Whole Home Surge Protection
What is it? What does it do?
Have the electrical items in your home gone haywire? Have you had a lightning strike hit close to home and have had to replace appliances? What about the damage being so extensive that you had to file a claim against your homeowners insurance?
There are many different methods to protect your home from electrical surges, but in this blog post, we will be concentrating on whole home surge protection.
When we think of an electrical surge, we typically think of lightning strikes. Did you know that a lightning strike is not the only type of power surge your home is exposed to? Your home is also vulnerable to electrical power surges from your utility company, or in-home surges that come from any appliance with a motor load. Appliances with a motor load include your A/C cycling on and off, hair dryer, vacuum, refrigerator, etc.
Storm season is typically the time of year when a homeowner will either notice that there is a surge problem or they lose a few major appliances. According to a 9 year study by the National Lightning Detection Network, Texas ranks 16th in cloud to ground lightning (1). In 2011, 186,000 insurance claims were paid for loss due to lightning. The average claim amount paid out by insurance was $5,112 (2).
This is where the whole home surge protector comes to save you a lot of stress and money. Unlike a point-of-use surge strip, the main panel surge has technology that allows it to take repetitive surges and still work at full potential for the time you own your home (3). Most of these surge protectors come with a protection policy and can cover up to $75,000 in damages (4,5). When a surge occurs, instead of hitting appliances, burning up a breaker or the panel, the electrical surge is given a path directly to ground.
Although point-of-use surge strips are good to have, we do recommend adding a whole home surge protector. We install main panel surge protection products by Eaton, Mike Holmes Edition and have 2 options to choose from based on your needs. Whether you have a 60 year old home, or are currently building, surge protection can be added to your home (6).
NO surge protection device will stop or prevent a direct lightning strike to your home.
For additional information on main panel surge protection:
This Old House, Surge Protection
SteveJenkins.com, What’s the “Best” Whole-House Surge Protection?
Mike Holmes, Approved Product
1. Vaisala, Number of Cloud-To-Ground Flashes by State from 2005-2014, April 2015.
2. Vaisala, Central U.S. Lightning Data from National Lightning Detection Network, June 2013.
3. Eaton’s Complete Home Surge Protection Devices. Product Documentation
4. For complete warranty information, refer to the Surge Protection Warranty for the product you have installed.
5. Eaton’s Complete Home Surge Protection Devices. Product Documentation
6. Home must be up to current NEC to receive full benefits of main panel surge protection and must be installed by a licensed electrician.