Why You Need Surge Protectors

Why You Need Surge Protectors

Take a quick look around your home. How many dollars do you have invested in the latest technology?

If you’re like many homeowners, you may have purchased a surge protector to use in offices or family rooms. Computers and home theater equipment are the first things people think of to protect from powerful and violent storms. But do you know where every laptop, iPad or smartphone is being charged? Are those outlets surge protected?

And in today’s highly technological world, electronics aren’t the only things that need protection. Virtually all of your appliances are built with electronic circuit boards, everything from washing machines and dishwashers, to cable boxes and exercise equipment.

Circuit boards are vulnerable to power surges generated by lightning strikes, even if they strike several miles away. They’re also susceptible to power surges on the grid, during peak energy use days all year long. It often costs just as much to replace a circuit board as it does to buy a new device.

That’s why surge protectors are so important. That’s where installing a whole-house protection system provides you with the ultimate defense against potential problems.

As a homeowner, you can choose from different types of whole-house surge protectors, sometimes called point-of-service protectors or lightning suppressors. Depending on the setup, an electrician can place the surge protector in a box next to, inside or outside the main electrical service panel. Electricity will flow through the surge protector before it enters your home and if it detects a surge above the normal 120 volts, it diverts it to a grounding wire.

While you can find many online resources that sell DIY surge protectors that allow you to install it yourself, remember you will be dealing with the inherent danger of electricity. A reputable surge protection company will also offer a warranty to further protect your home, often ranging from $25,000 to $125,000 in warranty coverage.

To have a reputable electrician provide you with the added protection of surge protection, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing the job was completed correctly the first time, give us a call today.

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