Each year it is estimated that surges cause $26 billion in lost time, repairs and equipment.
What is a Surge?
A surge is a momentary spike in voltage that can compromise and destroy the electronic equipment in your home.
Spikes can range from hundreds to thousands of volts, but damage occurs when the spike is above an appliance's normal operating voltage.
What Causes Surges?
Surges arise 80 per cent inside the house. This is attributed to the the use of heavy duty electrical devices like space heaters, fridges and air conditioners.
Only 20 per cent of surges can be attributed to external factors such as lightning strikes, disturbance due to utility switching.
What is the Solution?
Birnie HOME SAFE offers, Whole Home Surge Protection, a comprehensive system that ensures that all possible entry points are monitored and subsequently prevent the occurrence of a surge, this includes:
Surge protection at the meter: Installed at the line-side of the main electrical service entrance, this device protects the homes against external transient surges that enter through the home’s service entrance.
Surge protection at the panel: A surge protection device installed in the main panel will divert the initial spike in voltage to ground and away from the electrical system. The device is mounted to the load side of the panel and serves to protect your home against residual external power disturbances and internally generated power surges.
Surge Protection at the device: Point-of-use surge strips are the last line of defense against surges, your sensitive electronics are plugged into this strip. A surge protection strip is not to be confused with a power bar. They are two completely different devices. A power bar/strip is essentially an extension cord with extra outlets.
** Please note, existing electrical issues or hazards, in the home, may warrant the need of a full-day electrical inspection with subsequent repairs.