All of our lives have been affected in the past year, but we’ve never been so thankful for the technology we have to remain connected and productive. Whether you are working from home for the foreseeable future or are returning to work, but finding more devices plugged into your home’s outlets than ever before due to your new shopping habits, it may be time to consider adding surge protection to your home.
What is a Surge Protector?
Not a power strip. Why some people think all power strips are surge protectors and may throw around the terms interchangeably, power strips are nothing more than an easy way to expand the number of outlets you have. These unfortunately do not offer any type of protection against electrical issues, also known as surges.
Surge protectors are as inexpensive and convenient as power strips and offer the electrical protection you need for your home’s power system, gadgets, and other high-end electronics. A surge protector is designed to safeguard against the damage that sudden power surges can cause. It is able to successfully do this by pulling the current from one outlet and passing it through to the devices you have plugged into the surge protector.
While some units offer minor surge protection, others offer far better protection and reliability. If you’re looking for your best defense against power surges, you may want to invest in adding a whole home surge protector to your home’s electrical box along with any other smaller protectors you may have.
What’s a Power Surge?
A power surge can be caused by everything from a lightning strike, downed power line, or simply switching a high-power appliance on. It’s caused by an influx of voltage that exceeds your system’s normal amount. This flows through your lines, typically carrying thousands of more voltages than normal, and causes tremendous damage to electronics and other appliances. It can even fry your computer’s motherboard or HVAC equipment.
Is Surge Protection Necessary?
Surges can happen anytime, so surge protection is absolutely necessary if you’re looking to prevent damage from occurring to your home’s electrical system, appliances, and other gadgets. If a large enough surge hits and your device isn’t plugged into a surge protector, the device will be destroyed. You may not need a protector for your fan or light, but you’ll want one for your computer or gaming console.
If you don’t have surge protection in your home, you may be running the risk of decreasing the lifespan of your electronic devices, high-power appliances, and completely wiping out precious data on things like computers. You may also run the risk of damaging your home’s electrical panels and sub-panels, which results in pricey repairs.
How Much Surge Protection Do You Need?
As much as you can get. While you may be safe with an all-home surge protector, it is still recommended to plug high-end electronic devices into individual surge protectors for ultimate peace of mind during the next storm.
Is A Whole Home Surge Protector Worth It?
Are whole home surge protectors worth it? Always, especially if you’re working from home or find yourself having to pick and choose what items are plugged into the one surge protector you may have, you may consider investing in a whole home surge protector solution. This gives your home the extra layering it needs to make sure all of your items are protected for power surges.
Ready to add surge protection to your home? Look to the team at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical for help. We provide a variety of electrical services, including surge protection services. Our team can work to create a surge protection plan that gives you and your family the ultimate protection against even the largest power surge!
Give us a call at (717) 207-9952 to schedule your surge protection service today!