Whole House Surge Protection, Mississauga

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Whole House Surge Protection, Mississauga

Individual surge suppression guards against the frequent power spikes that may be experienced from the everyday use of electronics. But what about larger power surges that affect the home in its entirety? These are caused by strong, uninterrupted voltages that may occur suddenly and quickly, but last far more than a few seconds in its effects. Whole house surge protection keeps you and your home safe, protecting your property and your electronic devices.

Surges caused by lightning strikes can be up to 200,000 amps, which is far more than enough to cause significant damage as it travels through nearby power lines and burns through a home’s standard wiring (meant to hold only 20 amps). Lightning can also hit the ground near other utilities, creating potential damage even as it strikes some ways away from a homeowner’s location, since it can find its way back through the many connections along the electrical grid.

To effectively protect against power surges, a double-layering of protection is required and recommended. The two types of surge protectors are ‘point of use protection’ (meant for individual surge suppression) and perhaps the most important means of protection, ‘service entrance protection’ (or whole house surge suppression). Both types should be used simultaneously to maximize the safety of your home, as one can cover the blind spot of another.

Point of use protection takes the form of plug-in suppressors designed to keep individual electronic devices safe. These plug-ins should have indicator lights to show when they are still working and should be UL-approved (indicated by a UL-certified sticker or label). Bigger surges, however, can damage a plug-in’s circuits, causing it to stop functioning and voiding its effectiveness completely.

This is why service entrance protection is equally as important. Service entrance protection can be achieved by having whole house surge protection installed by a licensed electrician. The process should take roughly two hours, and protects your home by stopping power surges from entering the house’s delicate wiring. These whole house surge protection devices should also have indicator lights to show if it has used up its time and must be replaced (since it is constantly monitoring incoming utility power), or if the device is faulty or failing.

Protection against power surges is especially crucial in the Mississauga home, as power outages have become common in today’s technology-reliant society. When power is restored and comes back on after an outage, devices tend to be powered back up all at once, creating a strain on the electrical grid as it causes massive power surges in the average home.

You pay too much on your mortgage to risk it. Appliances and electronics are expensive, so investing in a whole house surge protector will practically pay for itself as you save money in the long run. To protect your home and your property, have a whole house surge protector installed.

Contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information, to learn more about essential surge protection, and to inquire about having a whole house surge protector installed in your home!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the benefits of whole house surge protection?

Whole house surge protection significantly reduces the risk of fire hazards caused by larger surges of energy. Without surge protection, this energy can travel through your home’s wiring, reaching your electrical devices or appliances and likely frying or damaging them. Whole house surge protection can therefore save you the potential replacement costs while keeping the structure of your home safe. Since different protection devices are required for different lines, it is best to call a licensed MADE ELECTRIC electrician, as messing with the wiring can be dangerous and poses the risk of electrocution or injury.

Do power surges really occur that frequently?

80% of low-energy power surges come from inside the home and occur on a regular basis, as devices switch on and off (sometimes manually by the homeowner and sometimes on a schedule) and draw high amounts of energy each time. These lower the lifetime performance of the devices that are constantly connected to a home’s wiring system. Meanwhile, the other 20% of high-energy power surges can be dependent on the weather, but occur during both the winter and the summer.

Why is it important that point of use surge protectors are approved by the UL?

Point of use surge protection is also important, but cheaper extension cords that are not approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) do not offer surge protection, and are not effective in protecting your devices. The UL is a safety certification organization that rates the effectiveness of electronic equipment, and plug-ins that meet the UL standard are recommended. Once whole house surge protection is installed, a MADE ELECTRIC electrician can be asked if they have any recommendations for products on the market.

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