Whole house surge protection prevents power surges from happening, without one the damages can be devastating. Most homeowners may think of lightning storms when mentioning a power surge, but most power surges happen inside your home, storm or no storm. Appliances like your computers or entertainment system are especially susceptible to power surges, and sometimes the problem is much worse than a fried computer. Power surges can cause sparks which can start an electrical fire. They can happen anywhere and are almost impossible to detect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prevent power surges from happening in your home. Luckily there are whole house surge protectors.
How Whole House Surge Protection Benefits You
A power surge is a spike in your home’s electrical current, it can be caused by a number of things such as power outages, tripped circuit breakers, power transitions between appliances, or malfunctions caused by your power company. Whole house surge protectors are designed to protect up to 40,000 amps of current flowing into your home, safely diverting it to the house’s grounding path, and protecting your appliances for years. Protecting your entire home with surge protectors requires a professional installation, but the benefits are worth it. Here’s how whole house surge protectors can help you.
- You save money. It may cost money to have a whole house surge protector installed in your home, but it costs, even more, money to replace fried appliances caused by a power surge. Installing a whole house surge protector is like installing insurance for your appliances. Power surges are common, but they can cause a lot of damage if your appliances aren’t properly protected.
- Your electronics are protected. Protecting your appliances not only saves you money and the trouble of shopping for a replacement, a whole house surge protector protects irreplaceable items such as photos and data. Most modern appliances have built-in circuit boards which can fry instantly if there’s a big enough power surge.
- It prevents electrical house fires. Power surges destroy appliances, but they can also start electrical fires. When power spikes, it can cause sparks, which can result in an electrical fire. Investing in a whole house surge protector can drastically reduce your chances of an electrical fire.
The Warning Signs of a Power Surge
It’s best to have as much electrical protection as possible, but even a whole house surge protector can’t protect your home from every power surge. That’s why it’s important to know when it’s time to add a plug-in surge protector. Some appliances are more likely to experience power surges than others and may require a plug-in surge protector, like your computer or stereo system. It’s best to be proactive than reactive, but sometimes the best you can do is to spot a problem early. Most power surges can be prevented with the right tools, but some, unfortunately, are hard to avoid. To protect your appliances, here are a few warning signs to watch out for.
- Old age. If you already use surge protectors, it’s important to remember that they don’t have a set year lifespan. A surge protector’s lifespan is measured in joules, specifically how many joules it can absorb at once. A 100-joule surge protector, for example, will need to be replaced as soon as it absorbs a 100 joule hit. A good rule of thumb, however, is to replace your plug-in surge protectors after a couple of years.
- Frequent power outages. A home that isn’t protected from power surges will likely experience more power outages. Frequent power outages aren’t just disruptive, they can cause a great deal of damage to your appliances.
- Frequent repairs and replacements. All appliances break down over time, but if you’re constantly repairing your electronics, the issue might not be with the appliances themselves. A home without whole house surge protection leaves all your appliances vulnerable to power surges and outages.
- Warning lights. Luckily most surge protectors come with the convenience of a built-in warning light, which indicates when it needs to be replaced. If your home has a plug in surge protectors, it’s a good idea to make it a habit of periodically checking the warning lights.
Don’t Leave Your Electronics Exposed
Power surges are common, but what’s scary is the amount of damage they can do to your home and appliances. Installing a whole house surge protector might initially sound like a pricey investment, but it can save you thousands by protecting all your most expensive appliances. Don’t wait to start protecting your electronics. Call a licensed electrician to install a whole house surge protector today.
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