Have you ever noticed you find yourself replacing lightbulbs and appliances such as your microwave or toaster oven more often than you should have to? If this is the case, then there’s a pretty good chance that what you need for your home is proper surge protection. This is a vital step in protecting your household’s most important electronic devices!
But how do power surges occur? Well, for one thing, storms. And depending on the time of year, there’s a good chance you can experience one that really does a number on your home. Storms aren’t the only threat to your electrical power—which we’ll discuss more below—but are important to note in discussing the necessity of surge protection.
The Impact of Storms
Even a small electrical surge can cause damage to the electrical equipment and appliances you rely on each and every day. And most people do associate power surges with storms. It is certainly possible for a lighting storm to create a power surge that knocks out power to each of your electrical appliances all at once.
This may be due to a downed power line or some other event that has to do with this utility. However, conventional power surges do not originate from stormy weather.
Most Surges Happen When There is No Storm
That’s right. Up to 80% of power surges are actually generated within your home on a small scale, every day! This means that lightning storms or winter blizzards are not the biggest threat to your home’s electrical system. In fact, you probably won’t even know when a power surge begins to effect your electrical equipment. Something as seemingly benign as a motor starting can pull in a lot of amps, and an overvoltage can send a power surge back through other equipment in your home.
So, does this mean you only need surge protection at appliances that pull in a lot of amps—like your HVAC systems? Well, no. Even if your HVAC systems have surge protection by way of a power strip, the system itself can send a surge back to the other appliances and equipment in your home that aren’t protected.
You’ll end up having to replace all kinds of systems throughout your home months or years earlier than you otherwise would have had to. This means a lower return on investment for you.
Surge Protection Solutions
We alluded to this above, but it’s important that you’re aware—a power strip along might not necessarily provide the surge protection your home needs. This is because many of your most important appliances are wired into the home and not attached to a power strip. Additionally, not all power strips are surge protectors! Be sure to read the label when you purchase one.
That’s not to say there isn’t a benefit to power strips—they allow you to shut off power to each appliance connected to them in one click when you’re not using those appliances (think your computer, printer, and desk lamp). But for that double layer of protection, it would serve you very well to consider the installation of a whole-house surge protection system.