Many homeowners think that unexpected power surges only damage their electronics and appliances. While this is true, serious power surges can do a lot more damage than simply frying your computer. Surges can destroy your entire electrical system faster than a strike of lightning, so protect your assets with a whole-home surge protector. What is a whole-house surge protector and why should you care about it? We have created an outline of the benefits of investing in a surge protector.
What Causes a Power Surge?
A power surge is a sudden increase in the voltage supplied to an electric device and can even start fires. Power surges last about a fraction of a second, but can cause detrimental damage to your electrical system and technology. The most common causes of a power surge are fallen power lines, sudden power outages, and tripped circuit breakers. More serious and powerful surges can be caused by lightning strikes.
What Are Power Surge Protectors?
Protecting your home from a power surge requires a two-tiered approach. To do this, you’ll need a whole-home surge protector and a circuit protector.
A whole-home surge protector is hard-wired into your electrical panel. At a minimum, these types of surge protectors are designed to block a 40,000 amp surge. However, whole-house surge protectors can’t protect everything on their own. This is why you need to install a circuit protector in your home.
Most people are familiar with the multi-socket power strip surge protector. This type of plug-in surge protector acts as a buffer between your devices and wall outlets. Sometimes, whole-home surge protectors leak voltages during a power surge. When you use a circuit protector with a whole-home surge protector, you’re increasing the safety of your home.
Why You Need a Whole-House Surge Protector
Protecting your investments requires some investing. Here are our top four reasons why you should consider safeguarding your home with a whole-home surge protector:
1. Technology Protection
Modern homes have more technology than ever before. Almost every outlet in today’s household has a computer, pad, or smartphone plugged into it. These devices have important information that needs to be protected should a power surge occur. This is why it’s important to talk with a professional electrician about installing a whole-home surge protection system in your living space.
2. Internally Generated Surges
Many power surges come from your appliances. These surges can trace back to appliances that are sucking too much energy like microwaves, refrigerators, entertainment systems, and air conditioning systems. Internally generated surges are typically short and transient but can shorten the lifespan of your appliances over time.
No, we’re not talking about layering up for the cold—we’re talking about layering your entire home with whole-house surge protection. If you’re someone who has extensive and elaborate electronics, appliances, and devices scattered throughout your home, then layering surge protection is ideal. Using whole-home and circuit surge protection will connect to your electrical system and your device connections for optimum surge defense.
4. Complete Electrical System Protection
A whole-house surge protector does a lot more than guard your appliances and devices, it protects your entire electrical system from harm. This means that every single outlet in your home is safeguarded through a whole-house surge protector. Protect yourself and your family from electrical surges by contacting a licensed electrician to discuss complete electrical system protection.
Electrical Repair & Installation Services
Your entire electrical system and valuables can fry in the blink of an eye. Don’t risk losing what you’ve worked so hard for. Our team of electricians offer exceptional whole-home surge protector installation and replacement services for homes in New Jersey. In addition, our technicians provide other types of emergency electrical services such as electrical wiring replacement, electrical panel installation, lighting replacement, and ceiling fan installation. Our team of experienced technicians will work with you to determine the best surge protection option for your specific needs. If you need help with an electrical issue in your home, give our team of electricians a call at (732) 638-4317 to schedule an appointment.