The Importance of Whole Home Surge Protection

16 Jan 2020 Licensed Electrician

Whether you have an older electrical system or one that was recently installed, it is important to protect your home from power surges. Power surges can slowly deteriorate and eventually fry your electronic devices, creating major issues that cost you money. At Expert Electric, we realize the importance of whole home surge protection, which is why we provide many residential electrical services that include home surge protector installation.

The Causes of Power Surges

Power surges can be caused by a variety of factors from both inside and outside your home. With older electrical systems, a power surge can occur when a larger appliance is turned on or off. They can also be caused by short circuits, tripped circuit breakers, power outages, malfunctions from your electrical provider, and lightning strikes. Small power surges happen incredibly frequently throughout the day as equipment is turned on and off and larger power surges can come less frequently from electrical malfunctions, power outages, and lightning strikes. While these are not as common, they can do much greater damage to electronic devices and electrical systems.

What is Surge Protection?

Surge protectors come in various designs, shapes, and sizes. A typical surge protector will plug into a wall outlet, and the electrical devices will plug into the surge protector. Any time that a power surge occurs, the surge protector will absorb the extra load and keep it from damaging the connected equipment. This can help your devices to last for years beyond what they could have otherwise lasted.

Why Use Whole Home Surge Protection?

While conventional surge protectors need to be plugged in at wall outlets throughout the house and they only protect the equipment plugged into them, a whole home surge protector will have one centralized location and protect the entire home’s electrical system. Whole home surge protectors safeguard every outlet rather than just a select few, meaning you are protected no matter where you plug in a device.

Whole Home Surge Protection Options

There are a variety of options for types of whole home surge protectors and most homes have multiple places that would work for convenient installation. If you are looking into the possibility of having whole home surge protection installed in your house, make sure that you first speak to a licensed electrician, like the ones from Expert Electric.

If you would like to find out more about the importance of whole home surge protection, or if you would like to learn more about the electrical services we provide, please contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.