Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much will it cost to have my home completely guarded against electrical surges?
Will whole house surge protection guard against all surges?
Whole house surge protection will guard against around 85% of larger surges, reducing a huge amount of the excess voltage and preventing it from entering your home. For the remaining 15%, point-of-use protection should be used. These includes plug-ins with surge protection, which will protect the individual devices connected to it. For cases where plug-ins are not an option, outlets can be replaced by a licensed electrician with those that have surge protection.
What should I look for in point-of-use surge protection?
Point-of-use surge protections, or plug-ins/power strips, should meet UL standard (indicated by the familiar UL sticker on the product). It should also have indicator lights to show that it is still working, and product’s spec sheet should indicate that it protects all 3 incoming lines — hot, neutral, and ground. It should read “L-N, L-G, N-G” somewhere on either the packaging or the product sheet, which stands for ‘line to neutral, line to ground, neutral to ground’.
After whole house surge protection is installed, a MADE ELECTRIC electrician can make recommendations for the most effective products on the market.