How To Install Whole House Surge Protection Systems

First of all, what does the term, “whole house surge protection systems” refer to, and what is it for? Maybe you’ve experienced instances when, due to sudden surges in electrical power, the electricity at your home suddenly fluctuates, and for a split second your appliances and electronics stop working only to automatically turn on again. Though this is not a usual occurrence (they usually happen during really bad weather with strong winds, or when the electric company has some problems), do know that it has potentially dangerous consequences. In extreme cases, for example, power surges may damage your appliances, and may even be the cause of fire. That’s why you may want to install whole house surge protection systems to guard your home from such hazards.

  • Know what a surge protector is supposed to do. In simplest terms, a surge protector will divert the powerful electrical stream from your appliances and electronics towards the ground. Good surge protectors usually cost anywhere from $30 to about $50. Expect to spend somewhere around $200 to about $1,000 (plus installation costs) for whole house surge protection.
  • Buy a surge protector. There are many brands of surge protectors that you could choose from. Some of these include the following: APC (American Power Conversion), Panamax, Leviton and Ditek Corp. When buying, be sure to check for the number of joules that it is rated for. This number indicates the magnitude of energy that the surge protector could absorb. The best in the market are rated more than 1,900 joules. For a whole house surge protection, you will need to have the surge protector connected to your electrical panel. It’s also a good idea to buy a surge protector that comes with indicator lights, which will let you know when it is working and when you will need to replace the surge protector.

    There are even some brands of surge protectors that offer coverage on the repair of appliances and electronics that get damaged in case their unit fails to stop the voltage spike.

  • Hire an electrical professional. There’s no getting around this. This type of project is not a do-it-yourself project; otherwise you just might cause greater likelihood of electrical malfunction to your own home. Make sure that you hire a professional from a reputable company to install your whole house surge protection system. Make sure also that he will arrange for the power surge protection system not just to suppress voltage spikes from electrical power lines but also from telephone and cable lines. Contact electrical professionals to ask for free consultations regarding the installation of the whole house surge protection system in your home. You should also request for the electrician to install the unit at an area that (or another electrician) could access in case it needs to be replaced in the future.

There you have it! These are the guidelines to remember when it comes to having a whole house surge protection system installed. Remember, your main concerns are choosing the best surge protector for you and hiring a good electrician from a reputable company. Good luck, and hope this helped! 


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