Whole House Surge Protection, Toronto

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Whole House Surge Protection, Toronto

The need for effective whole house surge protection has never been more important than it is nowPower surges, which are random electrical disturbances, happen when the voltage needed to power a home or device exceeds the normal flow of electricity. Although they are temporary, they can cause lasting and significant damage.

Intense weather patterns are some of the leading external causes for power surges in homes. In recent years, the GTA has been especially prone to these, as just in 2013, a severe ice storm left thousands without power in Toronto. According to Environment Canada, the average number of thunderstorm days that cause lightning in the city of Toronto is around 40 days per year. These lightning strikes contribute hugely to the number of annual external power surges, as lightning does not even need to directly strike a house to cause damage — nearby strikes can send intense surges through adjacent power lines that eventually reach the home.

In addition to weather conditions being responsible for these power surges, homeowners in Toronto are seeing an increased use of electronic devices and appliances (such as computers, heaters, air conditioners, etc.). Along with their increased use comes the constant need to turn these devices on and off (or sometimes they may even cycle on and off on a schedule), which create small, low-power surges. This cycling throughout the day is responsible for nearly 80% of all internal power surges, and although they may seem harmless, they have been shown to threaten the lifetime performance of your electronic devices.

Other factors for power surges include when utility companies experience equipment failures, or other events that cause electric poles to be knocked down or power lines to be damaged (such as high winds, car crashes, construction machines, or fallen trees).

So why exactly are power surges so hazardous? All it takes is one surge and all of the electrical equipment in your house can go down like that. Low-power surges can lead to damaged appliances, amounting over time to costly replacements that seem to have ‘suddenly’ stopped working. Devices such as your computer or your home entertainment system are highly sensitive to voltage fluctuations, and without the proper protection, these devices are prone to damage.

At worst, surges can also pose a serious risk to safety. High-energy power surges can lead to disastrous consequences, such as house fires that end up causing thousands of dollars in property damage. Just in 2019, a transformer exploded in Acton, Ontario (the Georgetown area) and caused a massive power surge. This power surge led to 23 emergency fire calls, and two of those house fires ended in permanent structural damage to their properties.

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

Contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information, to learn more about essential surge protection, and to inquire about having whole house surge protection installed in your home! We operate within the GTA to ensure that your home is safe.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a whole house surge protection device?

A whole house surge protector shields all of your house appliances from any unexpected voltage spikes. It does this by restricting excess electrical current, diverging it and sending it to ground. Without whole house surge protection, any power surge can cause your electronics to be damaged or completely fried. Even if they still somehow work, the device’s exposure to repeated surges can lower their lifetime performance.

What about other kinds of surge protectors? (e.g. power strips)

Many homeowners like to use power surge protector strips as their go-to electronics protection. These devices look like regular power strips, with the added feature of voltage surge protection anywhere from 400 volts or less. If you are not buying cheap dollar stores ones, the pricier ones come with an LED indicator that shows if they have been worn out and if it is time to replace them. Most power surge protector strips plug into a wall outlet and can double as outlets for multiple devices.

The issue which most often arises is that power surge protector strips are connected to a wall. When larger power surges run through, there is very little to no possible protection for the electronics plugged into the strip. These strips are okay for non-essential cheap electronics, which you would not mind replacing if they fry, but be very weary connecting laptops, home audio and home theatre systems, video game consoles, TV, microwaves, etc.

Power strips alone are also not enough to protect the house and guard only individual electronics or appliances. Instead, they should be used in addition to a whole house surge protector.

Why should I install a whole house surge protector?

Whole house surge protection, in addition to high-quality power strips recommended by electricians, are your best defense against unwanted power surges. This line of defense can protect your entire house and all of your electronics, including those that are not plugged to a wall (such as your central AC).

When a MADE ELECTRIC electrician is called to your home, they will install a whole house protection device to your home’s electrical panel box. These devices stop large surges from external sources, such as lightning, and diverge it to the ground, saving you thousands of dollars in house fire damage.

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