Why Whole House Surge Protection Is More Important Than Ever
We’re talking about whole house surge protection that keeps everything that plugs into an outlet, plus phone, fax, cable and modem lines, guarded against damaging swells in electricity.
Whole-house surge protective devices (SPDs) are typically wired to the electric service box and protect all the appliances and electrical systems in a home. They typically cost about $200 to $500, but when you think about the cost of replacing all of the electronics in your home (including appliances, TVs, game systems, computers, etc.), it’s a very small price to pay for that protection.
Did you know there are two types of surges?
Think beyond the power strip! Not all surge protectors live up to their name; some are little more than glorified extension cords. A surge will follow any wire into a house, phone and cable lines included, and threaten fax and answering machines, televisions, satellite systems, computers, and modems. Delicate electronic circuitry has proliferated our lives, leaving common appliances as vulnerable as computers to the effects of surges.
How is whole house surge protection different?
Like many of the surge suppression strips we’re used to, whole house surge protectors use metal oxide varistors (MOVs), to shunt power surges. However, unlike the MOVs found in a power cord that can fail with one good hit of extra juice, MOVs in whole house protection systems are built to withstand larger surges for years. They are becoming so popular that homebuilders are offering whole house surge protection systems as add-on features to boost marketability and appeal to buyers.
Why should you have whole house surge protection at the electrical service panel?
An appliance or system on a dedicated circuit, like an air conditioning unit, will send the surge back through the breaker panel, where it can be shunted to protect everything else in the home. Back-up power generators can be a big culprit. If they’re connected to the electrical service to provide power to many circuits in the home and turn on automatically when power goes out, they can send power surges through the electrical lines that a whole-house surge protection system can shunt.
Overvoltages on the utility lines can also harm systems in the home, which is a prime reason for whole-house surge protection at the electrical service panel.
What about a lightning strike?
There is virtually no surge protection for a direct lighting strike. If you’re concerned about that, you will want to consider a lighting rod.
Is there a “best approach” to whole home surge protection?
Do you feel more emPOWERed now to make a good decision about whole house surge protection? In about two hours, our licensed and experienced On Time electricians can upgrade your electrical service panel with the safeguards your valuable components need. If the “amp math” seems daunting, don’t worry, we do it every day and we’re happy to offer you a FREE consultation on the best electric surge protection for your home or small business.
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