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    What Does a Whole House Surge Protector Do?

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    A House During A Stormy Night

    Essential electrical services are those things you cannot safely do without. Unfortunately, unless you’ve recently built your home or had major electrical work performed, you may not be aware of whole-house surge protectors. These devices prevent energy spikes from frying your home’s electrical wiring, along with anything you may have plugged in.

    Protects Your Home from Lightning Strikes and Line Surges

    Electricity spikes affecting your home will travel along all your wires, not just the lines connected to your breaker box. Cable and phone lines, internet cables and other networking equipment present vulnerabilities too. A whole-house surge protector safeguards everything plugged into any connection in your home. These pulses of energy generally come from utility lines, but if your home is hit by lightning, you’ll need something capable of diverting up to 200,000 volts of electricity away from your belongings.

    Prevents Tens of Thousands in Damage

    Outlet surge protectors help to even out the electrical flows delivered to your devices, but they don’t provide good enough coverage if your home suffers a serious problem. They also aren’t commonly used for large appliances requiring specialty plug-ins.

    Major surges take out stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, HVAC equipment and other big-ticket items. Worse, insurance often will not cover the loss unless you have a rider, and the electric company won’t cover your costs unless you can prove the surge was due to their negligence, which typically is impossible. Without a whole-house surge protector, you will be left holding tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

    Protect yourself from major loss by scheduling essential electrical services with experienced professionals. Certified Electric has trained technicians on staff capable of installing a whole-house surge protector in a flash.