You probably already have surge protectors in your home: small power strips hooked to outlets where you plug in devices like computers, televisions, and home theater system components. While these are definitely useful for protecting electronics from the damage of a massive surge, as well as preventing demands for power from tripping circuit breakers, power strips are only a part of protecting your electrical system from surges. The most important part is a whole-house surge protector.
To find out about how you can have a whole-house surge protector installed, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. With our services, you’ll avoid many needs for electrical repair service in Everett, WA in the future.
What a whole-house surge protector will do for you
The main advantage you’ll receive from installing a whole-house surge protector is that all of your home will be covered. You probably don’t want to place power strips on every single outlet around the house; there’s rarely room for that, and for outlets that only service one appliance, like a lamp, they’re wasteful. A whole-house surge protector has all your outlets covered.
Whole-house surge protectors are capable of handling much larger spikes in power than power strips: up to 60,000 amps, three times that of a smaller unit. A smaller unit that experiences such a powerful surge will probably need to be replaced.
But the biggest benefit of a surge protector is one you won’t see at first. People tend to think of power surges as catastrophic events from lightning strikes or downed power lines. However, the majority of surges are smaller ones you won’t even notice. But your appliances will notice them, since over time the surges will cause their electrical components to deteriorate. A whole-house surge protector will shield your appliances from these numerous small surges that can happen daily. Surge protector installation will pay for itself by prolonging the life of your appliances.
Please keep in mind as you read this that we aren’t advising you abandon power strips entirely; they work excellently as an additional layer of protection for highly sensitive electronics. They simply do not provide the protection needed for devices like HVAC systems, nor do they affect smaller surges.
Call professionals for installation
Whole-house surge protectors require the work of experts to correctly and safely install. You will also need the advice of these experts to determine the right size of surge protector for your home’s electrical needs. Contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to find out more about our services for surge protector installation and electrical repair in Lynnwood, WA.