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Spring Storms and Flickering Lights
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

When the lights in your home flicker during a big storm, it means that your house is most likely experiencing a power surge, which can be detrimental to your appliances.

While electricity in American homes is 120V, the actual current can range from 0 to 169 during normal conditions. Common electronic equipment and appliances are designed to handle these natural fluctuations in voltage. Problems, however, occur during power surges because energy supply can temporarily far exceed 169V.

During intense bouts of stormy weather, you may notice the lights in your home flicker. Many people view this phenomenon as a normal aspect of storms. However, flickering lights are often the result of surges in your home’s power supply, which can be detrimental to your appliances.

You can’t stop the storms or the power surges from happening. But you can protect your appliances and electronics.

·      Install a Service Entrance Surge Protector Device: Installed near your circuit breaker, electric panel or electric meter, these devices protect systems that use electricity but aren’t plugged into an outlet (like your furnace or air conditioner).

·      Use Point-of-Use Devices: You may know these as “surge protectors,” and for good reason. When electronics and appliances are plugged into these devices instead of directly into an outlet, surges stop at the device rather than traveling all the way to the appliance or electronic. The excess power from the surge is safely directed into the ground instead.

If you have any questions about protecting your appliances and electronics during the next big spring storm, give us a call. We’ll review your options for keeping power surges from damaging anything in your home.

 





 

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