Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is a whole house surge protection device?
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.