Why You Should Invest in a Surge Protector
It’s pretty clear that surge protectors are a worthy investment, and an easy way to protect your electronics. Generally speaking, most people by now have at least one surge protector in their house. The main downside to household surge protectors is that they can only protect a select few devices at a time. As mentioned, they are also at risk of being damaged themselves if an especially large surge occurs. These are a few of the reasons that we’re personal advocates for whole house surge protectors. Before we dive in to the advantages, let’s consider the causes of a power surge.
What can Cause Surges?
A power surge can be caused by a number of different things. Some might be surprised to learn that most power surges actually stem from inside your home. The most common cause of a power surge is when outlets or circuits are overloaded. For example, having too many high powered electronics plugged into one outlet and running all at once can cause a power surge. Household surge protectors are designed to handle multiple devices on one protector, but having a bunch of high powered electronics running from one protector does present a risk.
Damaged wiring can also cause power surges because it creates an abnormal flow of electricity. And as we know, your most valuable electronics are especially vulnerable to this kind of abnormal flow. Even if it doesn’t cause immediate harm, it puts strain on the components and wears them down.
Your most high powered electronics – such as your fridge or dryer – are also common causes of power surges, simply because they require so much electricity to run.
In simple terms, anything that could potentially disrupt the normal flow of electricity is at potential risk of causing a power surge.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
Clearly, there are a number of ways in which a power surge can occur. They are variable and unpredictable. One of the huge advantages of a whole house surge protector is that once it’s installed, you really don’t have to think about it. It’s the easiest way to have all of your electronics protected without having to plug it in to a specific surge protector. They are also more powerful and designed to withstand stronger surges. This alone makes them the better option in our opinion. It’s a hard pill to swallow if you go to the lengths of getting a surge protector and hooking up your most beloved electronics, only to lose them to a strong power surge.
Whole house surge protectors are of course more expensive than household surge protectors, not least because they require a professional to install them. While you can theoretically save a bit of money installing one yourself, we strongly advise against this unless you have knowledge and experience in the field. You can do more harm than good, not only to your electronics but to yourself, if you don’t install it properly. That being said, they’re not overly expensive for what they provide. And once you have it, it will likely outlast any household surge protector.