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Electrical Contractor Explains What Surge Protectors Do  December 6, 2017

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Electrical Contractor Explains What Surge Protectors Do , West Sanford, North Carolina

Most people use surge protectors in their homes, but how many of us actually know exactly what they do? After all, surge protectors are as ubiquitous as they are for a reason: They serve a critical purpose for home electronics. Without them, precious technological devices, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles would be far more vulnerable.

Here, M.R. Stoner Electric, an electrical contractor based in Sanford, NC, explains what surge protectors do: 

  • electrical contractorsPower Spike Protection: A power spike is a sudden, brief increase in the voltage of the electrical current running through an outlet. It can be caused by lightning, power outages, or problems with the electrical grid. These voltage increases can damage any electronic items plugged into outlets experiencing spikes. Surge protectors mitigate the potential damage of power spikes by diverting the excess electricity into the surge protector. 
  • Power Surge Protection: A power surge is simply a long-lasting power spike. They could last for a few seconds or longer. Because of this, they are even more dangerous than spikes, and the surge in voltage can fry computers, tablets, phones, and just about any other pricey device. Surge protectors are even more important for protecting your electronics. 
  • The MOV: Surge protectors absorb excess voltage through what's called a metal oxide varistor (MOV). The MOV uses its grounding wire for variable electrical resistance—a fancy term for modulating the voltage that passes through it. 

For more than 25 years, M.R. Stoner Electric has been among the most trusted electrical contractors serving North Carolina residents and businesses. The master electricians handle everything from indoor and outdoor lighting to grounding and bonding issues. They even provide 24-hour emergency service in the event of urgent issues requiring immediate attention. Visit the electrical contractor's website to learn more about the team's extensive residential electrical services, or call them directly at (919) 774-8877. 

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