Power Surge Protection During A Winter Storm

by | Feb 2, 2022

We are expecting a possible ice storm this week in Louisville.  Some people are excited at the prospect of being stuck at home, others are feeling the dread, but everyone needs to be prepared for a possible power surge.  A power surge caused by a storm can damage expensive electronic equipment.

Why do winter power surges happen?

Sudden drops and spikes in power are often due by ice causing falling branches on the power lines. Extremely low temperatures and ice can also result in transformers to blow.

Surge Suppressor Safety

A surge protector provides your valuable electronics protection in the event of power surge. if you are looking for additional support you may want to consider an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) as well. A UPS offers not only surge protection but also the added benefit of a battery backup. The backup allows for the safe shutdown of equipment and prevents a loss of data in the event of an outage.

Types of Surge Protectors

Multiple layers of surge protection coverage are required for 100% protection. Even whole house surge protectors cannot handle 100% of surges. While all three levels are recommended protection between the meter and breaker box and at wall outlets are the most important.

  • Type 1: Whole house protection between street power lines and your home.
  • Type 2​: Point-of-use protection at wall outlets in your home.
  • Type 3: Whole house protection between the meter and breaker box.

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