By paying a little attention to surge suppression now, you can avoid major headaches later on.

Of all the things that can go wrong in your home, power surges are not the most dangerous, costly, or harrowing.  That’s the good news.

But on the flip side, power surges can be downright annoying…and costly!  And if the holiday season brought brand new electronic – and expensive! – “toys” to your home, then you could be especially vulnerable.

A power surge is a relatively long burst of high voltage that can cause substantial damage to sensitive electronic equipment and even major appliances like your refrigerator or dishwasher.  There are several external factors that can trigger the start of a power surge, including:  lightning, downed trees, neighbors using heavy duty power equipment…even squirrels doing their “high wire” acrobatics.

Of course, stuff like this happens all the time, so why aren’t there more power surges?  Because lots of folks (and we hope you’re among them) have taken the proper precautions.  Fact is, you’re far less likely to experience a power surge if your wiring is up to code and major appliances are properly grounded.

Next, you can greatly enhance your home defenses with surge protectors.  There are basically two types:  

Exterior Surge Protector – is installed between your outside meter and your home and provides around-the-clock protection against high-voltage spikes before they can do damage.

Interior Surge Protector -  is installed inside your home to provide added protection for your more sensitive electronic equipment….think of it as a second line of defense for phones, answering systems, computers, AV equipment, and more.  We can match each such diverter to the equipment and the pathway you need to protect.

Of course, like anything else, not just any surge protector will do.  That’s why Team recommends you insist on these minimum requirements:

Joule Rating of 500 or Higher – This is the energy dissipation rate.  The higher the rating, the better the protection.

Response Time of 5 Nanoseconds or Less – Response time is literally that…the amount of time it takes a surge protector to react to the power surge.  Anything at or under 5 nanoseconds should be sufficient.

Surge Protection Rating:  UL 1449

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How well  is your home wired?  If you’re even a little unsure, we encourage you to call Team today for a complete in-home wiring inspection.  That way, we can take corrective action if and where needed, and before a major problem occurs. We have performed these kind of repairs all over central NJ.