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Whether it’s from a lightning strike, tripped circuit breaker, electromagnetic pulse or even just turning on and off large appliances within the home, power surges are a common electronic phenomenon that can have major consequences for your electronics. And while it’s common for many households to purchase surge protector strips to safeguard certain appliances against these overvoltages, they don’t offer the widespread protection that is often necessary to completely protect a home. That’s where whole-house surge protector installation can help.

How Surge Protection Works

Temporary voltage spikes have the potential to travel throughout your entire electrical system, damaging electronics. This damage is often not sudden and all at once, but occurs over time and can result in a shorter overall lifespan for many electronic products. Whole-house surge protection is installed at the electric panel so that it offers complete protection over the entire property, reducing the high-level power surges that have the potential to overwhelm plug-in strips and damage electronics. What’s more is that whole-house surge protection also protects appliances that aren’t able to plug into a surge protector strip, such as refrigerators, HVAC systems, washers and dryers, ovens and more. As the name implies, whole-house surge protection is designed to adequately protect every single outlet within the home.

The Leading Causes of Power Surges

The most common reason power surges occur is due to electric outages. A storm may knock your power out, and once power is restored, electricity can surge unevenly through your electric wiring, causing a surge. Lightning is another common reason for power surges. Lightning can temporarily affect the flow of electricity, and lead to surges. Finally, faulty wiring or old electric circuits can cause power surges as well. Unfortunately, you cannot control or prevent power surges from occurring. This is why power surge protection is so important. It helps to prevent your electronics and appliances from being damaged by these surges that you cannot stop.

How a Whole House Surge Protector Is Installed

A whole-house surge protector is installed within your electric panel, also commonly called a breaker box, circuit breaker panel or fuse box. Installing the surge protector here helps to stop power surges directly from the point where electricity flows into your house. This is far more effective than using plug in surge protectors, which can only protect one outlet. The surge protector is wired into your panel, and the entire process takes about an hour. A great electrician will also inspect your electric panel prior to installing a whole house surge protector and let you know if you are in need of a replacement panel.



You should never be surprised when your electrician delivers your bill. Before we perform services, we make sure to review your electrical needs and the proposed cost of those repairs. Our customers repeatedly report that our prices are not only competitive but also fair and honest. We never recommend repairs you don’t need, and we guarantee our upfront pricing principles.


Safeguarding Your Electronics: The Key Benefit of Whole-House Surge Protector Installation

While we've touched on many of the key benefits of whole-house surge protection, it's worth discussing a few more to truly put into context the value of this feature. Here's a closer look:



Like we noted above, whole-house surge protection can extend the life of your household electronics, which can save you money in the long-term. Additionally, homeowners insurance policies often don't cover damage to electronics from a power surge - so replacement costs are typically solely on the property owner, even if you can prove the cause of the damage.



Your electronics could be routinely impacted by a power surge - and you may not even know it. It's because surges are often short and don't cause immediate damage, but gradual damage that can add up over time. Whole-house surge protection can help offer that peace of mind that you won't face any unexpected surprises down the road.



Unlike surge protector strips, which are just designed to protect certain electronics against voltage spikes, whole-house surge protector installation safeguards every electronic on your panel.



While surge protector strips are nice accessories to have, they often don't provide adequate enough protection against high voltage spikes. Professional whole-house surge protection can ensure that your property is fully protected from any type of voltage spike - no matter how significant.

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Surge Protectors

How Do Whole Home Surge Protectors Work?

A whole house surge protector acts to protect the electrical systems and appliances in the home. When a current with high voltage flows through, the protector instantly shifts the additional voltage to the ground wire. You might have surge protectors designed to prevent damage to your computers or other appliances. By comparison, a whole home surge protector connects to the circuit panel, providing protection to the entire system. Given the moderate cost of installing one, homeowners may want to consider it to ensure that all of their appliances receive adequate protection.

How Much Does a Whole Home Surge Protector Cost?

For most homes, a whole home surge protector costs at least a few hundred dollars. There are a few cost factors to keep in mind, including the type of system you want and the installation. Typically, you will need to hire a licensed electrician to install it for you. A professional can usually install the system in less time than a DIY project. They can also confirm that the system works appropriately. Homeowners who want to install a new surge protector to go with a circuit panel upgrade may pay less for this component, since it is part of a larger project.

Are Whole Home Surge Protectors Worth It?

For the types of power surges that homes are likely to encounter, whole house surge protectors can be an excellent investment. Property owners often think of surge protection as something they need from lightning strikes or downed power lines nearby, which are fairly uncommon. Surge protection also prevents damage from the regular cycling and occasional surges from high-powered appliances, such as air conditioners or electric dryers. Having a system in place to support the entire home helps to ensure that an unexpected surge from a refrigerator does not ruin the home’s other appliances and equipment.

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For more information on the value of whole-house surge protector installation and why it’s important to safeguard all of your home’s electrical outlets, contact us today.
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