From flat-screen televisions to computers, refrigerators, and even blenders, our homes are loaded with electronic equipment that could be damaged by a power surge – a momentary rise in the flow of electricity. In normal household wiring, the standard voltage is 120 volts. When the voltage rises above this level, this is considered a power surge.
The electronic devices that are common in our homes today contain many delicate components that are vulnerable to power surges. Microprocessors, which are an integral part of all computers as well as many home appliances, are particularly sensitive to surges.
To help protect your electronic equipment, we suggest investing in one or both of the following types of surge protection:
Meter Based Surge Protection
The TES240 MSA Surge Arrester is installed at the wattmeter location for residential applications. The TES240 MSA Surge Arrester is specifically designed for long lifetimes, even with strong lightning activity and temporary line overvoltage conditions. The TES240 MSA provides whole home protection.
Available for lease: $5.75 / month plus tax. If you are interested in leasing an MSA Surge Arrestor please call us at 770-775-7857.
Also available is the TES 240R.
Point-of-Use Surge Protection
Point-of-use surge protectors should be installed on all electronic equipment in your home. This most common surge protection device is a type of power strip that can handle up to 6,000 volts. Surge suppressors can be purchased at most hardware or home-improvement stores. Be careful to buy a suppressor that offers surge protection. Standard power strips – which look nearly identical to a surge suppressor – do not offer this protection.
When purchasing a surge suppressor, pay attention to the product’s Underwriters Laboratories (UL) ratings. UL is an independent, nonprofit company that tests electronic products for safety. Be sure that the product is listed as a transient voltage surge suppressor and meets the criteria for UL 1449, UL’s minimum performance standard for surge suppressors.
CGEMC has the L534B_PM8DBS available in our office for $65.00. To purchase an Indoor Surge Protections device, please visit our office on S. Mulberry Street.
Residential MSA Potential Warranty Claim?
If you suspect a surge and one or both of those lights on the MSA are out, call our office immediately at 770-775-7857 for replacement of a “damaged” TESCO surge arrestor. If you have a potential warranty claim, please follow the link below to guide you through the warranty submission process.