A whole house surge protector is a device that protects your electronics from electrical surges from outside sources. We’ve been seeing a lot of outages and electrical surges in Kansas City due to a variety of causes including:
- lightning strikes
- damage to electric lines
- repairs to electric lines
How Do Whole House Surge Protectors Work?
Electricity follows what is called electrical potential, or a “path” from a positive terminal to negative terminal. Another name for the negative terminal is “ground.” Electricity will always move toward the lowest potential, the negative terminal, the ground. Whole house surge protectors route large and sudden surges of electric current into a dedicated ground line. This keeps surges from going into your electronic devices throughout your house.
Do I Need a Whole House Surge Protector?
Absolutely, the average home in Kansas City experiences around 4-5 power surges a day. While most surges originate from inside the house, those that don’t (like lightning strikes) have the potential to cause major damage to any gadgets and appliances you have plugged in. Just think about how many electronics you have in your household! They are worth protecting.
Can I Use Power Strips Instead?
Power strips are great for protecting a few select devices. However, to better protect everything you have plugged into your electrical system, you should use a whole house surge protector. Power strips play an important role in protecting against small surges in your house, they aren’t built to handle the larger surges. Think of it like wearing a jacket and a long-sleeve shirt on a snowy day, they work better together than individually.
If you’re interested in protecting yourself from damage caused by surges, click here or call (913) 648-9487.
Spring showers bring May flowers, and they also bring power outages. Are you and your family prepared if your home experiences a power outage? With the storm season coming up, the team at Fusion Electric wanted to share an electrician’s insider tips for when the power goes out.
The Electrical Do’s and Don’ts
- Avoid opening your freezer and refrigerator doors as much as possible. This will keep the cold air in the appliance to help save the food. Food is typically still safe to eat if the outage is less than four hours. We do recommend throwing away any perishable items that were kept above 40 degrees for two or more hours.
- Unplug major appliances and electronics, such as televisions and computers, that are not hooked up to a surge protector. An electrical surge could cause damage when the power comes back on.
Related read: What Is a Power Surge & How to Protect Your Home from One
- Turn off your air conditioner. We recommend not turning it back on for a little while after the power comes back on. This will help prevent the unit from burning out.
- Flip off all of the light switches in the house/building that were on when the power went off. Surging electricity can also make light bulbs burst.
- Once the power comes back on, check items such as your home’s security systems, fire alarms, and sump pump to ensure that they are back on and working properly.
Do You Need a Backup Generator?
We recommend that your family invest in a backup generator, particularly for storm seasons. Having a backup generator means you’ll be less likely to replace major appliances and electronics after a power outage. You’ll also have access to food and water in your home, as well as a way to communicate with your home phone, or a way to charge phones and laptops, to check status updates on the outage or weather.
Generators are permanent fixtures that are easy to maintain. Most generators won’t turn off, even when the power comes back on, until the power is stable. You can be certain that with a backup generator, you will be able to maintain your living comfort level during a power outage.
Related read: Everything Homeowners Need to Know about a Backup Generator
Don’t wait until a blackout happens! Be prepared and install a home backup generator today. Call Fusion Electric at (913) 563-7975 and we’ll help you choose the best generator for your home and install it for you, too.
When an ice storm strikes, or a blizzard blows in, it’s likely that parts of the Kansas City metro and surrounding areas will lose power. When that happens and your home is left without power, how do you plan on keeping warm and out of the dark? If you have a fireplace maybe that’s enough for you, but for many homeowners, a fireplace is not a luxury they have. That’s where generators can come in handy. Generators aren’t just for tailgates and outdoor parties. Fusion Electric explains everything you need to know about them to help you decide what type of generator is right for your home.
The Two Types of Generators
- Portable Generators: These are a temporary power solution and runs on unleaded gasoline. They consume about 8-12 gallons of fuel a day when operated. Thanks to their portability , these are great during bad weather or short-term electricity outages. They also cost less than an installed generator in your home. However, don’t wait until the next emergency to buy a portable generator. Take the time to prepare for an emergency now.
- Installed Home Generators: Professionally installed home generators are becoming increasingly more popular in our area. These are permanent and run on natural gas or liquid propane. They allow your home to have power for longer, and without you having to haul heavy equipment. Now you can even choose added features, like technology that allows you to control the generator with your mobile phone or other Internet-enabled device, auto-start functions, a transfer switch, and maintenance features such as automatic weekly system tests to ensure the engine is always ready to go. Installing a permanent generator is a long-term investment, which can increase your property’s value.
Related Read: The Winter Storm Kit: How to Survive a Power Outage
Which One Is Right For You?
The type of generator you pick for your home will depend on a few things as well as personal preference. Ask yourself a few questions; Will you be running your whole house off the generator, or just a few items like the refrigerator? Are you prepared to start and maintain a generator yourself, or would you prefer automated features? What’s your budget? How much space do you have available for a generator?
Whichever generator you decide is the best fit for your home, always remember to use caution when operating yours.
- If you are using a portable generator, be sure never to overfill it. Always leave about a half-inch of open space in the fuel tank for expansion.
- For either a portable or installed generator, don’t use 100 percent of the generator’s capacity. This will prevent tripping the generator’s circuit breaker, or overheating your appliances.
- Always be aware of where you place your generator when in use. One portable generator can create more than 100 times the amount of carbon monoxide as a running car. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and potentially lethal. Keep the generator a safe distance away from the home, taking into account open windows or intakes. Also, be aware of wind conditions that can change the direction of the exhaust. Never run a generator indoors, even in an open garage. Use carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home to alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide.
Call Fusion Electric if you decide an installed generator is right for your home. Our professional technicians can properly install your new generator and help you determine what size is best for your home’s needs. Call us today at 913-563-7975.