Skip to Content

Find the Power: Considerations Before Installing Surge Protectors

Surge protector

Installing surge protectors can prevent the power of storms from damaging your electronics. Every year storms cause power surges that can potentially cause damage to your central A/C unit. Lightning can severely affect your electrical system. If that’s not enough, surges can come from inside the home such as from older equipment. If you’re interested in protecting your home and gaining greater peace of mind this year, you might want to consider whole-home surge protection.

Risks of not Installing Surge Protectors

You may experience damage to electronic equipment or big appliances like your HVAC without surge protection. You risk the following areas if you are not surge protected

  • If you have your sensitive equipment, such as your computer, plugged into power strips they can still become damaged during a power surge or if lightning strikes
  • Risk of electrical fire goes up during storm season because of electrical damage.
  • Lightning strikes not only fry the wiring in your home but also cause the surrounding structures to ignite.

Benefits of Whole-House Surge Protection

Surge protection helps homeowners protect electronics from electrical surges. This can give your electronics a longer life with less wear and tear. Whole-house surge protection helps reduce the expense of replacing big appliances, big screen TVs, and computers. As an added benefit and because not all electronic equipment is created the same, you can layer whole house surge protection to give extra coverage to special electronics such as your home theater system. A whole-house surge protection unit even helps decrease the risks caused by electrical storms. You can rest easier knowing that your house and its electronics are protected. So, why should you consider investing in surge protectors? Check out the following bits of advice.

1.Our Electric Society

Most of what we add to our household is electronic. We buy and use green tools like smart thermostats that help to regulate our home. We buy amazing electronic entertainment systems with surround sound and theater-like lighting. Our computers, tablets, and smart devices are central to our daily activities. Even appliances are more than just plugged into the wall. Our coffee pot, washer and dryer, fridge, and range are all smart devices. The more we add electronics to our homes, the more we need surge protection.

2. Interior Power Surges

Around 80 percent of power surges come from inside the home. When your HVAC or A/C turns off it can cause a power surge inside of your home. The reason is that the residual power in the line that would normally feed the HVAC needs someplace to go. It races through your home’s wiring looking for an exit route. When it hits your laptop or big-screen TV it can cause damage. Electricity always looks for the path of least resistance. If that is to your appliances or electronics damage can occur. Internal power surges are caused when a large appliance shuts off.

3. Protecting Your Home’s Infrastructure

One of the most powerful protections you gain from a whole house surge protector is that it protects the home’s internal wiring and outlets. The massive increase in electricity being channeled through your home’s wiring during a power surge is much hotter than the regular electrical load. It can melt wiring or damage outlets. It is a big expense to have to test and replace your home’s electric wires. It means pulling wire through walls to reach outlets. It may also mean digging up and threading wiring through conduits. A surge protector helps eliminate the risk of physical damage to the wiring in your home.

4. Layer surge protection

Electronics, such as your home theater system should have an additional set of protection. Layering the protection to specific groups of gadgets helps add additional protection to those electronics that are more sensitive than others. Home theaters, computers, and big appliances are prime candidates for layered protection. A good way to determine what should have layered surge protection is to look at electronics that are not covered by your homeowner’s insurance, that might cost more than $200 to replace, or that might hold information that cannot be recovered or replaced. A good example would be a home office where your electronic equipment is necessary and where data is difficult to replace.

5. Quality Is Important

Not all surge protectors are created equally. Some brands and models of whole house power surge protectors offer reduced coverage during a power surge. Others may charge more for the same coverage. Consult an electrician to ensure you’re properly protected.

Much of this revolves around adding unexpected expenses such as deductibles for homeowner’s insurance policies, recovering data, and replacing essential electronics. Because everyone’s budget is different, it becomes necessary that we evaluate these considerations based on our own circumstances. Don’t wait. Installing surge protectors is useful for your home and easy.

Call Excel Electric LLC today for more information on installing surge protectors!

Share To: