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Strike First: How to Keep Your Home Protected Against Lightning

As summer rolls in, so do the storms. While the sound of rolling thunder can be soothing to some, the thought of lightning striking can hit a little too close to home, literally. If lightning strikes your house it can cause an electrical surge within. While this surge usually only lasts about a thousandth of a second, it can cause irreversible damage.

What Is an Electrical Surge?

An electrical surge is a sudden, very short increase of electricity. When the increase is too severe, it can be too strong for household appliances and electronics. This can result in damage or destruction of items plugged into the outlets.

The strong surges are not the only time appliances or electronics can be ruined. Small, less severe surges can gradually damage items over time. For this reason, it is important to make sure your items are protected.

How Do I Get Protected?

It is pretty easy to ensure you are protected against electrical surges. The most common way of staying protected is using the plug-in surge protector strips. These strips plug into the wall and allow for smaller devices to be plugged into them. These do not provide protection for larger items though, such as:

  • Ovens, stoves, and ranges
  • Refrigerators
  • Dishwashers
  • Washers and dryers
  • Furnaces and air conditioners
  • Water heaters

The best way to protect your larger appliances and home systems is to install a whole house surge protector device.

How Do I Get a Surge Protector Installed?

A whole house surge protector is a device embedded in the hardwiring of your house. It is important to request the help of a licensed electrician to install this. A professional will be able to make sure the device is installed safely and up to code and is able to provide effective surge protection.

Dependable, Long-Lasting Electrical Solutions in Boston

We understand that summer storms can be unpredictable. At Tingley Home Services, we want to make sure you are protected. Call us at (508) 456-8838 to discuss how we can help you enjoy those summer storms without any worry.