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Should You Invest in a Whole-House Surge Protector?

Deciphering the Surge Protector Conundrum.

Are you considering beefing up your home’s defenses against electrical mishaps? Before you whip out your wallet, let’s dissect the pros and cons of whole-home surge protection. Get ready to power up your knowledge and safeguard your precious electronics!

Surge protector on the left

Surge protector to the left of the electrical panel. Photo: This Old House

What’s the Buzz: Unraveling the Mystery of Whole-Home Surge Protectors.

So, what exactly is a whole-home surge protector (SPD)? Think of it as a superhero guarding your electrical panel. These nifty gadgets attached to your home’s electrical panel and act as a gatekeeper, allowing safe electrical currents while blocking harmful surges. Lightning-fast reactions divert excess voltage away into the ground via a ground wire, preventing potential appliance meltdowns and fiery fiascos.

Many homeowners mistakenly think that plugging their computer into a power strip is enough for surge protection, but that’s rarely true. First, it’s essential to note that not all surge protectors are reliable; some are just glorified extension cords. Second, surges can infiltrate a house through any wire, including phone and cable lines, appliances, televisions, satellite systems, and computers.

Common Causes of Electrical Surges.    the damage a home power surge can do for CK electric website in Sykesville MD

External Surges:

  • Lightning strikes
  • Utility grid transfers
  • Downed or damaged power lines
  • Intentional power outages.

Internal Surges-Motors turning on/off:

  • Refrigerators
  • Dryers
  • Garage door openers
  • AC units-compressors
  • HVAC fans
  • Shop tools-Air compressors, miter saws etc.

According to one of our favorite websites, NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), electrical surges that happen inside a home account for 60 to 80% of surges which can take down your electronics and appliances.

Imagine a calm evening at home. The kids are playing their video games in their rooms, you and your spouse are Netflixing and chilling, when a power surge turns your entire home dark, taking out some of your most used and needed appliances and electronics.

The average home could have over $15,000 worth of valuable electronics and sensitive electronics within appliances, which are susceptible to the damaging effects of internal and external surges. Below are the average costs to repair or replace your valuable electronics and sensitive electronics within your appliances.

damage costs due to home power surge for CK electric

The Advantages of Whole-Home Surge Protection

Prepare to be dazzled by the perks of whole-home surge protection!  Modern homes of today are jammed packed with some of the most sophisticated electronics ever made. These electric guardian angels shield your appliances from the wrath of surges, ensuring your all gadgets that you need for daily living and thriving, stay safe and sound.

electronics and appliances can be destroyed by power surges for CK Electric LLC Sykesville

What Electronics Are Protected:

  • Laptops, tablets, & desktop computers
  • Our precious smartphones
  • Televisions
  • Gaming equipment
  • Smart & not so smart refrigerators
  • HVAC systems
  • Lighting
  • Washers & dryers
  • Stereo systems
  • Electric Ranges
  • Microwaves and other smaller countertop appliances.


Eaton home surge protector warranty and coverage for CK electric

Watt’s the Catch? The Downside of Surge Protection

Before you commit, let’s shine a light on the potential drawbacks. Yes, installing a surge protector requires an upfront investment. But fear not, for it’s a one-time expense that pays dividends in protection. And while surge protectors aren’t invincible from lighting strikes themselves, layering your defenses ensures maximum safety for your beloved gadgets.

Surge Ahead with Confidence

Armed with knowledge, you’re now equipped to make an informed decision about whole-home surge protection. Don’t let electrical uncertainties zap your peace of mind—take charge and safeguard your home against the unpredictable forces of nature. With the right surge protector by your side, you can conquer any electrical storm that comes your way.

CK Electric, along with our favorite reality tv contractor Mike Holmes, approve, supply, and install Eaton home surge protectors for our clients in Sykesville and the surrounding areas. Eaton surge protective devices (SPD) include the industry’s most complete line of products, provide superior protection for sensitive home electronics and carry comprehensive warranty coverages from $10,000 to $75,000.

Contact us to discuss and schedule your surge protector installation with one of our talented and highly skilled electrical technicians and put your mind to rest today.