What Is A Whole Home Surge Protector & How Does It Work?

What Is A Whole Home Surge Protector & How Does It Work?

What Is A Whole Home Surge Protector & How Does It Work?

Surge protectors are devices used to prevent electrical surges from damaging the electronics and appliances in your home. Surge protectors, also known as surge protection devices or SPDs, can also help prevent electrical fires that could otherwise be started by a power surge. Whole-home surge protection devices are installed inside the home’s electrical panel so they can provide protection to the entire electrical system, as opposed to power strip surge protectors that are less effective and only protect individual electronics. Whole-home surge protectors monitor the voltage of the electrical current as it enters the house 24/7, and when a power surge is detected, the device will redirect the excess electrical current into the ground through the home’s main grounding wire. The redirection of this excess electricity will protect your appliances, electronics, and electrical system as a whole! Some of the electronics that whole-home surge protectors are used to protect include:

  • Computers
  • Gaming Systems
  • Security Systems
  • Air Conditioning Systems
  • Furnaces
  • Office Equipment
  • LED Lighting
  • Washing Machines & Dryers
  • Kitchen Appliances

If you have any questions about surge protectors or are a homeowner in the Southeastern Massachusetts region that is considering installing a surge protection device in your electrical panel, please contact our team at RCA Electric & Generators today!

How Are Power Surges Caused?

Electrical surges can be caused by a wide range of things, most of which are bound to happen eventually at your home. One of the common causes of a power surge is a downed power line somewhere near your house. The winter storms we experience here in New England can knock down branches and entire trees, with power lines commonly being collateral damage. Another common cause of a power surge is a lightning strike near a power line, leading to rapid increases in voltage that will cause electrical surges in homes in the area. Finally, the most common cause of electrical surges are large appliances powering on and powering off. According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, between 60% and 80% of power surges are created internally, often by switching on and off large appliances like air conditioners.

Contact RCA Electric & Generators!

If you have any questions about whole-home surge protectors or would like to get a free quote on an installation of one of these devices at your home in Southeastern Massachusetts, please contact RCA Electric & Generators today! Give us a call at (508) 428-0449 or fill out the contact form on our website, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible!

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