Protecting Your Home From Lightning and Electrical Surges
The Houston area is more than familiar with nature’s light show as it flashes across the sky. The Space City’s recent storms more than prove how important surge protection in your home can be.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, over $800 million in lightning claims was paid out to property owners in 2016. Many claims due to lightning are caused by electrical surges.
What are electrical surges and how harmful are they?
An electrical surge happens when voltages go above the normal voltage a home typically experiences. It can also happen when your home’s electrical system isn’t adequately designed to handle certain spikes. Traditional surge protection and grounding products don’t offer adequate protection against lightning.
At a minimum, these surges can cause damage to your electronics, computer-controlled switches and outlets, and appliances. But, at their worse, they can cause a fire in your home and place the lives of your family at jeopardy.
Just about any device that’s integral to the operation of your home is at risk. This includes your electrical and heating equipment, refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, security systems, computers, and more. It may interest you to know that lightning doesn’t even have to strike your home directly to cause damage.
How can I protect my home against lightning and electrical surges?
First, you need to seek the help of a highly qualified and experienced licensed electrician who can offer you the best electrical solution for your home.
If you’re a Houston resident or live anywhere in Texas, you likely understand how volatile our weather can get. Lightning strikes, electrical surges created by our fragile infrastructure, and even factors like flooding and high winds that affect power lines and transformers can all create damaging electrical spikes.
While the weather and other factors are outside of your control, it’s within your control to be proactive against potential dangers.
The primary solution to protect your home is through installation of strategically-placed surge-protecting isolators. These are commonly placed between your home’s meter and the power line coming to your home. Another isolator should be placed at your circuit breaker panel.
Our contractors are highly qualified to install the isolators which are instrumental for maximum surge protection of your home.
The question is ‘Can you afford to not have surge protection’?
You’ve made a huge investment in purchasing your home. You’ve worked hard to earn everything you have within your home as well. It’s only fitting that you protect your investment.
Lightning and surge protection is more affordable than you probably think. And the protection it provides is well worth it, often less than the damage that one major power surge can cause.
The beauty is that for a small investment, a quality and custom surge suppression solution can boost the value of your home. You may even qualify for a reduction in your insurance premiums. Best of all, it offers peace of mind in knowing your home and loved ones are protected.
Electrical surge protection is serious business. And Illuminations Lighting Design is serious about protecting your home and your investment against dangerous power surges. We can offer you a free consultation along with our expert advice to tailor a solution for you. While we’re located in the great city of Houston, our surge protection and lighting services have a reputation for being top-notch in the entire Texas region.