Safeguard Your Home from Power Surges

November 18, 2014 by Valerie Griffiths

Would you rather keep part of your home safe, or your entire home safe from power surges? We think the answer is pretty clear!

Well, consider this: Electrical wiring runs throughout your entire house. You utilize it almost every room and count on it to be there when you need it. Perhaps you have power strips in some rooms. They can protect certain appliances from surges in a particular outlet, but what if there’s a sudden spike in the electrical current to your whole house?

Unfortunately, it happens more often than you may think. To date, power surge and lightning strikes account for more than $1 billion dollars in insurance claims. Even lightning strikes that happen miles from your home can cause a power surge in your home. But lightning isn’t the only culprit here. Home generators, air conditioners, electric dryers and other heavy-duty devices can cause small power surges to occur. Even if a surge isn’t enough to destroy a device at first, over time multiple surges can cause enough damage to shorten an appliance’s lifespan.

So here’s how to safeguard your house against these unforeseen issues: Think of a whole-house surge protector as one big power strip to protect not just some of your appliances and electronics, but all of them. In today’s world of gadgets and electronic devices, we’re more plugged-in than ever. This makes it even more important to protect your property against damage from sudden power surges.

It is a whole-house surge protector’s job to know how much electricity your home needs, and to block any additional voltage that tries to make its way in.

The average whole-house surge protector costs between $200 to $400. It’s an affordable investment to safeguard your belongings. Our customers typically have them installed along with a generator. Work with your licensed electrician to make sure your whole-house surge protector is properly installed and operating to standard. His or her expertise and familiarity with the devices will make for a quick visit that will keep your electricity up and running.