Surge protection is nothing new; if you own a computer or HDTV, there’s a good chance you have those electronics plugged into surge protection devices right now. But instead of buying individual devices to protect your electronics one outlet at a time, you can have surge protection wired directly into your home’s electrical panel, turning your home into one giant surge protector.
A whole-home surge protection strategy offers loads of convenience, and depending on how many devices and appliances you need to protect, it can be more affordable than purchasing several individual surge protectors. It will also extend protection to major appliances for which surge protection adapters aren’t readily available.
Surges Can Come at Any Time
We usually think of surge protectors saving our devices from surges caused by lightning strikes -- this time of year, that’s top of mind for homeowners throughout North America. But those aren’t the only zaps you need to worry about. If a storm or other event knocks out power to your home, for instance, a surge will typically course through your system at the moment power is restored. This may also happen if you restore power with your own backup generator.
Surges may happen without you even realizing it. If you ever notice the lights slightly flickering in your home, that’s usually because of an electrical surge. These typically won’t completely fry your electronics or appliances, but repeated minor surges can shave months or years off their operational lives.
The High Cost of Surge Damage
Our high-end electronics are usually the highest priority when it comes to using surge protectors, but it’s important to keep in mind that a sufficient electrical surge can harm most of the appliances in your home, as well. As appliances like refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers become more sophisticated and equipped with smart technology, it’s all the more important that their sensitive components receive protection.
This is even true for your HVAC system. Major power surges can do heavy damage to furnaces and air conditioners, even when they’re not in use. Shaving years of life off such major equipment can cost you thousands of dollars over a lifetime of homeownership. Worst case scenario: a surge can damage your HVAC system to the point that replacement is warranted.
So if you’re concerned about the threat of power surges, consider contacting a knowledgeable local electrician who can offer a free estimate and explain everything that whole-home surge protection entails.