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Pros & Cons Of Whole Home Surge Protectors

Whole Home Surge Protectors
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Take a moment to consider all of the valuable electronics in your home. Can you imagine an evening without watching your favorite sitcom? The hassle of not being able to run the dishwasher? Or the inconvenience of the fridge stopping working, causing your food to spoil?

Installing a whole-home surge protector helps to protect all of your valuable appliances. By offering a layered approach to protecting your appliances and electrical system, a whole-home surge protector can be a significant asset.

Before you make an investment, let’s explore how a home surge protector works and the pros and cons that they offer.

What Is a Whole Home Surge Protector?

A whole-home surge protection device, also known as an SPD, works as a filter that allows safe electrical currents into the home but blocks dangerously high current or voltage.

NEMA reports that internal surges account for up to 80% of surges that occur in a home, like large appliances cycling on and off. However, there are additional causes of power surges, such as a lightning strikes, or damaged wiring.

An SPD connects to the home’s electrical panel and reacts to electrical surges by diverting the excess voltage into the ground through a ground wire. If you’re looking to add an extra layer of protection to your home, then a whole home surge protector could be the solution for you.

Pros of Using a Whole Home Surge Protector

There are many different benefits of installing a whole-home surge protector, such as the following.

Protection of Home Appliances

Consider that the global retail sales of major and small appliances totaled more than $420 billion in 2020 and are forecast to grow to more than $500 billion by 2023. These figures should add perspective to the high number of appliances in each household that needs protection.

Installing a home surge protector is an effective safety measure during hurricane season (and beyond). An SPD prevents dangerous voltage or current levels from entering your home and damaging your electronics.

Protection of Home’s Electrical System

A whole-home SPD also protects the building’s electrical system by offering an extra layer of protection for the electrical wiring, electrical sockets, and electrical circuits. By improving security against power surges, there’s less chance of a power surge causing costly damage to the home’s electrical system.

Confidence in the Safety of the Home

Not only does a power surge introduce the risk of costly damage to your home and appliances, but it also presents a safety hazard to the family if it starts a fire.  A whole-home surge protector provides peace of mind that your home (and budget) is protected from damage or danger.

Cons of Using a Whole Home Surge Protector

Before you contact our friendly and helpful team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric to find out more, read through the following considerations.

Upfront Cost

While a surge protector can save you money in the long run, there is an initial cost involved for installation. There are various types and brands available at a range of prices. However, it’s important to view a home surge protector as an investment that can prevent expenses in the future.

Small Surges May Still Enter the Home

While surge protectors effectively protect the home, they come with a specified voltage protection rating (VPR) that specifies the maximum voltage that the surge protector will let through. However, smaller surges may still enter the home and damage electrical appliances gradually over time.

May Need Multiple Whole Home Surge Protectors

The above issue can be solved by installing a whole-home SPD with a low VPR and adding a second layer of surge protection around specific appliances. Technicians may recommend more than one home surge protector in significant areas.

Get Help From an Electrical Technician

At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric, our team of friendly and experienced technicians are experienced in the benefits of whole-home surge protectors and how to install them in your home safely. Give us a call at 1-800-475-1504 to find out more.


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