The average home is wired for about 200 amps to cover all electrical uses, but that doesn’t mean that more electricity can’t surge through your electrical panel: it can. And as you can probably guess, the results aren’t good, because even though excess electricity can flow through your electrical panel, it’s not supposed to. It’s kind of like a small dam trying to hold back too much water. So what happens when too much electricity surges through your electrical system? Your system, and all things plugged into it, may fry when a surge pulses through your electrical system, and you could lose a lot of appliances, electronics and some functionality in your home.
However, when you have a whole-home surge protector in place, the excess electricity from a power surge is automatically redirected into the ground that is part of the surge protector system. When you consider that power surges can contain upwards of 40,000–50,000 amps, and your electrical box is wired to handle 200 amps, you can clearly see why whole-home surge protection is important for your home. We get a lot of powerful thunderstorms in our part of the country, and our electrical experts have seen first–hand how much damage can ensue from a power surge. We can handle installation, repair, and replacement of your whole–home surge protection system, so don’t wait for your flat screen to fizzle – call us today! Elite Electric, Plumbing & Air offers surge protection services in Port St. Lucie and the surrounding areas.
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Types of Whole House Surge Protection
Surge protection is divided into 3 categories: Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3. Each type offers a different level of surge protection for your home. Types 1 and 2 are the most effective, as they are in-home devices; type 3 surge protection relates to surge protection strips, which offer minimal surge protection.
- Type 1 surge protectors are installed in front of your home’s electrical meter. These types of surge protectors, also known as meter socket surge protectors, divert power surges into the ground before an electrical surge can enter your home.
- Type 2 surge protectors are installed directly in your electrical panel, on the load side. A type 2 surge protector redirects excess electricity before it can reach your electrical panel and flood it.
Our trained experts can help you determine which type or types of whole house surge protection will be best for your home. If you already have whole–home surge protection and need an expert to repair or replace an existing protector, our professionals are here to help.
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You can never be too careful with your home’s electronics and appliances, and one of the best ways to help defend them is to have whole–home surge protection.