Residents in the GTA in recent years have come to realize that whole house surge protection is a necessary investment to keep their property safe. Power surges can lead to damaged electronics, and in some cases, can result in house fires. Having your home inspected for electrical safety provides peace of mind and is the first step to take, as old or faulty wiring can also lead to power surges. After having your home assessed, having a licensed electrician install whole house surge protection will ensure that your property is guarded against the worst of electrical surges.
The increasing severity of weather in the GTA has appeared yearly through the amount of snowstorms resulting in blackouts and the increased amount of days with lightning. These are the leading external factors for larger power surges, some of which can have disastrous effects without the proper protection. Disruptions within the power system can also occur when there are problems with electrical equipment and repairs need to be conducted, resulting in an extremity of power spikes and drops.
So how exactly can whole house surge protection keep your home and your electronics safe? With a surge protection device installed at your home’s electrical breaker box, there will be a constant monitoring of incoming electrical energy. The moment it detects a higher-than-average amount of voltage, the device will divert the excess into the ground, preventing it from entering into your home’s wiring and circuitry and keeping it from reaching your sensitive electronics.
Whole house surge protection guards against up to 85% of voltage, absorbing a large amount of excess energy. For the remaining 15%, point-of-use protection should be used to guard individual devices and appliances. This can include plug-in power strips with surge protection, and for devices where plug-ins are not an option, a licensed electrician can replace regular outlets with surge protection outlets. The best surge protectors react in less than a nanosecond, and a licensed electrician can help you through the process.
While whole house surge protection, or service entrance protection, is very necessary, point-of-use protection against interior surges should also be used. Plug-ins alone are not enough to guard against more severe surges brought about by lightning or utility changes, so both means of protection are necessary to allow for maximum security and peace of mind.
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!