With advanced technology taking over everything from appliances to computers and cars, today’s homes are more wired than ever before. This increase in power consumption means that power surges can occur with more frequency than they once did, and along with them the potential to cause damage to appliances and circuit boards.
Whole home surge protectors keep your home’s electrical system safe from damaging voltage spikes. They are essential for keeping your smart home devices performing optimally and can act as the first line of defense against surge-caused electrical fires.
Where Surges Originate
You may be surprised to learn that the majority of electrical surges have nothing to do with lightening or the weather at all. The fact is that approximately 80% of electrical surges are caused by appliances and systems in the home, such as washer/dryers, backup generators, and air conditioners. These surges can take place when the appliances cycles on and off.
How a Surge Protector Works
A surge protector protects your whole home from power surges, including the wiring, outlets, electronics and appliances. Unlike the smaller “plug and play” surge protectors you might use with your computer or TV, a whole home surge protector is professionally hardwired into your home’s electrical system. It works by allowing only the electricity your home needs and shunting over-voltages.
Since a surge can travel through various lines in your home, including network cables, phone lines, and power lines, a powerful surge can do damage to a lot of expensive appliances and electronics. These items include:
- Home entertainment equipment
- Major appliances
- Your HVAC system
Contact an Electrician to Learn More
While whole home surge protectors can be found at your local home improvement store, installing one should be left to the professionals.
If you’re interested in learning more about whole home surge protectors, or if you’re interested in scheduling an installation appointment, be sure to visit our listings of local electrical professionals in your area.