Summer storms make power outages much more likely, but did you know that there are actually different kinds of power outages?

Now that summer is officially here, many people in the great city of Cincinnati are preparing themselves for summer thunder storms and the power outages they bring. When a power outage is over, the accompanying power surge can irreversibly damage your computer and other electronics, so check out our previous blog to learn how to protect your electronics from power surges. It’s also important to note that not all power outages are made equal, and there are actually three main types:

#1. Blackouts

Blackouts are what most people think of when they think of power outages, and if there is a blackout, it means that there has been a total interruption in power. Blackouts are almost always accidental.

#2. Rolling Blackouts

A rolling blackout is when the power company chooses to cut the power to a specific area, sometimes over an entire grid. Rolling blackouts are often executed to prevent the system from being overtaxed, because there isn’t enough power being produced or for scheduled maintenance. Typically, you’ll get a notice about a controlled outage in your area.

#3. Brownouts

In a brownout, the power is decreased by the electric company in order to prevent an all-out blackout. Brownouts are otherwise employed because of inadequate power quality caused by outdated electrical lines and to provide relief for voltage requirements in systems that are over stressed. In a brownout, you should retain most of the primary electrical functions in your home, including the lighting, cooling or heating.

Do you have any questions about the different types of power outages? If so, contact our electrician in Cincinnati today!