Mr. Electric - Surge Protector http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/549 en What to Expect When You Have a Whole House Surge Protector Installed in Your Home http://www.33pulse.com/blog/what-to-expect-when-you-have-a-whole-house-surge-protector-installed-in-your-home <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>What to Expect When You Have a Whole House Surge Protector Installed in Your Home</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/mre-bloggraphic2-surge_protection_campaign-2015-corp-rev.jpg?itok=evRZbtbp" 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/mre-bloggraphic2-surge_protection_campaign-2015-corp-rev.jpg?itok=evRZbtbp" 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">Brad Roop</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, March 2, 2015 - 9:39am</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><strong>By Elisa Voland</strong></p> <p>So, you’ve realized you need a <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/surge-protection">whole house surge protector </a> installed in your home. Don’t panic – the entire process is a lot less stressful than you think it might be. Mr. Electric will be there to assist and make sure your expensive and sensitive electronics are well protected. We have included some information about the<a href="http://www.33pulse.com/installation-updates"> installation process </a> to make this as simple as possible.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/why-mr-electric">Before </a></h3> <p>Before Mr. Electric arrives, be sure to clear at least three feet around your electrical panel as required by code for proper workspace for the technician. Don't fret about preparing your home beyond that – we understand you have busy schedules, and our experts will be able to take care of the rest. The area where we will be working varies depending on the job, but technicians will mostly be at the main electrical panel. We will be sure to use drop cloths and wear booties wherever we go in your home to prevent any dirt coming inside.</p> <h3>During</h3> <p>Our technicians will be sure to explain the task performed before beginning work and will answer any questions during the installation. The entire installation process should take under an hour so expect your electricity to be shut off for the duration of the time while we work.</p> <h3>After</h3> <p>After we install your surge protector, we will properly clean up any messes made during the job, beyond the extra precautions taken with the booties and drop cloths. We will also vacuum any debris created during our work. Mr. Electric warrants all of our work for a year, so if any problem arises with your surge protector, we will not hesitate to assess the problem and find a solution.<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">?</span></p> <p>After that, sit back, relax and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your home electronics are protected when storm season arrives. We’re here to power your tomorrow! Call <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Mr. Electric </a> today!</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/what-to-expect-when-you-have-a-whole-house-surge-protector-installed-in-your-home" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:39:08 +0000 Brad Roop 5531 at http://www.33pulse.com How a Surge Protector Works http://www.33pulse.com/blog/how-a-surge-protector-works <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>How a Surge Protector Works</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/mre-blog-how_a_surge_protector_works_0.jpg?itok=ahR0PgwR" 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/mre-blog-how_a_surge_protector_works_0.jpg?itok=ahR0PgwR" 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">Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 4:03pm</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 style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Recommended by the National Fire Protection Association and the Institute for Business and Home Safety, surge protectors safeguard electrical devices in your home in the event of power spikes and surges. But how does a surge protector keep your electrical devices safe when all that?amped-up?energy attacks? The science behind the technology isn’t as hard to understand as you might think.</p> <h2>How Surge Protectors Work</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">“When a sudden increase in voltage occurs, such as from a lightning strike or damage to a power line, a surge protector detects the excess current and safely diverts it through the house’s grounding path.” A simple statement and it sounds great, but what does it mean? How does a surge protector know how to do this? To understand that, we just need to simplify a little terminology...</p> <h2>The Vagueness of Electrical Vocabulary</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Understanding voltage and amperage can help you better grasp how surge protectors work:</p> <ul style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;"><li><strong>Voltage:</strong><br /> Using the analogy of water in a hose, voltage is the equivalent of electrical pressure.</li> <li><strong>Amperage</strong><br /> Using the same analogy, amperage is the flow rate, or amount of fluid running through the hose.</li> </ul><h2>Surge Protectors: Excising the Excess</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Using our trusty hose analogy, applying too much pressure in a hose can eventually cause it to burst. In the situation of electrical excesses, however, rather than bursting, electrical lines and appliances burn up, or at the very least wear down over time. By diverting excess pressure in the hose (your home’s wires) surge protectors safeguard wiring and appliances. To accomplish this, they need the help of special components.</p> <h2>Managing the Pressure</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">How is all that pressure, or excess electrical energy, diverted? When voltage reaches a certain point, surge protectors simply re-route that extra energy with the help of what is essentially a pressure-sensitive valve. With the correct voltage, current flows through as normal, but with a spike or surge, the device kicks-in immediately and redirects the excess. Commonly used devices for managing this pressure in surge protectors include metal oxide varistors (MOV) and gas discharge arrestors, which allow electrical devices to continue operation while diverting excess energy to grounding wires.</p> <h2>Multi-Layered Protection a Must</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Due to the nature of surge protection devices, all three of the following surge protection types - or at least Type 2 and Type 3 devices - are needed for adequate protection:</p> <ul style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;"><li><strong>Type 1: Whole House Protection</strong><br /> Installed between the power lines in the street and your meter.