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What is a Power Surge?

Cleveland Whole House Surge ProtectionA power surge, also called transient voltage, is simply an unexpected increase in voltage. If strong enough, it can damage or even destroy electronic devices in your home. Most power surges come from inside the home. Large appliances like air conditioners, furnaces, washers and dryers, and power tools are responsible for the majority of large power fluctuations. The main source of outside power surges are lightning strikes and power grid changes.

When the electrical current passes through an electrical device and exceeds its operating range, an electrical arc and heat can destroy the electrical wiring and components. Even small electrical surges can gradually damage electronic equipment over time.

Preventing Power Surge Damage

Inexpensive power strip surge protectors are design to protect point-of-use devices. They don't actually arrest a surge, instead they divert the surge to a ground. This type of surge protector usually has an indicator light or alarm that activates when it is in need of replacement.

Whole Home Surge Protection

Whole home surge protection, also called service entrance surge protection, is mounted near the main electrical service panel. Importantly, these devices protect components that cannot be attached to a point-of-use device, like outlets and light switches. They can also handle much larger voltage changes than most power strip surge protectors.  Because no surge protection system can protect your home from a direct lightning strike, it's a good practice to unplug electronics when an electrical storm is in the area.

Have questions about protecting your home from damaging power surges? Call Clover Electric. We're the Cleveland areas electrical safety experts.

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Cleveland Electrical Services

Clover Electric is known for professionalism, performance and integrity. Make your home a safer and more pleasant place to live with electrical systems you can rely upon. Some of our services include:

  • Commercial Tenant Improvements
  • Code Compliance
  • Inspection Report Corrections

In And Around The Home

  • Electrical Service and Repair
  • Add New Outlets/Switches
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bath Fan/Heat Light Combination
  • Heated Towel Bar
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Fixture Hanging
  • New Dryer Hook-Ups
  • New Spa/Pool Hook-Ups and Lighting
  • Data/Communications Setup
  • Cable Hook-Ups
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controllers
  • Programmable Lighting
  • Motion Sensor Lighting
  • Dimmer Switches
  • Exhaust Fans
  • G.F.C.I. Outlet Installations
  • Re-wiring
  • Service Upgrades
  • Old Panel Replacements
  • New Circuits
  • Dedicated Computer Circuits
  • House Grounding
  • Whole House Surge Protection
  • Transformers
  • 220V-240V Upgrades
  • Whole House Back Up Generators
  • Breakers & Fuses
  • Meter Boxes
  • Panel Repairs and Upgrades
  • Equipment Installations
  • Security Lighting
  • Dawn to Dusk Lighting
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Heat Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Surge Protectors
  • Low Voltage Lighting Systems
  • Motorized Shades
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Yard Lighting
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