Lightning and Surge Protection

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While there are several reasons for power surges, lightning causes the most damage. Lightning just seems to love warm humid climates — and the area around Tampa Bay has been called “Lightning Alley” because of the frequency of strikes here.

Most likely if your computer, appliances or electrical equipment haven’t had some form of lightning damage, you know someone who has.

Where are the most active areas in the entire country? On the west coast of Florida.

Even small, repeated power surges over time can damage your electronic equipment; for example your computer, television or stereo, causing unexpected failure or quirky performance. When that happens, repairs can be costly. Replacement of major appliances and items like air conditioners when lightning strikes can be a serious financial setback.

Although there is no way to protect your home with 100% assurance, industrial strength surge protection from Spire Electric offers an excellent first line of defense from the effects of damage, and may save you costly repairs. If a lightning strike is harmlessly shunted to the ground and doesn’t enter your home, your equipment is well protected.

Spire Electric recommends and installs surge protection systems that provide a strong level of protection for electrical and electronic equipment inside your home or office, including telephone systems, cable TV and satellite service. At a relatively low, one-time cost we can install a variety of devices that divide your home into three protection zones and use the same technology and “staged protection” strategy used to successfully protect industrial and commercial facilities.

Main zone protection is the first line of defense and is installed at the service panel to prevent surges from entering the home. Interior zone protection is also available as a second defense for equipment inside. Exterior zone devices provide a second line of defense for equipment outside the home such as air conditioners and pool and well pumps.

Certain manufacturers provide a warranty against the failure of their surge protection systems, with replacement coverage on connected equipment. We install SurgeassureTM surge protectors in many of our clients’ homes; all offer certain levels of coverage depending on the system. If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to protect your valuable assets, call us today. We will be happy to evaluate your home or business and advise on the best approach for your needs.

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