Why Should I Consider A Whole-House Electrical Surge Protector?
It’s lightning season all along the Colorado Front Range, and while we’re certainly aware of the dangers of lightning, one of the things some people may not be familiar with is the effects lightning can have on your home electronics and appliances. Electrical surges from lightning, and from other internal and external sources, results in costly damage in thousands of homes every year. You may think that the surge protector strips you have plugged into some of your wall outlets are enough, but in many cases, they simply don’t provide adequate protection, even when they are plugged in as directed.
External Sources of Electrical Surges:
- Downed or Damaged Utility Lines
- Lightning strikes*
- Utility Grid Transfers
- Intentional Power Outages
*Note, there is no reliable protection against a direct lightning strike.
Internal Sources of Electrical Surges – Units Turning On/Off:
- Garage Door Openers
- AC Compressors
- Furnace Fans
- Shop Tools (Air compressors, Power Saws, Welder, etc.)
While a surge of electricity can come from a variety of sources, the important thing to understand is that electricity can travel through your electrical system (outlets), telephone lines, and cable lines. Anything that’s connected to those sources can be damaged by an electrical surge. Think of your television, computers, charging cell phones, and other household electronics and appliances. The amount of time, data, and money that can potentially be lost is not a small consideration! With quality whole-house electrical surge protectors, you can provide significantly greater protection for your home.
What Does A Whole-House Electrical Surge Protector Do?
When a power surge occurs in or near your home, a whole-house electrical surge protector diverts that excess electricity into the ground away from your home and your home’s wiring. This is a far better option than relatively inexpensive surge strips, many of which – but not all – are often little more than just a glorified power strip.
High quality whole-house surge protectors, installed by the main breaker box, are available to provide blanket protection for your entire home. For the ultimate electrical surge defense, surge protectors can also be installed safeguarding specific appliances or circuits. In combination with a whole house surge protector, this double-pronged approach is best.
For Optimum Electrical Surge Protection, Contact Your Trusted Electrician
When you need the best in electrical surge protection for you, your family, and your home, speak with your trusted professional electrician for surge protector recommendations. We recommend scheduling an annual inspection of your complete electrical system, to provide the peace of mind that only an experienced, skilled set of eyes can provide.
In the Denver-Boulder area, contact Save Home Heat Company today for electrical services that you can rely on, from a company that always has your best interests in mind. Please call us for any of your home heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing needs.