Victory Electric has joined in partnership with TESCO to bring our members quality surge protection products. We have four products in stock at our headquarters in Dodge City, KS, but we can order any TESCO product of your choice.
TESCO is a leading designer and manufacturer of quality lighting and surge protection equipment, with over 700 business partners all over the United States. TESCO was founded in 1983. TESCO puts its best efforts in providing ultimate protection for any electronic equipment from lightning and electrical surges. They are dedicated to continuous improvement and exploration of latest technologies in transient management, altogether with providing full customer service.
To learn more about TESCO and their products, please visit www.tesco-online.com.
Protect Against Power Surges
Power surges are responsible for millions of dollars of property damage each year, and, over time, they can cause cumulative damage while decreasing the lifespan of TVs, computers, stereo equipment, and anything else plugged into a wall outlet. Being educated is the key to choosing the best surge protection for your home.
How does a power surge cause damage?
First, what is a surge?
“A surge is a boost in the electrical charge over a power line,” explains Josh Schmidt, manager of member service at Victory Electric. “This can be caused by lightning, but it’s more commonly caused by motor-driven electrical devices, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, that require a lot of energy for starting and stopping compressors. Some surges can also be caused by faulty wiring.”
Frequent, small power surges tend to shorten the life of home appliances and electronics. “Power surges come in all shapes and sizes—the most extreme case being a lightning strike because it can destroy equipment and sometimes set your house on fire,” comments Alan Shedd, director of residential & commercial energy programs for Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives, the national brand for America’s electric cooperatives. “But less severe power surges are rooted in hundreds of different causes.”
He continues: “The severity of a surge depends not only on the voltage and current involved but how long the event lasts. Most surges are very short in duration. It’s important for people to realize that surges can happen through any connection on your equipment. If there is a wire connected to your equipment, then it provides a path for a surge.”
How can I protect my property?
A surge protection device mounted at your home’s main electrical panel or the base of your electric meter protects equipment inside your house or business from surges coming through “ports of entry,” such an outside electric, telephone, and cable TV or satellite dish line.
Point-of-use surge protection devices do not suppress or arrest a surge but divert it to ground. They’re designed to protect your sensitive electronic appliances, like a computer, and resemble a regular plug strip. However, don’t assume your plug strip offers surge protection unless it specifically says so. You can also install special electrical outlets that offer surge protection, which can be helpful in places like kitchen countertops.
“My computer is plugged into an uninterruptable power supply with surge protection,” Shedd notes. “We had a lightning strike, and a surge came in over the phone line. But the surge protector stopped it.”
One of the most effective ways to protect your property is a two-tiered approach. A service entrance surge protection device reduces power surges to a lower level that protects large appliances, such as your stove or clothes dryer, while point-of-use surge protectors defend your sensitive electronics.
Remember to be cautious when shopping for surge protection equipment. “Some items claim that they can save energy, and these claims are generally false,” Shedd concludes. “Surge protection is a valuable tool for protecting your home or business but not for saving energy.”