Many of our clients come to us asking if installing whole house surge protection in their Houston home is worth the investment? The answer is a resounding “Yes”!
The truth is that the cost of installing whole house surge protection is an investment in your home and your belongings. The benefits far outweigh any argument against having surge protection for your home.
Why is Surge Protection Important for Your Houston Home?
Texas residents understand power disruptions all too well. Between hurricane season, out of season storms, and an aging electrical grid, we’ve all experienced outages that have disrupted our lives. And, we’re talking specifically about outages.
But power surges are even more common. The average home has 20 power surges a day that doesn’t result in a complete power failure. These power surges can degrade the integrity of your electronics and appliances, resulting in a shorter life span for them.
Then there are lightning strikes to consider. More than 20 million lightning strikes occur each year in the U.S. Texas ranks at the top of the list for the number of cloud to ground lightning strikes.
Lightning strikes can endanger your family by causing dangerous fires or, at the very least, damage your appliances and electronics to the point that they stop working. Homeowner’s insurance may not cover all losses associated with lightning strikes.
We live in a technology-centered environment. Investing in whole-house surge protection is not only a wise move, but it’s also a necessary one to protect you, your family, your home, and its contents.
Whole House Surge Protection is an Investment That Pays Back
One of the benefits of having a professionally installed whole-house surge protector is that you may receive a discount on your homeowner’s insurance. You could even save on the replacement costs of your home’s electrical devices, whether it’s your home’s kitchen appliances, your home office technological devices, or your flatscreen tv and home entertainment system.
A single power surge can damage your electronics in an instant. So, while the initial investment in a whole house surge protector might make you apprehensive, when you consider these things, it makes sense to do it.
How Does Surge Protection Work?
Some power surges come from outside of your home. For example, downed power lines from wind, fallen branches, or even animals can result in power surges.
A professionally installed whole-house surge protection system redirects any excess electrical current to the ground, the safest route for you and your home. Otherwise, electricity tends to follow the path of least resistance before making it to the ground. This is why trees seem to make good targets during lightning strikes.
A whole-house surge protector is wired to your home’s electrical panel and blocks electricity before it can reach the circuitry in your home, where it can damage its electrical components.
It’s important to remember, however, that some surges are internal. That is, they come from within your home rather than from an outside source. For instance, your appliances account for up to 80% of power surges that occur in your home. Surge protection can prevent that and helps maintain the integrity of your devices.
Why Whole House Surge Protection?
Whole house surge protection offers near-complete protection against power surges. When a residential electrical company evaluates your home to assess your electrical system, the professionals will also inspect your grounding system. This adds a layer of protection for you. You could have problems lurking that you weren’t aware of.
For even greater protection, a solution that adds protection between your home’s meter and power lines, as well as between the breaker box in your home and the meter, is optimal.
When considering whole house surge protection, a professional electrical company can help you make the most of your whole house surge protection installation.
Maybe you’ve already had experience with having to replace expensive appliances or electronics that had many years of life left before a power surge destroyed them. Or, perhaps you want to avoid that scenario altogether.
master electricians are great at what they do.
At a minimum, you should have your home’s electrical condition evaluated. A problem could exist that you weren’t aware of. Or, your home’s electrical state may be better than you envisioned. Either way, it pays to be sure.
We can determine if you need an upgrade or if whole house surge protection can benefit your home. Our service area extends beyond the Houston area into cities like Royal Oaks, Bellaire, River Oaks, Memorial, West University, and more.
Just give our electrical contractors a call. They have the expertise needed to be sure your family is safe, and that the electrical components of your home have maximum protection. Call us at 713-863-1133 to schedule your consultation. Illuminations Lighting Design is the Space City’s go-to experts in premier electrical contracting.