Monthly Archives: December 2014

Prevent Home Power Surges with the Help of a Charlotte, NC Electrician

Ask any local Charlotte, NC electrician about the troubles power surges bring to the table, and he’s likely to enumerate a lot. Also referred to as “voltage surges” or “transient voltages,” power surges are anything but harmless. Even with protective devices such as fuse-protected multi-outlet strips in place, appliances such as PCs and VCRs may still be vulnerable to voltage surges and sustain damage to their electronic circuits as a result.

In the U.S., most homes use 120-volt, 60-Hz, single-phase AC electricity. However, AC isn’t delivered at a constant 120 volts. By its nature, the voltage in an alternating current rises and falls rhythmically, from 0 to a peak of 169 volts. A power surge occurs when the voltage uncharacteristically goes beyond 169 volts.

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Why You Can’t Afford Not to Have Whole House Surge Protection in Charlotte

Electric Utility LightningCan you afford to buy a new refrigerator? What about a new stove? New computer? New television? How many electronic devices in your home could you afford to replace all at once? If, like most people, you couldn’t afford to replace all of your appliances and electrical devices, then you also cannot afford not to have a whole house surge protector.

While it’s fairly unlikely that you will get struck by lightning while walking down the street, it’s reasonably likely that a nearby lightning strike could send a surge of power into your home. But lightening isn’t even the only cause of power surges. A downed power line or a sudden change in the demand for electricity in a building nearby you could also lead to a damaging electrical surge. The point is that power surges are fairly common and the time to protect your devices is BEFORE one occurs at your home.

A Whole House Surge Protector Will…

  • Prevent your appliances and electronics from becoming damaged or ruined during a power surge.
  • Keep you from having to worry about unplugging your electronics during a storm, especially if you’re not home to do so.
  • Save you from losing important data stored on a computer or hard drive.

Purchasing a whole house surge protector for your home is a worthwhile investment because it could save you thousands of dollars in unexpected expenses in the event of a power surge. At Douthit Electrical, we specialize in outfitting homes with the surge protectors that make the most sense and are most cost-effective. Protect the investments in your home by getting surge protection today!

 


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Holiday Lighting Safety Tips from Charlotte Electricians

Christmas DecorationsWhether you compete with the neighbors for the best holiday light display or you prefer the elegant simplicity of a single set of icicle lights, you’ll want to read these tips on how to safely decorate your home in Charlotte. Prevent fires and dangerous electrical shocks by focusing on holiday electrical safety.

Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

  • Never hang strings of lights with nails, staples, screws, or tacks. No matter how careful you are, you could still damage the electrical cord, creating a hazard.
  • Only use lights that specifically say that they are for outdoor use outdoors. You may think the strings of lights look the same, but outdoor lights are made differently and can better withstand the elements.
  • Plug outdoor lights into ground fault circuit interrupter outlets. These outlets help prevent electrical shorts and electrical shocks if water gets into the socket.
  • Water live, indoor Christmas trees regularly. This will help keep your tree from becoming dry and more flammable.
  • Use LED light bulbs. These will produce less heat and will therefore operate more safely both indoors and out.
  • Inspect light strings thoroughly prior to use. Check for frays, gaps in the insulation, and worn or bare spots. Also, touch light strings that are in use to make sure they are not becoming too hot. Wires that become hot should be unplugged right away.
  • Examine sockets. Make sure there are no cracks—even in tiny crack can be a hazard.

Okay, you know what to do now. Grab your Santa, your Rudolph, your snowman, and your rainbow of lights and get decorating! If you run into any electrical problems, don’t hesitate to give Douthit Electrical a call!

 


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