Certain aspects of electrical safety may get overlooked when thinking about possible home upgrades. While important systems such home heating or cooling might be closer to the top of your mind, thinking about your home’s electrical system more often than just when there’s a problem is an idea that homeowners in Littleton and surrounding Denver area communities may want to take the time to consider. One of the electrical upgrades that more and more homeowners are making on their homes is the installation of a whole-house electrical surge protector.
Whole-home surge protectors help safeguard you against not only electrical power surges from nearby lightning strikes (but not, unfortunately, direct hits), they also help prevent high levels of electricity from many other sources, both external to and inside your home, from wreaking havoc in your home’s electrical system. They’re a great ‘electrical insurance policy’ for your home and for the many electrically powered appliances and devices you have inside and out. A properly specified, professionally installed quality surge protector could help you avoid a variety of costly damage.
Our highly skilled, experienced electrical team at Save Home Heat Company can assist you in learning more about whole-home electrical surge protectors and provide a highly informative, low-pressure quote to install a unit that’s well matched for your needs.
What Are Electrical Surges and Why Do Homes Need Protecting?
Like many cities along the Front Range, Littleton sees its fair share of electrical storms during the summer months. These electrical storms, while certainly spectacular at times, are just one of many sources that can lead to electrical surges in your home.
An electrical surge, whether its origin is external or internal to a home, results in excessive amounts of electrical current attempting to overload an electrical system. Large surges can cause the electrical overload to travel thru wiring around the home and potentially damage devices that are plugged into or connected to that electrical circuit, or circuits. Large surges can also damage wiring, breakers, and the main service panel. You can see that in a worst case scenario, it can get costly. Just think for a moment about the many ‘smart’ devices and appliances that we have in our homes these days.
Quality surge protector strips may be able to provide a certain level of protection for specific locations in a home, but often the protection may not be enough, as well as leave out other valuable belongings that it can’t accommodate. And remember, too, there’s lots of valuable appliances and other devices in a home that can’t plug into a strip, or are hardwired into the electrical system. Think of refrigerators, convection ovens, lighting, hot tubs, and lots more.
While many homeowners associate electrical surges with lightning storms, surges are often associated with other sources, both external and internal to your home, and on a year round basis, not just during the summer months. There may be more risk than you think.
Common External Sources of Electrical Surges:
- Downed or damaged utility lines
- Utility grid transfers
- Intentional power outages
- Lightning strikes*
*There is no reliable protection against a direct lightning strike.
Internal Sources of Electrical Surges Include:
- High electrical draw appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, AC compressors, furnace fans, shop tools, and garage openers – turning on & off
- Damaged wiring
- Overloaded outlets
Some of the common electrical symptoms that might potentially point in the direction of internal electrical surges include dimming of lights when an major appliance turns on, regular tripping of circuit breakers that appear to be in good condition, discolored electrical outlets, or a humming sound from the service panel.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend consulting your trusted electrician immediately. In the Denver-Boulder area, your call to our team at Save Home Heat will be handled promptly and professionally.
How Do Electrical Surge Protectors Work?
Without diving into a ton of electrical minutia, a whole-house electrical power surge protector helps to safeguard your home and all your valuable belongings that are connected to your electrical system. It does its job by detecting excessive electrical current, regardless of whether the source of the surge is from outside or inside of your home, and directing it away from your house and electrical system, into the ground away from the house through your system’s ground wire.
According to many sources, it’s estimated that the ‘average’ family has at least $15,000 worth of electrical appliances and devices in their home. Whether or not this is a conservative number, this includes everything from your furnace and air conditioner, to your washer and dryer, frig., audio and video computers, phones, and much more. At a conservative estimate, the numbers add up quick. Then consider the impact that one major electrical power surge could have in your home and it makes sense to learn more about installing a whole-home surge protector.
What Is a Whole Home Surge Protector?
Quality surge protector power strips provide a basic level of electrical surge protection, but there are times when those products simply won’t be adequate to handle a significant surge. Remember that many electrical products, such as a microwave or a refrigerator, normally cannot plug into one of those surge strips due to kitchen layout constraints. There’s other examples all around your home.
In other cases and locations around the house, there just may not be the motivation to use surge strips ‘everywhere;’ in addition, you may be dealing with an item that’s wired directly into your home’s electrical system. So whether you’re using a portable surge strip or not, a whole-home surge protector provides a greater level of blanket protection for all the items in your home that consume electricity.
If a major surge occurs, this could be the difference between simply resetting circuit breakers and incurring costly damage. A whole-house electrical surge protector is a compact electrical device that normally attaches directly to your home’s main electrical panel, or in close proximity. When the surge protector detects a power surge coming from either an external or an internal source, the device directs the excessive current away from the home and your system, ‘to ground.’ Whole-home surge protectors are known as Type 2 electrical devices, meaning that they are permanently installed as part of your electrical system.
For even greater electrical surge protection, dedicated surge protectors may also be installed to safeguard specific appliances or circuits in the home. Used together with a whole-house surge protector, this double-prong approach provides the ultimate home surge protection system.
Your Trusted Team for Electrical Surge Protectors in Littleton
You can rely on the experience and expertise of our electrical team at Save Home Heat Company to provide you with the proven solutions and quality products that will stand the test of time in your home. We are dedicated to providing you with high levels of service, and will do our best to exceed your expectations whenever you give us the opportunity to work in your home. Your safety is our number one priority.
For more information about whole-house electrical surge protectors, or to receive a free, low-pressure install quote, please reach out to our team today!
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