Lightning strikes are more common than people think. An average of 629,000 homes in the US are struck by lightning every year. Some of these homes are lucky enough to have a whole house surge protector installed but unfortunately, most homes do not.
Without surge protection, a lightning bolt hitting your home or the area around your home can cause major damage to your appliances and any electronic devices you have plugged into the walls including mobile devices that are charging.
When lightning hits something, it travels through any materials that can conduct electricity until the charge dissipates. Whole house surge protectors stop the electrical current before it can reach your home’s electrical system and wreak havoc.
Many people think that all they need to protect themselves is a surge protector strip. While surge protector strips can stop an electrical current from blowing your appliances and electronic devices, their usefulness typically only lasts for one surge.
Unlike surge protector strips, a whole house surge protector can handle multiple power spikes and keep your expensive appliances safe from harm. Some homeowners have reported losses of as much as $10,000 due to electrical surges.
Things like refrigerators, microwaves, dish washers, dryers, and washing machines can be destroyed because of lightning strikes. A whole house surge protector costs between $200-500 dollars to purchase and install depending on the type of protector you choose.
In the event a lightning strike does hit your home, having a whole house surge protector can save you thousands of dollars in damages, which is well worth the price.
Although people commonly think of power surges as being related to lightning, 80% of surges are actually self-caused. Bigger utilities and appliances such as an air conditioning unit or dishwasher can send small surges through your home.
These surges aren’t likely to blow all of your electronic devices at once, but they can wear them down over time, reducing their efficiency and lifespan. Whole house surge protectors will stop these self-induced mini-surges and prolong the life of your appliances and electronic devices.
If you’re concerned about the possibility of lightning strikes or self-induced power surges, you should consider having a whole house surge protector installed. They are relatively inexpensive and can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Don’t take the risk of having your expensive utilities, appliances, and electronic devices ruined by a power surge.
Aiello Home Services technicians are experts at recommending and installing the right whole house surge protector for your home. We also offer a home electrical system check to give you peace of mind.
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