Do I Need Whole House Surge Protection?

§ July 6th, 2015 § Filed under Electrical Tips § No Comments

Today we’re going to talk about a boring subject; whole house surge protection. Odds are if you’re reading this, you are trying to figure out if your house needs to be protected, and you’re just not sure where to begin. That’s where we come in. As experienced electricians, we understand exactly why whole house surge protection is important. In fact, surge protection isn’t boring at all. It’s actually very important for the safety of your home and family.

Whole House Surge Protection = Protection from Over-Voltage

When you install a whole house surge protection device in your home, it protects your home from over-voltages from the utility. In turn, this protects your devices from surges. Think of whole house surge protection like a bouncer at a fancy night club. It lets in only the electricity you need, and keeps all the unruly over-voltages out. Surges can be caused by any number of issues.

• Lightning Strikes
• Downed Power Lines
• Faulty Home Wiring
• Problems with Utility Equipment
• Electronic Equipment in Your Home

Most people think that the biggest cause of power surges are lightning strikes. In fact, 80% of power surges actually originate in your own home. Electrical devices that use a lot of energy include refrigerators, power tools, and air conditioners.

How Whole House Surge Protection Works

Whole house surge protection devices (SPDs) use high-quality metal oxide varistors (MOVs) that redirect large surges. They are usually wired to the electric service box. This protects all the electrical systems and appliances in your home. In today’s world, there are many more devices than in the past.  Technology plugged into your home could be destroyed or damaged during a power surge. This includes your washer, dryer, TV, blenders, answering machines, air conditioners, fax machines, microwaves, clocks, water heaters, and any other device that is plugged in. There is a lot to protect, and relying on your circuit breaker to protect you is foolish. Circuit breakers only protect against over current, while whole house surge protection protects against a voltage spike.

Install Whole House Surge Protection

If you wish to install whole house surge protection in your home, contact an experienced electrician you can trust. Work with someone who has years of experience and is certified and licensed in your area. There is a lot at stake with whole house surge protection – you need to work with an electrician you can trust.

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