With today’s connected world, and many of us still working from home, the need to protect our electrical circuits, and the devices they power, is more important than ever before. If you look in your box of wires and extension cords, you’ll likely find a power bar with surge protection, but that isn’t enough to protect everything. That’s where whole-home surge protectors come in. Learn about their benefits here!
First, let’s talk about power surges and how they’re caused. A lightning strike power surge is the worst of the worst. A lightning bolt that hits with a 200,000 amp strike can run through standard wiring like flame through a firework wick. While they are the least likely to happen, they do cause the most damage. Far more common are smaller surges that cause small amounts of damage over time; a change in fluctuation from turning high energy devices on and off, or changes in use at local factories, or large buildings. These cause immediate damage, but it may take time for that damage to affect your devices. A small surge that you may not even notice can harm a device, and six months later, that device stops working, seemingly out of the blue.
While surge protectors built into power strips, or purpose-made surge protectors offer some protection, the ideal solution is a whole home surge protector hard-wired into your home’s service panel. These offer greater protection than purpose-built, or power strips can provide. A whole-home surge protector installed by a licensed electrician can stop up to 85% of excess voltage, protecting your devices, and appliances. Paired with power surge strips, you can build a system that keeps everything safe and running smoothly.
Installing a whole-home power surge protector is a great decision in helping protect your home’s appliances, devices, and in some cases, your livelihood. Do you have questions about options or installation? We’d love to hear from you!