What can I do about Electrical Surges?
THE AVERAGE HOME EXPERIENCES 6 SURGES EVERY DAY!
Multi-path, whole house protection is the only complete solution to surge protection. The whole house protection is accomplished by installing a device that is connected to your home’s load center cable, and telephone system and stops damaging surges from entering the home. Point-of-use protection can also be provided by plug-in surge protectors. Using both means provides optimum protection for your home.
What is a Surge?
Surges are momentary spikes in Electrical voltage.
Where do they come from?
Surges can enter your home’s electrical system or can be generated within the home. External surges are a result of lightning or utility disturbances and switching. Here in the local Dallas/ Fort Worth area electrical surges can be a routine problem. These external surges can enter the home by not only the electrical lines, but by the telephone and cable system as well. Within the home, surges can come from the motors in your electrical appliances when they are turned on and off during everyday operation.
What can surges do?
Stronger surges can cause immediate and severe damage. Low level surges will, over time, degrade electronic components and shorten the life of the appliance.
Won’t a surge strip protect my appliance?
Point-of-use surge strips provide only partial protection. They provide limited protection for the equipment plugged into them, and no protection at all for the appliances and systems that aren’t connected to them. Surge strips typically are not capable to protect against larger surges. Most only protect against surges entering through the electrical system, while leaving the appliances vulnerable to surges entering from cable and telephone lines.
What are examples of appliances that can be damaged?
Anything connected to electrical, cable, or phone outlets. (I.E., computers, home entertainment systems, stereo systems, telecommunication devices, kitchen and laundry appliances, etc.)
The cost of whole house, multi path surge protection is minimal when compared to the replacement cost of the connected equipment. Often, just one piece of damaged equipment costs more to replace than your entire investment in whole house protection.