Virtually everyone becomes frustrated when the power goes out, which serves as a reminder that electricity is one of the most essential aspects of our daily life. If handled improperly or allowed to flow unchecked, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Luckily, today’s homes and businesses are outfitted with surge protection solutions that protect all manners of electrical devices from the damages associated with voltage spikes, surges and lightning. Surge protection is also known as Transient Voltage Surge Suppression, or TVSS. Once voltage reaches a certain threshold, as determined by the surge protector in use, the device works by blocking the voltage or shorting it to the ground in order to regulate the voltage supplied to an electric system. Be sure the surge protection or TVSS you select is UL 1449, 3rd Edition Compliant, September 2008.
Your home or facility should have three layers of surge protection or TVSS protection:
At the Main Service Entrance
At the panels and sub panels
At the device you want to protect
All the TVSS in the world installed on your electrical system will not operate properly without a good electrical bonding system and low earth ground resistance. This ground system should be tested and inspected when considering any TVSS application. The National Electric Code, NFPA 70, 2005 edition, 250.56 requires 25 ohms or less on the earth ground, but in Florida, the second-highest lightning frequency in the world, we recommend 5 ohms or less.
Luckily, the expert team at Engineered Electric Services, LLC can handle any surge protection, TVSS, and grounding issues you may be having, whether it’s for your home in Lakeland, your business in Tampa, your industrial complex in Orlando, or any structure of any size anywhere throughout central Florida. There are not many electrical contractors that offer such diverse electrical solutions as Engineered Electric Services. Our team includes several Master Electricians and a Staff Professional Electrical Engineer. Together, they allow us to provide the most thorough, professional electrical services in central Florida for any number of electrical issues you might be experiencing, including surge protection, TVSS.
We are proud to offer prompt service, a satisfaction guarantee, and free estimates. To learn more about our surge protection and TVSS service solutions offered in Tampa, Orlando, Brandon, Lakeland, and throughout central Florida, contact Engineered Electric Services today.