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Surge Protection—Why We Recommend the Whole-House Type


The electronic equipment in your home as well as its electrical system is susceptible to damage from power surges, a.k.a. voltage spikes. You probably know using power strips is necessary for sensitive equipment such as computers. But power strips aren’t enough: the level of power surges we can encounter here in Florida (such as from lightning storms and downed power lines) can inflict severe damage to the electronics and the electrical system in homes unless they have a higher level of protection.

We recommend you work with us to install whole-house surge protection in Panama City, FL. We’ll explain more about these devices and why they’re beneficial.

Power strips do serve a purpose

Even though we strongly recommend homes have whole-house surge protection, we’re not advising that you toss away those power strips you have around the home. Power strips offer a baseline of protection against smaller surges.

They also allow you to safely plug in more devices into an outlet without causing overload. (Those old octopus plugs can be dangerous!) Having both power strips and whole-house surge protection gives you an excellent level of protection. Just don’t rely on power strips alone.

How a whole-house surge protector works

Once installed, a whole-house surge protector serves as the first line of defense against power surges entering your home. It operates by diverting excess voltage away from your electrical system and safely grounding it, thus preventing it from reaching and damaging your sensitive electronic devices.

Unlike power strips, which are limited in their capacity to handle large surges, whole-house surge protectors are designed to handle much higher voltage levels, making them far more effective at safeguarding your home.

These surge protectors are typically installed at the main electrical panel of your home, where they can intercept incoming power surges before they can travel through your wiring. They are equipped with robust components that can rapidly detect and respond to voltage spikes, ensuring that your electronics remain safe even during the most severe electrical disturbances.

The benefits of a whole-house surge protector

Investing in a whole-house surge protector offers many advantages for homeowners. 

First, it provides comprehensive protection for all the electrical devices and appliances in your home, not just those connected to individual power strips. This means everything from your HVAC system and kitchen appliances to your entertainment center and home security system is shielded from potential damage.

Furthermore, whole-house surge protectors offer peace of mind by reducing the risk of electrical fires and equipment failures from voltage fluctuations. By preventing surges from reaching your sensitive electronics, they help prolong the lifespan of your devices and minimize the need for costly repairs or replacements.

Another key benefit is the convenience and simplicity of installation. Once we install it, a whole-house surge protector requires minimal maintenance and operates silently in the background, providing continuous protection without any hassle or intervention required on your part.

Arrange with our electrical pros for surge protection today

Don’t wait until it’s too late to safeguard your home against power surges. Contact our team of experienced electrical professionals today. With our expertise and top-quality surge protection products, you can enjoy enhanced safety, reliability, and longevity for your home. 

Call today to discover The Peaden Way: Service Is Our Passion, Safety Is Our Priority, Satisfaction Is Our Promise.

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