The Importance of Surge Protection

A power surge is an unexpected increase in voltage that can happen at any time for a few different reasons. While they’re devastating to a home, a power surge is often much worse if it happens to a larger commercial building. While there’s nothing you can do to prevent a power surge, you can protect your office from one by using surge protection devices (SPDs).

Keep reading to learn a little bit more about surges and to find out the answer to, “Do I need to use surge protection?” and other common questions.

Where do surges come from?

As we just touched on, there are many different causes of power surges. Eighty percent of surges are created within a facility by an appliance or device inputting power into the system instead of drawing it out. The remaining causes of surges are external factors, like lightning strikes, that cause a voltage spike in the facility.

What does a surge protector do?

An SPD is your only line of defense against surges. SPDs protect your building by diverting surge currents and limiting voltage spikes that would otherwise damage electrical systems or equipment.

You can buy individual SPD strips that protect the appliances connected to the strip or opt to install a whole-building SPD that protects all of your electrical equipment from internal or external surges. Whole building systems have a higher initial installation cost; however, they pay for themselves in no time because they prevent any downtime or electrical equipment damage.

Do I need to use surge protection?

Now that you know a little bit more about surges and SPDs, it’s time to consider installing a whole-building SPD. These are a few reasons to make the investment:

  • Avoid damage from sudden power surges: Blown fuses are the most common electrical system issues when a building suffers a power surge. Because a whole-building SPD essentially absorbs high-voltage spikes, you’ll never have to worry about blowing a fuse or paying for any other expensive electrical repairs due to surges.
  • Save your business equipment: You won’t just worry about making repairs to your electrical system if you suffer a power surge—because voltage spikes can fry data centers, computers, HVAC systems or any other electrical equipment, they can cost your business thousands of dollars in equipment replacement too. The best way to save your business a fortune is installing a whole-building SPD.
  • Ensure daily operations run smoothly: Because we rely so heavily on our computers to conduct business, any disruption to electrical systems can shut down business operations for days or even weeks if the damage is severe. Due to a loss in productivity, this downtime results in $130,000 per event, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Install a whole-building SPD to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

Do you need a whole-building SPD?

After learning the answer to “What does a surge protector do?” it’s evident that your facility needs a whole-building SPD. Contact C&F Electrical today to schedule SPD installation in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area or to learn more about its benefits.