The Purpose of Surge Protection


First off, what is a power surge?

It’s an increase in voltage throughout your electrical system that’s above the standard levels of 120/240 Volts. 

Lightning is an example of a power surge and can prove to be highly destructive, however it is not the only cause of power surges.  Sun solar magnetic storm activity has been known to cause major grid blackouts and associated power surge damage.

Every year millions of dollars in insurance claims are filed because of power surge damages. Most are victims to a lightning strike. But did you know that power surges are a daily occurrence? Even though those surges are not high power spikes, like lighting, they can be more frequent and prolonged causing a little damage at a time. Some examples of small power surges can be the starting and stopping of high powered electrical devices, like fridges or air conditioners, or even problems with the utility company’s equipment. This never used to be a big problem but since we have electronics in almost all of our appliances even a surge of just 5 Volts can destroy your stove’s ‘computer’.

Today, homes contain an average of $15,000 worth of unprotected electronics. From the fridge to the washer/dryer, from ACs to smoke detectors, all contain electronics that can be damaged by surges. At Amp Champ we want to protect your home, appliances and electronics with specialized surge protection.

We offer 3 levels of surge protection:

  1. Optimum – Includes main panel surge device to protect all your appliances and home wiring and then secondary surge devices for each area of sensitive equipment such as your TV entertainment center, computer, phone & cable, air conditioner, garage door opener.
  2. Premium – Includes main panel surge device to protect all your appliances and home wiring.
  3. Basic– Includes secondary surge devices for each area of sensitive equipment such as your TV entertainment center, computer, phone & cable, air conditioner, garage door opener.

The device on the left bottom corner underneath the panel is an effective surge protection device installed by Amp Champ.

 

To learn more about surge protection click on these links:

http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/residence/safety-1/protect-your-property-from-power-surges/#sthash.kaiAs45c.dpuf

http://www.hydroone.com/MyHome/StaySafe/Pages/SurgeProtection.aspx