Do I Really Need Surge Protectors?

Posted on: January 23, 2015

surgeprotectionclearwaterAs a Clearwater electrical company, one of the most commonly asked questions we get is, “Do I really need surge protectors?” And our answer is always a resounding yes! There is a common misconception that surge protectors and power strips serve the same function, which is why many homeowners don’t see why they are so important. Not only will they allow you to plug more than one device into an outlet, but they will also protect your devices, should your home ever experience a power surge.

How Do They Work?

A power surge occurs when there is a spike in the amount of power in your home. They can be caused by everything from turning on a large appliance with faulty wiring to a lightning strike. Normal Clearwater homes are designed to be able to handle 120 volts of electricity. So, if there is a surge and the voltage goes higher than that, unprotected appliances will be in danger. However, if the appliances are plugged into a surge protector, the excess energy will be absorbed before it can cause any damage.

Why Should I Get One?

As a local Clearwater electrical company, we want all of our customers (and their appliances) to be safe. With the help of a surge protector, not only will your appliances be safe, but your home will have a lower risk of an electrical fire starting. The protectors will switch the power off, long before any outlet gets hot enough to catch on fire.

Our home state of Florida is the lightning capital of the United States, with the Tampa Bay area sitting right in the center of the high-risk zone. If your home is struck by lightning, there is a good chance that your new flat screen television or computer will not survive, and many warranties do not cover lightning strikes.

How to Get Started

If your home is unprotected from power surges, it is only a matter of time until one of your appliances is fried. At Midway Services, we are the best local electrical company here in Clearwater. We can help make sure your home is fully protected and up to date with the latest materials. We offer both individual surge protectors, along with whole home protection, and we can help you decide which is best for you.

Don’t wait any longer- call Midway Services today to get started.