Electrical safety may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about making improvements and upgrades to your home. But for residents in Westminster, CO and surrounding communities, it can be just as important an aspect to consider as your heating, cooling, or plumbing systems. In an area that’s known for lightning storms every summer, it may be a good time for you to learn more about an electrical safety device known as whole-house electrical surge protector, and consider adding one to your home.
Think of a whole home surge protector as an ‘electrical insurance policy’ that could potentially save you thousands of dollars and tons of aggravation in the event that a significant power surge attempts to overrun your home’s electrical system. It’s not as uncommon as you may think, especially when you consider that nearby lightning strikes are just one of many sources, both external to and inside your home, of potentially damaging electrical surges.
Our electrical team at Save Home Heat Company is well versed and very experienced at specifying and installing quality surge protectors. Our strong commitment to serving the best interests of our customers in the Boulder-Denver area spans over 40 years, and gives you the peace of mind that we’ll be here to support you fully and professionally, now and in the future.
Why Should You Consider a Whole-House Power Surge Protector?
Living in the Westminster area, you’ve undoubtedly experienced electrical storms during the summer season, and may have had a lightning strike in the nearby vicinity (hopefully not too close!) impact your home’s electrical system. If this has been the case with you, with any luck nothing was zapped too hard and possibly some circuit breakers just needed to be reset. The next time, you may not be so fortunate, and in addition, the blow could possibly come from an unexpected direction. In the case of lightning, you’re certainly seeing the most dramatic version of a power surge, but that kind of impressive weather event is only one of many sources of surges that could potentially wreak electrical havoc in your home.
An electrical surge occurs when an excessive amount of electrical current attempts to enter your home’s electrical system. As alluded to above, depending on the magnitude of the surge, large amounts of electricity could potentially travel through the electrical devices and wiring in your home, causing a variety of damage along the way. It could get costly, and it could happen more often than you think. Think for a moment about all the ‘smart’ devices and appliances in your home, and the stakes you may be risking.
So what’s the best solution, that will help protect your home’s electrical system and your many electrically powered appliances and devices? A whole-house electrical surge protector is a safety device built for that purpose, and while there’s no reliable protection against a direct lightning strike, a professionally installed, quality surge protection system for your home can help avoid or minimize the impacts of a wide variety of electrical power surges that could attempt to enter your home.
While many homeowners associate electrical surges with lightning storms, the majority of power surges come from a variety of other sources – and on a year-round basis, not just during volatile weather periods in the summer. 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 electrical symptoms that may indicate the presence of potentially harmful internal electrical surges include regular tripping of circuit breakers, a brief dimming of lights when an appliance turns on, discolored, warm, or funky smelling electrical outlets, or even a humming sound from the electrical panel.
If you’re encountering any of these symptoms, we recommend contacting your trusted electrician as soon as possible. In the Denver-Boulder area, you can count on our team at Save Home Heat to respond to your call promptly and professionally.
How Do Whole-House Power Surge Protectors Work?
Without burying you in lots of electrical wiring details, a whole-house power surge protector helps safeguard you and your home by detecting excessive electrical current and directing it away from your home and electrical system before it can run unchallenged through the house. The overload is routed safely into the ground away from the house though your electrical system’s grounding wire. This is done regardless of whether the cause of the surge is external to your home or if it comes from inside the house.
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 or not this is a conservative number, this includes everything from your heating and cooling systems, to kitchen appliances, audio and video, phones, computers, coffee makers, and so much more. If you stop to consider the impact that just one major electrical power surge could have in your home, it makes good sense to learn more about whole-home surge protectors, and consider having one installed.
What Is a Whole Home Surge Protector?
A whole-house electrical surge protector is a relatively compact electrical device that is connected to your home’s main service panel. When an electrical surge is detected, regardless of whether the source is outside of or internal to your home, it does its job by directing the excessive current safely away from the house, ‘to ground.’ Whole-house surge protectors are classified as Type 2 electrical devices, meaning that they are permanently installed and are an integral part of your electrical system.
High quality power strip types of surge protectors do indeed provide a certain amount of protection, but there are times when that’s just not enough. Remember, too, that many appliances like a refrigerator or a convection oven typically cannot plug into those types of surge strips due to factors such as room design and appliance locations.
Certain appliances don’t even give you the option, as they are hardwired directly into your system (not uncommon). So whether or not you’re making use of a portable surge strip, a whole-home power surge protector provides an additional level of blanket protection for all the products in your home that consume electricity.
In some cases, this could prove to be the difference having to reset ‘thrown’ breakers or deal with potentially costly repairs of replacing damaged electronics. For enhanced protection, a surge protector can also be installed for specific, high priority appliances or circuits in your home. Used together with a whole-house surge protector, this double-pronged approach provides optimal surge protection.
Your Trusted Team for Reliable Power Surge Protectors In Westminster
Our team at Save Home Heat Company is strongly committed to professionally serving the needs of our homeowners in Westminster and all around the Boulder-Denver area, and we’ve been doing it for over four decades. Our business philosophy is deeply rooted providing ample amount of information to our customers, and patiently and fully answering all questions in a friendly, low-pressure manner so they can make decisions that will provide peace of mind and stand the test of time. We vow to do our very best to exceed your expectations every time you provide us the opportunity to work in your home.
For more information about whole-house electrical surge protectors, or to receive a free, no obligation install quote, low-pressure installation quote, please reach out to our team today!
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