Houston Home Service Experts

Whole House Surge Protection

Make your own luck this Friday the 13th and safeguard your appliances and electronics with a whole house surge protector. Power surges are usually short, quick occurrences that are easy to dismiss, but ultimately destructive. Over time, these small surges can compromise the performance of your electrical products and shorten their lifespans considerably. Bigger surges, mainly caused by lightning strikes, can damage and even destroy your entire electrical system. Houston homes are particularly vulnerable to lightning surges, which are prevalent year round. This is why it makes sense to invest in whole house surge protection to keep your home and electrical products safe.

Whole house surge protection devices (SPDs), like the name implies, can keep your home’s entire electrical system from harm. They are connected to the highest point of an electrical panel and can be installed right beside it for easy access. There are also panel designs available that have SPD technology already built into the system. But for homes that are dealing with surges and not in the market for a new panel, SPDs are an ideal solution to the problem.

Are you considering installing whole house surge protection? Universal has several compelling reasons to do so:

  • A whole house SPD can protect against up to 40,000 amps flowing into your electrical system from outside. The common home holds from 200 to 300 amps.
  • 60 – 80% of small surges (referred to as transient) are generated internally and come from major appliances and electronics.
  • Major appliances that tend to cycle on and off including central air systems and washer/dryers are usually the main culprits of transient surges.
  • Transient surges are so common (and sometimes undetectable) that can happen continuously throughout the day.
  • A whole house SPD is designed to keep your appliances and electronics from harm – but it can also safeguard your entire electrical system.
  • Most whole house SPD units are reasonably priced in the $200 – $300 range. Compared to what a homeowner will save in repairs or replacement, this is a bargain.
  • Homes with recurring surge problems might want to consider a two-tiered system: a whole house SPD installed at the electrical panel – and plug-in SPDs connected to individual outlets.
  • Many modern gadgets and appliances are made with microprocessors, which are easily corrupted by surges.
  • Houston is the lightning center of Texas, recording about 1,700 strikes in June and July each year according to Texas A &M University.
  • Because power surges don’t present a fire hazard, they aren’t required by building codes. However, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Institute for Business and Home Safety both recommend them.

If you are considering whole house surge protection for your home, give the experts at Universal a call today. Our technicians can assess your home and recommend the best unit or combination of SPDs based on your needs. Contact us today at (713) 364-0226 to set up an appointment – and keep your home and appliances safe and secure!