What is a Power Surge?
When you hear “power surge,” most people think of lightning strikes and downed power lines. In reality, 60-80% of power surges come from inside your own home, the most common being from major appliances and systems such as AC cycling on and off. Chances are, power surges are happening dozens of times a day in your home.
What is at risk?
Today, more than ever, the average household relies on electronics for nearly everything. From your washing machine to your televisions and LED lights, all of these electronics contain circuit boards. Over time, small fluctuations accumulate, taking a toll on these electronics’ sensitive circuitry and drastically reducing their lifespan.
A whole home Surge Protection Device offers up to 80,000 amps of surge current protection. These devices connect at your panel and provide surges through a path to the ground. They are a simple and cheap solution for protecting expensive equipment and ensuring that you get the most life out of your electronics.
Most Surge Protection Device manufacturers offer 5 to 10-year warranties, as well as up to $75,000 for any and all equipment protected by the device. Although, if you read the fine print, the warranties are void if the device is not installed by a qualified electrician.