Home Surge Protection
Need home surge protection in Alabama? Aux Home Services is here to help you out. Our licensed electricians have the tools and knowledge to keep your Birmingham, AL, home safe. Call us today to learn more about how we can assist with your electrical needs.
What Is a Power Surge and What Causes It?
A power surge is a rapid spike in voltage. It can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- Lightning strikes or downed power lines
- Poor wiring
- Shifts in voltage from the electricity coming into your home
- Surges from your appliances, such as your heating and cooling system, washer and dryer, and electric stove
Without adequate protection, power surges can damage your electronic appliances, as well as your outlets. This can have devastating consequences for Birmingham, AL, area homes and businesses.
In commercial and industrial settings, the downtime resulting from a surge costs $130,000 per event on average, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).
How Outdated Wiring Can Create Power Surges
Before the 1960s, copper was the most common material for household wiring. Aluminum wiring was widely used between the 60s and mid-70s when the price of copper increased, but copper became the preferred material again by the late 1970s.
If you have an older home with aluminum wiring, you may want to consider rewiring. Outdated wiring can become damaged and lead to power surges. Temperature changes cause aluminum wiring to easily lose its shape and structure. Aluminum wiring puts your home at greater risk of electrical fires and may even void your homeowner's insurance policy.
Does your Alabama home have outdated wiring? Call Aux Home Services to schedule an electrical inspection or replacement.
How Can I Protect My Home From Power Surges?
Fortunately, there are several ways you can prevent power surges from impacting your home. These three safety measures will protect your electronics and equipment:
Whole-House Surge Protectors
Whole-house surge protectors mount onto your circuit breaker. They are designed to protect your home from electrical voltage spikes and surges. If your whole-house surge protector detects an abnormality, it will divert the extra voltage safely into the ground. This protects your entire home, including your electronics, appliances, and wiring.
Surge-protecting outlets redirect energy into the ground via a designated circuit. This ensures the surges won't harm your electronic devices. However, they only offer protection to devices plugged into them.
If there are specific devices you'd like to protect, such as your television, these are the perfect solution. Additionally, they are relatively simple to install.
Plug-In Surge Protectors
This type of surge protector is portable and perfect for home offices, as well as media consoles. It is essentially a power strip with surge protection (but remember—not all power strips are surge protectors). Simply plug it into an outlet, and then plug your devices into the surge protector.
Choose Aux Home Services for Your Home Surge Protection and Electrical Needs
Our team has been serving Birmingham, AL, and its surrounding communities for years. Here's why our customers choose Aux Home Services for all home surge protection and electrical services:
The first rule is safety-your home electrical system must operate safely at all times. That's why we strictly adhere to all National Electrical Code (NEC) guidelines and ensure your home meets those standards. Additionally, our business is fully licensed, insured, and bonded.
Our licensed electricians are industry veterans. We have the skills, tools, and knowledge to deliver you only the highest quality craftsmanship, no matter how large or small the job. If you're not satisfied with our work for any reason, we'll remedy it at no charge.
Excellent Customer Service
We give our customers the same courtesy that we'd give to a friend or family member. We're grateful for your business, and we want to be a contractor you can rely on for life.