TVSS System Installations

They say lightning never strikes twice, but most business owners find that even once is one time too many. A TVSS (Transient Voltage Surge Suppression) system can go a long way in protecting your property from the damage inflicted by direct lightning strikes and other power system transients—known more commonly as spikes and surges. In fact, even more common than damage caused by lightning is damage caused by occurrences known as transients; for instance, each time a large piece of electrical equipment turns off, a switching transient occurs. These brief surges are responsible for most of the damage we see done to electronic equipment in middle Tennessee and beyond.

If unprotected during a direct lightning strike or other transient, your electronics may experience component failures, system upset, lost data and data lines, false signals and false system operations. Trying to repair or replace these systems afterwards cannot only be costly, but trying to recoup lost information can prove impossible.

A TVSS system is a great tool for protecting your equipment from spikes and surges. It’s crucial to have your TVSS system professionally installed, and to make sure that your basic electric system has been properly installed as well and is functioning properly prior to installation of a TVSS system. Schaffhouser Electric Company can assist you with this entire process.

The Price of Lightning Damage

Lightning has a history of doing significant damage to integrated circuits. As the most profoundly damaging type of power system transient, lightning can create surges of up to 50,000V. There are a reported 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes detected each year in the 48 contiguous United States.

When lightening strikes a business, it can end up costing you thousands—even hundreds of thousands—of dollars in property damage. The Insurance Information Institute reports that in 2012 the average lightning-related claim was $6,400. And according to the National Weather Service, each year lightning causes an average of 150,000 – 200,000 insurance claims, costing owners nearly $1 billion in insurance losses. A TVSS is your best line of defense against this incredibly powerful natural phenomenon, and though it may not offer you complete protection from a direct lightning hit, it does offer the best solution for mitigating potential damage.

How Does a TVSS Work?

Not familiar with a TVSS or how it works? Basically “Transient Voltage Surge Suppression system” is a long-winded name for a voltage-sensitive switch that constantly monitors your AC voltage input and output waveforms and then acts quickly, when necessary, to protect your valuable and sensitive electronic equipment from AC power line surges. If, and when, voltage on the protected line gets too high, the switch will close and divert the sudden flood of power away from your electronics.

Choosing to have a TVSS system installed is all about being prepared and protecting your assets—not only your company network but also your customers’ information. For many business owners, a TVSS system provides peace of mind and dependability. In the event of a lightning strike or other transient, a TVSS can save your business time and money.

For more information, please give us a call at 615-325-8082!