Residential | The Value of Surge Protection for the Entire Home

Lightning in the distance can be a beautiful thing, but with all of its beauty comes one of the worst nightmares for homeowners: The looming threat of a power surge and the possibility of destroying thousands of dollars worth of electric appliances.

At Hiller Electric, we want to help our customers’ protect their homes from these kinds of events. That’s why today we are going to talk about the value of surge protection for the entire home. Take a look below:

Why invest in surge protectors?

Simply put, surge protectors will protect your home and your appliances in the event that a power surge should happen. And, believe it or not, power surges happen more often than we think. In fact, lightning is the least common cause for power surges. More often than not, high-power electrical appliances such as air-conditioners, refrigerators, etc are the cause of power surges. High-power electrical appliances demand a high amount of power to switch on and off, in turn, disrupting the flow of voltage, which can damage electrical components immediately, or overtime.

Surge protectors in a nutshell.

Before we begin talking about whole-house surge protectors, here is a brief primer on surge protectors and other things you may need to know.

  • Don’t rely on power strips. Powerstrips and surge protectors are actually quite different from one another. And although a power strip might have built in surge protection, some are nothing more than an extension chord for your outlet. Aside from that, individual surge protectors aren’t all the same and can vary in how much protection they offer. Make sure to take note when going out to purchase these individual surge protectors.
  • Surge protectors do not last forever. Surge protectors are rated by the number of joules (the unit for measuring electricity) they can take overtime. As such, a surge protector will eventually wear out as time goes on. As a rule of thumb, you should consider replacing your surge protectors every other year, or when an electrical event such as a blown transformer or power outage happens in your neighborhood.

The benefit of whole house surge protectors

So, why purchase a whole-house surge protector? Well, simply put, individual protectors are just not enough to protect your home in the event that a big surge happens. And, if anything, individual protectors should be put in place as added security for any possible voltage “leaks” that may get past your whole-house unit. Yes, there may be a big cost up front for installing whole-house surge protectors, but the amount you’ll save by not having to replace your electric appliances (not to mention the irreplaceable photos and files you have saved on your computer) makes the installation well worth the money.

As always, if you come across any questions, we here at Hiller Electric are happy to answer them–call us today at (402) 339-0524. Hiller Electric can also help you with your installation needs—no job is too big or too small, we guarantee quality service every time!

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