</li> <li><strong>Type 2: Whole House Protection</strong><br /> Installed between your meter and breaker box.</li> <li><strong>Type 3: Point-of-Use</strong><br /> Smaller protectors at wall outlets where you plug-in appliances.</li> </ul><h2>Isn’t that overkill??</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">No. A whole house surge protector can’t handle 100 percent of surges.? A small amount of excess voltage can leak up to 15 percent. They also can’t handle surges within your home. They suppress surges from outside sources, such as utility company and transformer issues, but cannot protect against the myriad of surges happening inside your home from your appliances – when your A/C or fridge kick on and off, for instance.</p> <h2>Only as Good as Your Grounding</h2> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Older homes with ungrounded outlets or homes with improper wiring and grounding will not be helped by a surge protector without the necessary upgrades. Even the best surge protector will fail if there is no proper escape route via grounding for excess electricity to go. If your home has grounding issues, have them addressed quickly, as wiring repair or upgrade costs will pale in comparison to replacing fried appliances.</p> <p style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Amped up about surge protection in your home? Contact Mr. Electric<span style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 0; position: relative; vertical-align: baseline; top: -0.5em;">?</span>?for your free, in-home surge protection quote today.</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/how-a-surge-protector-works" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:03:48 +0000 Super User 5460 at http://www.33pulse.com 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home’s Electrical System http://www.33pulse.com/blog/5-new-year-s-resolutions-for-your-home-s-electrical-system <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home’s Electrical System</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-bloggraphicnyresolution.png?itok=qFA8Jv0B" 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="734" height="359" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicnyresolution.png?itok=qFA8Jv0B" width="734" height="359" 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">Friday, January 9, 2015 - 2:18pm</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>The future looks bright here at Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup>, and we hope the same for you! As you are mentally preparing for the New Year ahead, maybe you are planning your goals and resolutions for personal development and improvement. This <a href="http://youtu.be/_WrboP_F2W8" target="_blank">video</a> by our president, Joel Worthington, is sure to motivate you to achieve them. We also want to encourage you to consider your home’s development and improvement, too!</p> <p>When you think about your home’s electrical system, what can be improved? What can be replaced and updated? We have put together five tips to help you get started on getting your home’s electrical system in tip-top shape for the New Year.?</p> <h2>Switch out Light Bulbs for Energy Efficient LEDs</h2> <p>Although they initially cost higher, <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ssl.pr_why_es_com" target="_blank">LED Energy Star qualified bulbs</a> end up paying for themselves in energy savings in about 10 years. They use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 35 to 50 times longer. Plus, they offer more peace of mind since they emit very little heat, decreasing the threat of an electrical fire, and are much more durable, so they won’t shatter all over the floor. They’re also guaranteed for three years minimum, which is above and beyond the industry standard, so you’ll save on maintenance costs as well as energy costs. Basically, there’s no excuse not to get them!</p> <h2>Reset Your Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlets</h2> <p>Did you know that you’re technically supposed to do this every month? Not many consumers actually do this, but a new year is a great time to put this to practice and schedule it along with your other monthly home maintenance routines. You’ll find these outlets in moisture-prone areas such as the kitchen and bathroom as the current National Electrical Code requires. Simply press the test/reset button and make sure the outlets trip and resent correctly. If they are malfunctioning, call your local Mr. Electric to have them replaced to reduce electrocution risk.</p> <h2>Replace the Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors</h2> <p>Replacing the batteries should be done at least once a year, and both of the detectors should be tested monthly to ensure proper functionality. And speaking of replacing, how old are your detectors? Remember that smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years. Depending upon the model, older model carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every three years, and the newer ones, every 5-6 years. Make safety a priority for your home and get this done!</p> <h2>Have a Whole-House Surge Protector Installed</h2> <p>Power surges can enter your home unexpectedly during a stormy night, a random power company disruption or operation of a heavy-duty electrical appliance. They destroy electronic devices in their path and at times cause fires as well. It is unfortunate when your Mac or PC dies, but even more so when your photos, documents, music and other personal content are lost along with it as well. To reduce damage from power surges, have a whole house surge protector installed by your local Mr. Electric at the panel and additionally multi-outlet power strip surge protection for delicate circuitry, telephone and cable lines. This will ensure both main zone as well as secondary zone surge protection to absorb any excess power that seeps through the primary protection.</p> <h2>Reduce Your Overall Energy Consumption</h2> <p>This can be done in a variety of ways: turning lights out after you leave a room, unplugging and turning off electrical devices when not in use and ensuring lighting and appliances are Energy Star qualified. Perhaps you can create a friendly family competition to see who can use the least amount of electricity, or even consider looking into installing a solar energy system for your home. Whatever you choose to do, remember that you can also call your local Mr. Electric to perform an energy audit for your home to ensure its electrical system is operating at maximum efficiency.</p> <p>We hope you find these tips helpful to make your home’s electrical system the best and brightest it can be, and we wish you a Happy New Year from all of us at Mr. Electric!</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/5-new-year-s-resolutions-for-your-home-s-electrical-system" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20:18:56 +0000 Super User 5458 at http://www.33pulse.com

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