Most homeowners believe that all they need for surge protection begins and ends with a power bar for their computer. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case. Although power surges can follow any wire into a house including phone and cable lines, most often the surge will mostly affect the main power panel and the circuits that it feeds. This threat can not only damage fax and answering machines, televisions, satellite systems, computers, and modems but Winnipeg homeowners with newer style kitchen appliances of any kind that operate through vulnerable electronics are just as sensitive and subject to damage from a power surge.
A power surge may last for only a few millionths of a second, but at its worst carries tens or thousands of volts, enough to fry circuit boards, crash hard drives, ruin kitchen appliances, home-entertainment systems and even that new High efficient Furnace or Central Air Conditioner. The one thing that all these electronic devices have in common is that they hate power surges. Lightning-induced surges are by far the most powerful and most feared, but in reality a lightning strike has to be less than a mile from the house to cause damage, and in fact most surge-related problems are not caused by lightning.
Far more common and not as dramatic are surges caused by downed power lines, sudden changes in electricity use by a nearby factory, or even the cycling on and off of high demand equipment such as electric dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, Electric heaters and other energy-sucking devices in your home. The damage inflicted by these minor power fluctuations can be instantaneous and although they may not show up right away can eventually become compounded to the point of equipment failure.
Rural areas around Winnipeg are more inclined to witness Brownouts since the distribution of Manitoba Hydro’s power though its grid has less protection in some areas. A brownout (low voltage and high current) may only last for a few minutes but is often followed by a spike (power surge) when corrections are made on the power grid. All too common is a situation where an overloaded Hydro transformer blows up and load shedding messes with a stable distribution within the network.
Whole house surge protection is a very affordable choice when you consider the alternative. An expensive insurance claim, worse yet no insurance coverage and then add in the time and effort to find and replace all of your damaged possessions.
Tradesman Mechanical offers 2 basic options with Eaton Brand Surge protection.
- 20 kA (In) Nominal Discharge Current
- 108 kA Surge Current Capacity per phase rating
- *$75,000 warranty
- Limited lifetime product warranty
- 5 kA (In) Nominal Discharge Current
- 36 kA Surge Current Capacity, per phase rating
- *$25,000 warranty
- 5-year product warranty
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