Get FREE On-Site Estimate! Faulty wiring & downed power lines can overwhelm your electrical system and a power surge can spell trouble for your home’s power. Whole house surge protection is becoming more and more common as we fill our homes with sensitive electronic equipment. Electrical surges happen when a high voltage surge is sent into your home or business through the electrical service which then is distributed throughout the house through the branch circuit wiring. These surges can happen from two causes, lightening or faulty utility company equipment. Lightning can strike the power lines connected to your house or your house directly. Utility equipment failure is very common as well. The surge will typically happen when a tree falls onto the high voltage lines or when a car hits a telephone pole which then can cause the power lines to send a high voltage surge into your home permanently damaging some or all of your electronics. Almost all appliances today contain electronics which can cause thousands upon thousands of dollars of damage. The only way to protect yourself from this potential situation is have a whole house surge protector installed in your electrical system. We offer a few different options when is comes to surge protectors that range in price and warranty. We offer the very best surge protectors that we source from a wholesale dealer that does not sell to the public and only sell to authorized installers. These units utilize gas tube technology not just the traditional metal oxide varistors. The benefit to these are that they do not fail after a surge and they did their job. The gas tube technology allows the unit to reset and continue to protect your home. In the event of a failure they have LED lights to indicate a fault and an audible alarm to let you know it’s time for a replacement.
Preparing for events that may put the safety of your family and property at risk is a naturally high priority for responsible homeowners. Putting electrical safeguards in place tops the list of the necessary precautions. A whole house surge protector provides an essential layer of protection for your entire home and family. Here are some helpful things to know about obtaining whole-house surge protection for your home:
Whole home surge protection is your defense against unusually strong voltages suddenly passing through your home’s electrical wiring and equipment. For example, if a problem on the grid or a bolt of lightning in a severe storm spikes the voltage coming through the external power lines, your home is protected from a sudden flood of extreme voltage surging through your interior wiring, appliances, and electrical devices.
Without this level of surge protection, high voltage can enter your home electrical system and destroy your costly appliances, equipment, devices, and wiring. It can also potentially cause a catastrophic house fire. For example, the average lightning bolt carries around 300 million volts. Contrast that with the capacity of your electrical appliances and other devices that are designed to take around 120 – 240 volts. So, you don’t need a calculator to figure out that that means a spectacularly large burden is placed on surge protectors. Fortunately, they perform extraordinarily well.
A surge protector is designed to help you protect the electrical equipment in your home. It does this by regulating the voltage present in your electrical devices either through grounding or blocking, ensuring that voltage levels are always safe for your equipment. It is essential to note some of the benefits of whole home surge protection.
Benefits of whole house surge protection:
Small home power surge protectors have a capacity to protect home appliances and devices that collectively run on electricity on around 10,000 amps or even less. A large surge protector with 40,000 amps can usually support everything in a fully modern home.
One advantage to installing a whole house surge protector is that it’s quicker to install than installing multiple smaller ones that handle just up to a few appliances or devices.
The other and much bigger benefit of installing a larger model is that you’ll be able to live with the comfort of knowing that your family, your home, and your belongings in it have full surge protection, instead of just partial protection.
If you are looking for a surge protector for your home, you need to make sure that you invest in the right one. Some of the points to consider include:
These are a few of the most critical factors you need to consider when looking for a surge protector for your home. When in doubt, ask the professionals to help you. That is where we come in.
Many power surges occur in an instant and can go unnoticed. These occasional quick, quiet surges of enormous amounts of voltage streaking through your home’s electrical system eventually damage home appliances and electronics. In addition to the extreme risks from lightning storms, the unseen power surges are also often very destructive to electrical systems and entire homes.
At DK Electrical Solutions, we provide you with access to certified electricians who can help you protect your home. Our experts will walk with you every step of the way, ensuring that your needs are addressed from start to finish. We also provide you with coupons to make sure that you can afford the protection your home deserves.
In our northeastern coastal region of extreme storms, every home in south Jersey should have complete surge protection. Talk with one of our DK Master Electricians about what’s involved in installing a whole house surge protector for your home.