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It's easy and smart to protect your home from electrical surges. Here's how you can make sure your property isn't in danger.

If you've been busy exploring Southport homes for sale or you've finally found your dream home, you'll be looking forward to moving in and getting settled. As you start setting up your electronics and appliances, you might wonder whether you should be taking steps to protect them. After all, the Southport area experiences many thunderstorms, and it only takes one lighting strike to damage your devices.

Other things, like a downed power line or even your appliances turning on and off, can cause power surges. The good news is, you can protect your home by using a three-phase protection plan. This includes a whole-house surge protector, an external surge protector, and strip surge protectors. Here's a closer look at each one.

1. Whole-House Surge Protector

A whole-house surge protector works like a filter, allowing "safe" electrical currents in while blocking irregular voltage so it can't impact your power utilities. This device is installed at your home's circuit breaker panel and it protects against internal surges.

This is important because major appliances cycling on and off account for 60% to 80% of home power surges. These low-level surges often go unnoticed. However, they can degrade the circuitry of your expensive electrical devices, eventually causing them to burn out.

A professionally installed whole-house surge protector is a bit of an investment. However, it's well worth the cost if you consider how much you've spent on your television, kitchen appliances, computers, and other items that are generally plugged into your home's electrical outlets.

2. External Surge Protector

An external surge protector blocks approximately 80% of external surges. It serves as the first line of defense against huge power spikes that come down the power grid. This will protect your home from lightning strikes and problems that can arise from power station maintenance and power line issues.

External surge protectors are installed where the utility company's supply meets the main breaker. These require professional installation by a skilled electrician.

3. Strip Surge Protectors

Most homeowners are already familiar with strip surge protectors. These outlet strips are plugged into your home's outlets and add a layer of separation between the electrical outlet and your expensive electrical devices.

Strip surge protectors are relatively inexpensive, making them a very smart purchase for your home. However, it's important to note that without the first two types of surge protectors in place, strip protectors only offer minimal protection. This is why it's best to fully protect your home with the entire three-phase system.

More Ways to Protect Your Home

Installing a surge protection system is an excellent way to protect your home and your expensive appliances and electronics. However, the necessary precautions don't stop there. For ultimate protection, follow these tips as well:

  • Use the correct wattage bulbs in all your fixtures and appliances
  • Don't overload your electrical outlets
  • Replace or repair damaged electrical cords
  • Unplug unused appliances to reduce potential risks
  • Keep electrical devices and outlets away from water
  • Give appliances proper space for air circulation to avoid overheating
  • Keep your exhaust fans clean to prevent fire hazards

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