Extreme weather conditions like hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and thunderstorms pose obvious power-outage threats, but other factors contribute to voltage surges more often than you might realize.
Faults or fires in main transformers or generating equipment can cause a disruption in your home’s power supply. Additionally, brownouts, or drops in voltage in an electrical power supply system, often result in a surge as power is restored. These incidents are far from unusual. A power surge may last only a fraction of a second, but the results inside the home can be long-lasting or even catastrophic. Excess electricity has the capacity to damage everything from a computer, TV, or refrigerator to the compressor of an HVAC system. Fortunately, devices to prevent these problems are surprisingly affordable—particularly when weighed against the cost of damaged items that would need to be replaced. Your home’s electrical wiring plays a major role in your family’s comfort, convenience and safety.
What Are the Benefits of a Whole-Home Surge Protector?
The damage caused by electrical spikes can be thousands of dollars. Some of that might be covered by insurance, but particularly if what’s damaged is an appliance, rather than your actual home or its electrical system, then it might not be. A surge protector keeps your entire house safe at once. It guards against major spikes, such as from lightning strikes, as well as the smaller ones. It prevents the damage they do over time, helping your devices last longer, and saving you money. Ideally, a home surge protector should be used in tandem with point-of-use surge protectors, to maximize their effectiveness. It’s an investment that can save you a lot of money and hassle over the years, by keeping both your appliances and your home safe.
What Is a Whole-Home Surge Protector?
Typical surge protectors cover one outlet, and the devices plugged into it. These are called point-of-use surge protectors. A whole-house surge protector is hard-wired directly into your circuit breaker or electrical box, in order to keep your whole house safe from electrical spikes at once. While a point-of-use surge protector can simply be plugged in, the whole-home variety must be professionally installed. Once in place, it can protect all your appliances and devices, from your refrigerator to your cell phone charger, and everything in between.
To purchase a whole-home surge protector for your home or business please contact us at J & G Inspection Services, either online on our website or by calling 361-765-7378.