electronics than any generation before us and between the televisions, phone chargers, laptops to refrigerators, your home depends on electricity. Whole-home power surge protectors work a lot like the small surge protectors you use already; it will channel the spike of energy away from your electronic devices. These whole-home surge protectors are made with metal oxide varistors (MOVs) to control the electrical energy and contain it before the electricity moves throughout your home. Whole-home surge protectors are affordable and typically wired directly to the electric service box.
Hurricane season is just around the corner – prepare now for the wild weather it will soon bring to New England. If you have any questions about whole home power surge protectors, contact Nashoba Air & BoilerWorks today at (978) 486-0600.