You’ve probably often heard that you need to unplug your home appliances when not in use to protect them from electrical surges. This advice, if put into practice, can protect your investments. Electrical surges, after all, may not only damage your appliances but also cause fires. Here are some facts you need to know about this phenomenon to avoid its devastating effects.
First, keep in mind that an electrical surge or spike is the sudden boost in electrical charge at some point in the power lines. It could take place along the transmission lines or within your property’s electrical system. During an electrical surge, the receiver of electricity takes in more power than it can handle, causing it to burn or break.
The truth is, the electricity that’s transmitted from power plants to homes or businesses is generated in dangerously high voltages and currents. The reason it arrives at the destination at a much lower and more bearable magnitude is that transformers are installed in between networks. It is the transformers’ job to reduce the magnitude of current or voltage flowing into the end-user’s electrical system.
Current or voltage transformers play an important role in preventing the frequency of electrical surges and the possible catastrophes. If your home or business facility’s electrical system is sufficiently provided with the necessary transformers, your electricity-powered equipment and measuring devices should be safer from damage due to spikes in current or voltage.