A whole house surge protector protects all the appliances and electronics in your home from voltage spikes. The spike is very fast, usually only lasting less than a thousandth of a second.
A power surge can occur for several reasons, including utility grid transfers, lightning, blackouts and power outages, damaged utility lines or even devices in your home turning on and off. While many think of power surges occurring during a storm, the average home experiences many small power surges throughout the day.
Between 60 to 80% of surges are generated internally, usually from major appliances cycling on and off. However, even these small surges can cause significant damage to your home’s electronics. A surge protector limits excess electrical current by blocking its flow or shorting it to the ground like a pressure relief valve.
Do I Need a Whole House Surge Protector?
As electronics are becoming more integrated into today’s homes, the need for a whole house surge protector is higher than ever before. While most insurance companies don’t give discounts for surge protectors, the National Fire Protection Association to the Institute for Business and Home Safety highly recommends that each house have one. This device will quickly pay for itself in the event of a power surge. Give your home the protection it needs with the help of the professionals at MB Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric.
What Should I look for in a Good Surge Protector?
There are many different surge protectors on the market, and you should choose the one that fits your home’s needs best. Generally, with surge protectors, the “bigger” the better, with bigger meaning a higher Joule rating. A joule rating is the capacity of the surge protector to absorb electrical spikes. Look for a surge protector with a “600 Joules” rating or higher.
The best type of protection you can get is a whole house surge protector. This is a single device that connects to your main electrical panel and protects your entire house against power surges. Whole house surge protection devices can even help protect your electronics against lightning strikes. If lightning hits nearby and an electrical spike occurs in the main electrical line, the device will reduce the surge before it even enters your home.
DIY Whole House Surge Protector Installation
Unless you are highly skilled in electrical work, it’s strongly recommended to hire a professional electrician to install surge protectors due to their complexity. Typically, this service takes only two hours, and improper installation could cause significant safety risks to your home, appliances and family.
Call MB Cooling, Heating, Electrical & Plumbing
Our team understands that you’ve invested a lot in your home’s electronics. Installing a whole home surge protection system is the best way to protect your investment. Call the team at MB to discuss what system will best suit your needs and budget!