Whole House Surge Protection
Let’s talk whole house surge protection. What is it? What do you need to know? And why is it an important investment for the safety of your homes and your devices.
Think of surge protection as a bouncer at a nightclub. He may only let certain people in and quickly tosses the troublemakers. Getting more interesting?
Well, a good whole-house surge protection device does essentially the same thing. It allows in only the electricity your home needs and not the unruly over-voltages from the utility—then it protects your devices from any trouble that can occur from surges inside the house. Whole-house surge protective devices (SPDs) are typically wired to the electric service box and located nearby to protect all the appliances and electrical systems in a home. They are typically a $200 to $500 add-on.
According to reports more homebuilders today are offering whole-house surge protection as standard adders to help differentiate themselves and help protect homeowners’ investments in electronic systems—especially when some of those sensitive systems can be sold by the homebuilder.
It takes more than power strips or surge protective panels to safeguard your home and electronic devices from dangerous lightning strikes and power surges! But unlike those used in most surge strips, the ones in whole-house systems are built to shunt large surges and can last for years.
A common misconception many homeowners have is that they can protect their home from dangerous lightning strikes and voltage surges simply by plugging their TV or computer into a power strip or just installing a surge protective panel. However, surge protective panels or strips alone are not enough to fight damaging power surges. A power surge will travel through any wire into a house, leaving common appliances and sensitive electronic equipment vulnerable to serious damage.
To provide the most reliable protection, a whole house surge protection network isneeded. A whole house surge protection network is mounted to the load side of the Main Service Panel .
PowerUP’s Surge Protector provides your home with protection from high-energy transient voltage surges that can damage sensitive electronics such as computers, audio and video gear and other electronic appliances. The Whole Home Surge Protector and Suppressor can be used individually or as part of a coordinated application strategy, to protect sensitive electronic equipment, in industrial, commercial and residential locations. This device will divert damaging voltage transients, or surges, away from electronic equipment offering protection against catastrophic failure, costly downtime and data disruptions.
These devices are designed to protect residential as well as small commercial establishments from high voltage transients. .
Protection for whole-house lighting control systems
While this whole house surge suppressor is great for protecting computers, TVs and other electronics, it can also protect against damage to lighting control systems such as INSTEON, X10, or Z-Wave. Voltage spikes of several hundred or even thousands of volts generated by outside sources do occasionally occur. We know of customers that have had several X10 components fail simultaneously for no apparent reason except for one clue, home control components that happened to be plugged into a surge suppressor/surge protector power strip were still functional.
If you are going to be using a significant number of remote control light switches in your home, adding a whole house surge protector will give you a good insurance policy against costly damage to both your home control system and other delicate electrical equipment in your house.
We recommend that whole-house surge protector units be installed by a licensed electrician.
WHOLE HOME SURGE PROTECTOR AND SUPRessors
Protect All of Your Home Electronics with a Single Device
- For use at the service entrance, utility meter, or other branch panel locations
- Unlimited main breaker panel current
- Transient surge capacity – 950 joules, Maximum surge current – 50,000A
- Response time – Instantaneous
- Can be surfaced-mounted or flush-mounted in-wall in a 6″x 6″x 4″ cutout