If you’re thinking about surge protection, remember that Bentonville, AR, averages about 60 thunderstorms per year. Severe thunderstorms can damage your home, your property, and your electronics. While whole-house surge protection may not protect your roof, it can certainly protect everything under it. Let’s take a look at what surge protection is and why it’s crucial if you’re living in Bentonville.
What Is Surge Protection?
A power surge occurs when there’s a spike in voltage inside your home. Often, these surges are caused by severe thunderstorms. When a power surge occurs in your home, it may damage your electronics or anything else that’s plugged into your electrical system. This includes your kitchen appliances, HVAC system, and washer/dryer unit.
A whole-house surge protector is a device that our electricians can install in your electrical panel. When a power surge occurs, the surge protector absorbs the voltage and diverts it away from your electrical system.
Why Power Surges Happen
Power surges can happen in old homes that have bad wiring. Another reason for power surges is faulty wiring that has been damaged by pests, weather, or leaks. Overloaded circuits are a third reason that a power surge could occur in your home.
Given that Bentonville sees so many lightning storms every year, it’s important that you seriously consider installing a protector in your home. Here’s why.
It Protects Your Electronics
When a storm is about to hit, the best thing you can do is unplug your electronics and any large devices. However, that may not always be realistic, and you may not always be at home when a storm hits. A whole-house surge protector will protect your HVAC system, washing machine, dryer, TV, computer, and other appliances in your home. This can save you a ton of money.
There are two types of surge protectors. You can have a whole-house surge protector or a strip surge protector. A whole-house surge protector will protect your entire electrical system. A strip-surge protector will protect just those devices that are plugged into the surge-protected outlet.
It Can Extend the Lifespan of Your Electronics
If you don’t use a surge protector, your gadgets may still seem to work fine. However, you’ll notice a slow decline over time. Without surge protection, your devices may end up having a shorter lifespan. In addition, they won’t be protected, which puts your electronics in danger of getting fried.
Installing Whole-House Surge Protection
If you’re looking to install whole-house surge protection in your home, call us at Allstate Electric and Communications. Our licensed electricians can make sure your electrical system is compatible with your whole-house surge protector. Our team can properly and safely install the protector.
This is not a job you should try to do yourself. When you need surge protection for your home, rely on our professionals instead.