The Benefits of a Whole-House Surge Protector.

blogOn a typical spring or summer day, chances are you have all kinds of expensive electronic equipment running at the same time – everything from your central AC system to computer, TV, DVD player, and all the rest. During the winter,

But let’s say your home is suddenly hit by lightning.  Among other possible outcomes, that could cause a tremendous power surge capable of damaging or destroying your AC system – and everything else in your home with a microprocessor – in a heartbeat.  The same can happen when the power suddenly comes back on following a power outage.

To better protect your home and your belongings, Genesis Electric recommends a whole-house power surge protector in combination with power cords with built-in surge protection for use with all your home electronics.

A whole-house surge protector can protect against up to 40,000 amps of current flowing into your home from the outside; normal household power is 200 to 300 amps. When a sudden surge occurs, the device detects the excess current and safely diverts it through your home’s grounding path. Think of it as another form of insurance for your high-end electronics.

Is this something you really need? That’s something only you can decide, but consider the following: in the average US household, there are literally dozens of power surges literally every day that result from internal causes alone.  Your appliances can cause one when the motor turns on.  So can your hair dryer, AC system, furnace, and dish washer.

Fortunately, most of these are not powerful enough to damage your electronics.  But what happens if and when an internally or externally generated power surge really does wipe out something as valuable as your AC system?

Suffice it to say that even with installation included, the cost of a whole-house surge protector is substantially less than even a new medium-priced appliance.  So to better protect what’s yours, contact Genesis Electric today and ask about whole-house surge protection for your home.

 

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