Nearby lightning strikes, large equipment cycling on and off at nearby factories, downed power lines and even powering up or down your larger appliances in your own home are all sources of power surges.
I had a whole-house surge suppressor professionally installed in my home less than a year ago while the electrician was on-site preparing the wiring and breakers for my natural gas range to be installed.
I am convinced it was a very good investment. Here are a few reasons why…
Most of today’s modern appliances have microprocessors and our house is certainly no exception. Here are the following major items I felt needed protection from surges and nearby lightning strikes:
Now if you figure the cost of repair or, most likely, replacement of any one of those items and it will probably far exceed the $208 I spent on the installment of the surge protector that comes with a lifetime warranty backed by Mr. Electric. The unit I had installed, the Surgeassure TE1C40, is known as a “main zone protector” or “load center protection” and is warranted to protect motor-driven appliances in residential and light commercial applications against electrical power surge damage, including lightning, from entering through the main electrical service panel. It is also warranted to protect against surge for major household electrical and electronic equipment for 10 years when installed by a qualified electrician.
Here are the features and benefits from the makers of the surge arrester (Advanced Protection Technologies, Inc.) I had installed in the circuit breaker panel box:
Photo at top via Now Magazine-Toronto.
General Household Electrical Safety Guidelines: AFCI’s (arc fault circuit interrupters), GFCI’s (ground fault circuit interrupters) and more.