Power grid disruptions and subsequent power surges are on the rise across the U.S., with an aging infrastructure, increasing frequency of severe weather, and a growing, technology-centered population taking its toll from the electrical grid to the internal wiring of homes. Every day, expensive electronics are ruined by these surges, leaving many wondering if an investment in a surge protector is now not only a wise but necessary investment.

Surge Protector Payback

Having a whole-home surge protector can save you thousands over the initial investment cost. In addition, to qualifying you for potential discounts from your insurance company, a whole house surge protector can save you the replacement costs of your many sensitive and expensive electrical devices, from your home entertainment system to kitchen appliances, home office equipment, and mobile technology, paying for themselves in the event of even a single power surge.

Are power surges really that common?

The average home experiences 20 power surges a day, about half of which are internal. In addition, over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur annually in the continental U.S., whose resulting losses are typically not covered under homeowner’s insurance.

How can a surge protector safeguard my home against these surges?

Electricity, as a rule, follows the path of least resistance to ground. Hardwired to your home’s electrical panel, surge protectors redirect excess current safely to the ground – blocking it before it has the chance to escape into the circuitry of your home. So where does all this excess current come from?

Disruptions and surges within the power system are many and frequent…

  • Major appliances
    Cycling on and off throughout the day, major appliances account for 60-80% of power surges occurring within the home. These low-level surges eventually degrade the circuitry of expensive electronics reducing the life of these appliances and devices.
  • Faulty wiring
    When was the last time you had your home’s electrical system inspected for safety? Any home over 15 years old should have an electrical inspection to ensure your system is working properly and safely.
  • Downed power lines
    Anything from wind, accidents, branches, animals, and more.
  • Electrical equipment problems and repairs
    Which can result in extreme spikes and drops.
  • Lightning
    Which can cause extreme damage in an instant.

The function of a whole house surge protector makes proper grounding essential, as surge protection is only as good as the grounding system it is connected to. Not sure if you will need an upgraded ground system? Your Magic Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air electrician can perform a simple test to verify the proper grounding that will help you make the most of surge protection in your home.

Tired of replacing your expensive electronics? Or maybe you just want to ensure that your investment in these electronics and appliances is protected. Contact The Magic Team to learn more about essential surge protection today!

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