There are multiple factors that could cause your home to have an electrical surge and why it’s important to have surge protection for your home. Lightning-induced surges are the most powerful and feared type of electrical surge to happen in the home, but they don’t make up the majority of surges. Everyday occurrences such as downed power lines, changes in electricity use from a dominant nearby source (such as a factory), or even the cycling on and off of various home appliances such as dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and more. Small, plug-in surge protectors do offer some protection, however, they work best as a second layer of protection. We’ve gathered the top 5 reasons why you should have surge protections set up for your house in Vancouver:
- Surges are more common than you may think. The average home experiences about 20 power surges a day. At the very least, this is causing unnecessary stress on all your electric appliances.
- Keep your appliances in good working order: The tricky part about power surges caused by appliances is that they are not always noticeable right off the bat, and over time these surges can affect the lifespan of your devices. To get the most life out of your large appliances, using a whole-home surge protector is a good investment.
- Save yourself the worry during storms: While it’s not overly common for homes to be struck by lightning, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. A nearby strike can also send a strong surge through power lines and into your home circuits. If you experience a surge caused by lightning, you’re likely going to have to replace all your major appliances which is a large financial hit.
- Not covered by insurance: Standard homeowners insurance policies don’t cover damage to appliances from a power surge. Whole-house surge protection prevents the damage from occurring in the first place.
- Layering protection: Talking to your electrician about layering whole-home surge protection is important when you have expensive and elaborate electronics. If an appliance in your home sends a surge through a shared circuit or one that isn’t dedicated, then all your other outlets may be compromised as well. Layered systems will be connected right to your electrical panel and at the individual point of use.
If having surge protection set up for your house is not something you have thought of before, hopefully, this article can give you some insight as to why we recommend it. The specialists at AJ’s Electrical offer you the knowledge to make the right choices, always providing the best options while meeting your budget for your home. Reach out to us today and inquire about your free quote!