Commercial Surge Suppression and Lightning Protection

As a business owner, you know that power surges and lightning strikes can wreak havoc on your electrical system.

That’s why it’s important to have commercial surge suppression and lightning protection plans in place. At Prairie Electric, we can help keep things up and running during an emergency while also protecting your assets from future outages.

Here’s how.

Electrical Service: Surge and Lightning Protection

There are two types of power surges: internal and external.

Internal power surges are caused by devices within your facilities, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and photocopiers.

External power surges are caused by events outside your control, such as lightning strikes or downed power lines.

Either way, a power surge has the potential to damage your electrical system and the equipment that’s connected to it.

Lightning strikes are one of the most common causes of power surges. When lightning hits a power line, it sends a surge of electricity through the line and into your building. This surge can overload your electrical system and cause damage to your equipment.

A lightning protection system helps to dissipate the surge of electricity so that it doesn’t cause any damage.A commercial surge suppression system protects your electrical system from both internal and external power surges.

A surge suppressor is installed at the main service panel and is designed to divert excess electricity away from sensitive electronic equipment.

Surge suppressors come in different sizes and capacities, so it’s essential to choose one that is appropriate for your business needs.

Protecting What’s Essential (Which Is Everything)

Electrical power is obviously critical to the operation of nearly every type of business. That means protecting what’s essential, which is everything.

Whether you are running a small office or a large factory, you need a reliable source of electrical power to keep your business up and running.

However, electrical power can be unpredictable, and power surges can occur without warning.

A single lightning strike can generate a surge of electricity that is strong enough to damage or destroy sensitive electronic equipment. That’s why it’s crucial to have a lightning protection system in place to protect your business from damage.

Prairie Electric can install state-of-the-art commercial surge suppression systems that will protect your business and its assets from damage caused by electrical power surges. We install them at the point where electrical power enters your facility. They work by absorbing the excess energy from a power surge and dissipating it safely away from sensitive electronic equipment.

A lightning protection system is designed to protect your business from damage caused by lightning strikes. Lightning protection systems are installed on the exterior of your facility. They work by intercepting lightning strikes and channeling the electricity safely away from your building.

We can customize a plan of action utilizing our vast experience and knowledge. What’s more, we can design and implement a system of protection so that your business is protected now and far into the future.There are two types of surge suppressors: whole-building and point-of-use.

Whole-building surge suppressors are installed at the main electrical panel and protect all of the electrical outlets in your business.

Point-of-use surge suppressors are installed at individual outlets and only protect that outlet.

A surge rating is the amount of energy a suppressor can absorb before it needs to be replaced. The higher the rating, the more expensive the suppressor will be. However, a higher rating means that the suppressor will last longer and provide better protection for your equipment.

The response time is the amount of time it takes for the suppressor to start working after a power surge or lightning strike. The faster the response time, the better. Faster response times mean less damage to your equipment.

Each of these protection systems should be installed by a qualified electrician. That’s where Prairie Electric comes in. We’ll install a system for you, and you can rely on us to provide you with resources and additional services whenever they’re needed.

Power surges and lightning strikes can cause serious damage to your business. That’s why commercial surge suppression and lightning protection are so important.

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Prairie Electric crew going to work

When choosing a system, make sure to consider the type of suppressor, the surge rating, the response time, and whether or not you need a lightning protection system. A surge protector for a home office — or at least power strips and other commercial surge protection devices — should also be considered. This is one’s last line of defense, along with the highest-quality circuit breakers and other power distribution protections.

By taking these factors into account, you can choose a system conforming to industry standards that will best protect your business from power surges and lightning strikes.

Get in touch with Prairie Electric today for more details.

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