If you're contemplating setting up surge protection in your home, you may be wondering which is the "best" type and whether you should shell out for individual surge protectors or a more generalized protection system for the whole house. These three differences between the two types will help you see the advantages and disadvantages of each.
1. The whole-house type makes it easier to be sure all your electronics are protected.
In this day and age, almost every appliance in your house is likely to be electronic. In case you were wondering, that includes
- Food processor
- LED lights
- Power tools
- Stereo system
- Electric can opener
- AC unit
These are just a few of the appliances that can be damaged by power surges.
2. The common point-of-use type can only be used for certain appliances and electronics.
Have you ever had the problem of how to plug in your oven and dishwasher when you try to rearrange your kitchen? These large appliances don't use the standard size outlets that point-of-service protectors generally use. You may be able to find specialized point-of-service protectors for them, but they're difficult to obtain. In addition, acquiring them for every item in your kitchen (refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, et cetera) can add up to considerable expense.
3. The point-of-use type doesn't protect your electrical system.
Even if you could plug everything you own into a surge-protecting power strip, it wouldn't be enough to save you from sustaining electrical damage and needing expensive repairs in the event of a catastrophic power surge. This is because the electrical wiring inside your walls is also susceptible to enormous amounts of power running through it. In fact, a power surge can even start a fire if it manages to enter your house. Components of the system at stake include
- Lights and light switches
- Electrical outlets
- Internal wiring
The only way to keep the power surge out of your home entirely is to use a whole-house protector.
As you can see, the operation of point-of-use surge protectors and whole-house protectors have different effects and advantages. The whole-house type may be more universally protective and more important overall, but the experts say you should use both whole-house and point-of-service for maximum protection. This approach offers the advantage of a universal protection paired with additional surge reduction for your most expensive electronics (such as your computer) to increase your chances of surviving a hit from a disastrous surge. Contact a company like Advantage Electric for more information.