When considering upgrades for their homes, many homeowners in Louisville, CO and surrounding communities are more apt to think about services like heating and cooling before enhancing electrical safety comes to mind. When it does, our team at Save Home Heat Company recommends that you take the time to learn about whole-home electrical surge protectors and consider whether one would be a good investment for your home.
Save Home Heat has been serving Louisville homeowners for over 40 years. You can have confidence that our professional advice and recommendations are strongly rooted in serving your best interests and needs. We will never pressure you to make a purchase and will always patiently answer all your questions and supply ample amounts of information, so that you can make purchasing decisions that you’ll feel good about for many years to come.
Why Should You Consider a Whole-House Electrical Surge Protector?
Like many others in the Boulder-Denver area, Louisville residents are no strangers to electrical storms during the warm summer months and the impact they can have on our homes. Nearby lightning strikes can make you jump and if you’re unlucky enough, power surges in your electrical system could possibly zap some circuits and appliances in your home at the same time.
On top of that, there are many other potential sources of electrical surges, both external and inside of your home, that if large enough, could wreak havoc with your appliances, devices, and even your home’s electrical system. Just think about the many ‘smart’ devices and appliances in your home. A power surge occurs when an excess of electrical current attempts to enter an electrical system that cannot handle it. If great enough, the surge can travel through the circuits and wiring in your home, leaving a variety of damage in its wake.
A solution that can help you minimize or possibly avoid major, costly damage when an electrical surge enters your home is the installation of a whole-house electrical surge protector. Providing a blanket level of electrical surge protection for all the electrically powered appliances and devices in your home, these products continue to grow in popularity with homeowners all along the Front Range.
While many homeowners typically associate electrical surges with lightning storms, power surges are also associated with a variety of other sources, and not just during the summer, but on a year round basis. 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
Symptoms that may point toward potentially harmful internal electrical surges include brief dimming of lights when a major appliance turns on, regular tripping of circuit breakers, charred, discolored outlets, or even a humming sound from your electrical service panel.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to call to your trusted electrician asap. In the Denver-Boulder area, our team at Save Home Heat is prepared to professionally respond to your call.
How Do Whole-Home Electrical Surge Protectors Work?
Without getting too deep into the wiring details, a whole-house power surge protector helps safeguard your home by detecting overload electrical current, regardless of whether the source in external or inside your home, and directing it safely into the ground through the system’s ground wire, away from your home and your electrical system.
According to many sources, it’s estimated that most families have at least $15,000 worth of electrical appliances and devices in their homes. Whether a conservative estimate of not, this includes everything from your heating and cooling system, washer and dryer, kitchen appliances, audio and video, to computers, phones, and much more. Consider the impact that one major power surge could potentially have in your home, and it makes good sense to learn more about whole-home surge protectors.
What Is a Whole Home Surge Protector?
A whole-house surge protector is a relatively compact electrical device that is connected to, and is either attached directly to your home’s main electrical panel or in close proximity to it. The surge protector does it job by detecting a power surge coming from either an external or an internal source, and directing the excessive current ‘to ground,’ away from the home and your electrical system. Whole-home surge protectors are referred to as Type 2 electrical devices, which means that they are permanently installed, becoming an integral part of your electrical system.
While quality surge protector style power strips do indeed provide a basic level of electrical surge protection, there are times when those products simply aren’t up to the job of handling a significant surge. Remember, as well, that many electrical products like a refrigerator or a microwave cannot normally be plugged plug into one of those surge strips due to factors such kitchen layout constraints.
So, many important products in your home may not have even that level of protection. In other cases and locations, there just may not be the motivation to employ surge strips virtually ‘everywhere.’ Lastly, you may be dealing with an item that’s wired directly into your home’s electrical system. The important takeaway: Whether you’re using a portable surge strip or not, a whole-home surge protector provides a level of blanket protection for all the items in your home that consume electricity. If a major power surge should occur, this could be the difference between just resetting circuit breakers or incurring costly damage.
For even greater electrical surge protection, surge protectors can also be installed to safeguard high priority appliances or circuits in your home. When used together with a whole-house surge protector, this double-layered approach provides optimal home surge protection.
Your Trusted Team for Electrical Surge Protectors in Louisville, CO
At Save Home Heat Company, our priority is to help you find solutions that make the most sense for your home and your needs. Our company philosophy is strongly rooted in listening carefully to our customers, providing ample amounts of information, and patiently and fully answering all questions so that you can make purchasing decisions that will you’ll feel good about and will stand the test of time. You will never be pressured to make a decision, and if there are options that our team feels make sense to consider, we’ll present them to you in a stress-free manner. You can rely on our long-term commitment to serving you to the best of our ability, and striving to exceed your expectations every time you provide us the opportunity to work in your home.
If you would like to learn more about whole-house electrical surge protectors, or to receive a free, no obligation installation quote, please reach out to our team today.
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