A whole-house surge protection device will protect your appliances in case there are any surges in electrical power. Power surges cause an excess amount of electricity to surge through power lines and into your home, and this can damage your appliances. Many appliances in the home contain circuit boards similar to those which are found in computers. Power surges can damage the circuit board in these appliances and cause them to stop working. To prevent costly repairs or having to buy a new appliance, you should consider purchasing a whole-house surge protection device.
What causes power surges?
The most common cause of a power surge is lightning, and it does not have to strike your house directly in order to cause damage. Lightning can cause power surges if it strikes a transformer near your home, this will result in a huge spike in the amount of voltage being passed not only into your home but every home on your block. This type of lightning induced power surge can cause massive appliance failure.
Is a whole-house surge protection device necessary if you use plug-in surge protectors?
While plug-in surge protectors can protect your appliances from power surges, they often cannot handle massive amounts of power surges without being damaged. It can also become a bit tedious to put all the appliances in the home with circuit boards on different surge protectors. Here is a short list of some of the appliances in your home that contain circuit boards that can be damaged by a power surge.
- electric stove
- air conditioner
- cable box
- exercise machines
With a whole-house surge protection device you can protect all these appliances with one surge protector.
Are whole-house surge protectors necessary in rural areas?
Whole-house surge protectors are not only needed in urban areas, but are also necessary in rural areas as well. This is because those in rural areas often live at the end of power lines, and there is nowhere else for a power surge to terminate, but at the end of a power line.
What type of whole-house surge protector is best?
Whole-house surge protection systems are categorized by the amount of kiloamps that they use. Surge protection devices with a rating of only 10 kiloamps can only handle one major power surge that may occur in your home. It is best to get a surge protector that can handle more than one surge, this is why a surge protector with a rating of 50 kiloamps is a better buy.
Since circuit boards are expensive to repair and sometimes cost as much as getting a new appliance, it makes sense to invest in a whole-house surge protection device which can easily be installed by a licensed electrician.