With Charleston’s infamous summer thunderstorms on the way, it’s time to think about your home’s surge protection needs. Utility maintenance, substation changes, and lightning strikes generate damaging transient voltages that can destroy valuable appliances and electronics in the blink of an eye. That’s when surge protectors can help.
How Whole-Home Surge Protectors Work
You probably already use surge protectors to safeguard your computers and valuable electronics, but whole-house products go a step further. These systems are typically installed near your electric meter or main breaker box. If the device detects a power surge, it diverts the current through multiple grounding pathways to protect all of your appliances, including HVAC equipment, microwaves, TVs and stereos.
Benefits of Surge Protection
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, 95 percent of homeowners whose equipment was damaged purchase surge protective devices shortly after the event. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Invest in a surge protector now because utility companies won’t reimburse you for equipment damage, and most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover power surges either. Here are some of the other benefits.
- Service entrance surge arresters protect your home’s electrical system as well as your phone and cable lines.
- Multipath systems can handle induced surges caused by summer thunderstorms as well as internal power variances that shorten the life of appliances and electronics.
- Whole-home SPDs safeguard plug-in devices and hard-wired equipment, including your HVAC system.
- Warranties protect the unit from defects and include up to $100,000 in damage coverage for your personal property.
Electrical Inspections and Installations
Surge protectors are not a substitute for proper grounding. If you’re unsure about the integrity of your electrical system, have our licensed electricians perform a safety inspection. To learn more about the benefits of whole-home surge suppressors, check out our website, or call Mister Sparky® of Charleston at (843) 418-0696 .