Mr. Electric - power surge http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/492 en Power Surge Protection This Winter http://www.33pulse.com/blog/power-surge-protection-this-winter <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Power Surge Protection This Winter</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code_-_mre_-_power_surge_protection_this_winter_season.jpg?itok=QFdR13Um" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code_-_mre_-_power_surge_protection_this_winter_season.jpg?itok=QFdR13Um" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:20am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Is your sensitive electronic equipment protected from the potentially devastating effects a power surge brought on by winter weather? Seventy percent of U.S. power outages are attributable to severe weather, with winter months producing a host of storms that can result in outages and subsequent surges. Power surges are now more troublesome than ever, as homeowners now own a much wider array of this sophisticated and expensive electronic equipment.</p> <h2>How does a winter power surge happen?</h2> <ul><li>Sudden spikes and drops in power from use and repairs.</li> <li>Arcing from damaged power lines.</li> <li>Electrical repairs to power lines and poles downed by ice and falling trees, causing a power surge into the grid.</li> <li>Strong winds from winter storms causing wires to come into contact with one another.</li> <li>Rolling blackouts due to increases in heat consumption.</li> <li>Trees branches or animals conducting energy between live wires.</li> </ul><h2>Surge Suppressor Safety</h2> <p>A surge protector offers your sensitive electronics protection in the event of power surge or spike. Those looking for additional support may want to consider an?uninterruptable?power supply (UPS) as well, which offers surge protection plus the added benefit of a battery backup, allowing for the safe shutdown of equipment and prevention of data loss in the event of an outage.</p> <h2>Types of Surge Protectors</h2> <p>Multiple layers of surge protection coverage are required for complete protection. Even whole house surge protectors cannot handle 100 percent of surges. While all three levels are recommended, the combination of Type 2 and 3 devices will provide an adequate safeguard, however.</p> <ul><li>Type 1:<br /> Whole house protection between street power lines and your home.</li> <li>Type 2:<br /> Whole house protection between the meter and breaker box.</li> <li>Type 3?:<br /> Point-of-use protection at wall outlets in your home.</li> </ul><h2>Only as Good as Your Grounding</h2> <p>Without a properly grounded home and outlets, even the best surge protector will fail to protect your home. Why? Surge protectors shed all that excess voltage through ground. Have your home inspected for grounding issues prior to installation to ensure effective surge protection and prevent the need for replacing expensive electronics due to failure.</p> <h2>A Sobering Look at the Numbers</h2> <p>Adding surge protection to your home costs very little in comparison to the replacement cost of your electronics. Protection at outlets runs as little as $10, while whole house protections costs a few hundred. Sound like a lot? The cost of replacing a single large home appliance such as a washer, dryer, stove, or hot water heater will likely cost you double the investment in a surge protector. Start adding in iPhones, tablets, e-readers, laptops or other devices in your home that could be destroyed by a surge while charging and the numbers are nauseating. This is why the average insurance claim for power surge and lighting related damage is over $4,000, not to mention the inconvenience of living without those electronics until replacements are procured, making the costs of installing a surge protector a drop in the bucket.</p> <p>Can you afford to live without surge protection? Trust in Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> to keep your electronic essentials from getting zapped. Our professionals have the information you need to help you select the best surge protection for your home or business.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/power-surge-protection-this-winter" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:20:53 +0000 Super User 5474 at http://www.33pulse.com Peace of Mind in the Summertime http://www.33pulse.com/blog/peace-of-mind-in-the-summertime <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Peace of Mind in the Summertime</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicsummertime.jpg?itok=tAhmdyVd" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicsummertime.jpg?itok=tAhmdyVd" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, May 5, 2014 - 11:58am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>By Kellie Pearson</p> <p>Pack away sweaters and scarfs and break out the floaties and flip flops – summer is here! Whether your ideal seasonal activity is tanning poolside or spiking a volleyball along a sandy seashore, there’s no doubt summertime offers a lot of fun. ?However, it can present many safety concerns for homeowners. Here are a few reminders from Mr. Electric? to give you and your family peace of mind this summer.</p> <h3>Prepare for an Emergency</h3> <p>With the summer sun shining bright, the warm, moist air provides optimal fuel for hurricanes to form.? Are you and your family prepared? In the case of a power outage, you’ll want to have a generator handy.? If you’re unsure of the amount of power that will be needed for a generator in your home, ask Mr. Electric to determine that for you. If your house draws more power than the generator can produce, then you may blow a fuse on the generator or damage the connected equipment. A generator should only be operated outdoors in an area with unobstructed air flow and ventilation. Even if the garage door is open to the exterior, carbon monoxide can still build up to toxic levels. Placing carbon monoxide detectors near all the bedrooms of your home will alert you and your family when there is a risk of being poisoned.</p> <h3>Plan for a Power Surge</h3> <p>Because of extreme heat and electrical charge in the air, lighting storms are also common during this season. In the case of a power surge, a good preventive option is to install a whole home surge protection system if you want to protect devices plugged into outlets anywhere in the home.</p> <h3>Test your Smoke Alarms</h3> <p>Fun events like rocking out by bonfires and shooting off Fourth of July fireworks present great opportunity to remind ourselves of fire safety. ?When is the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your house? This should be done monthly, and the batteries should be changed yearly (except for lithium batteries). Educate yourself on the two different kinds of alarms, and determine which is best featured for your home. USFA every residence be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms. Find other tips and reminders like these on our website, at <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/helpful-resources">http://www.33pulse.com/helpful-resources</a>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/peace-of-mind-in-the-summertime" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:58:01 +0000 Super User 4287 at http://www.33pulse.com

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