Chances are, you have a number of surge protector strips plugged into outlets around your house. They’re helpful little devices, capable of preventing unfortunate burnouts due to sudden surges in the electrical system. However, what most people don’t realize is that those protector strips are not capable of warding off more powerful surges. That’s why whole-house surge protection is used.
Most power surges in a home’s electrical systems are fairly minor, the kind of thing that might burn out an appliance or two before the circuit breaker kicks in. Those surge protector strips are designed to absorb these surges, preventing the extra current from overloading whatever is plugged into them. What happens if a much larger surge moves through the system, though? What happens if, for example, the home is struck by lightning? That much power moving through the electrical wires has the potential to melt them, not to mention starting a house fire. A sudden spike in power on that level is far beyond the ability of a $20 surge protector. That’s why you need whole-house surge protection.
You’re probably already familiar with the most primitive form of whole-house surge protection: the lightning rod. Today’s surge protection systems are a bit more advanced than that. Whole-house suppressors are hard-wired to the service panel by an electrician, allowing them to protect the system as a whole. Most large power spikes will then cause the system to activate to protect the home. You should still continue to use smaller surge protectors, though, just for some added certainty.
Bell Plumbing and Heating offers comprehensive surge protection services throughout Lakewood, CO. If you need surge protection services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. We’ll make sure that your home is properly protected.
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