Surge Device Installation & Protection
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Whether it’s from a lightning strike, tripped circuit breaker, electromagnetic pulse or even just turning on and off large appliances within the home, power surges are a common electronic phenomenon that can have major consequences for your electronics. And while it’s common for many households to purchase surge protector strips to safeguard certain appliances against these overvoltages, they don’t offer the widespread protection that is often necessary to completely protect a home. That’s where whole-house surge protector installation can help.
How Surge Protection Works
Temporary voltage spikes have the potential to travel throughout your entire electrical system, damaging electronics. This damage is often not sudden and all at once, but occurs over time and can result in a shorter overall lifespan for many electronic products. Whole-house surge protection is installed at the electric panel so that it offers complete protection over the entire property, reducing the high-level power surges that have the potential to overwhelm plug-in strips and damage electronics. What’s more is that whole-house surge protection also protects appliances that aren’t able to plug into a surge protector strip, such as refrigerators, HVAC systems, washers and dryers, ovens and more. As the name implies, whole-house surge protection is designed to adequately protect every single outlet within the home.
The Leading Causes of Power Surges
The most common reason power surges occur is due to electric outages. A storm may knock your power out, and once power is restored, electricity can surge unevenly through your electric wiring, causing a surge. Lightning is another common reason for power surges. Lightning can temporarily affect the flow of electricity, and lead to surges. Finally, faulty wiring or old electric circuits can cause power surges as well. Unfortunately, you cannot control or prevent power surges from occurring. This is why power surge protection is so important. It helps to prevent your electronics and appliances from being damaged by these surges that you cannot stop.
How a Whole House Surge Protector Is Installed
A whole-house surge protector is installed within your electric panel, also commonly called a breaker box, circuit breaker panel or fuse box. Installing the surge protector here helps to stop power surges directly from the point where electricity flows into your house. This is far more effective than using plug in surge protectors, which can only protect one outlet. The surge protector is wired into your panel, and the entire process takes about an hour. A great electrician will also inspect your electric panel prior to installing a whole house surge protector and let you know if you are in need of a replacement panel.
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Safeguarding Your Electronics: The Key Benefit of Whole-House Surge Protector Installation
While we've touched on many of the key benefits of whole-house surge protection, it's worth discussing a few more to truly put into context the value of this feature. Here's a closer look:
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