Most homes have surge protectors in them – they are commonly referred to as power bars, and are used to expand the amount of outlets that you have in your home. However, they also provide a very important safety feature to the appliances that are plugged in to them. Power surges can damage the electrical equipment in your appliances, causing them to use more energy and work less efficiently, or even burn out completely. Thankfully, a surge protector can be installed to protect your entire home from power surges. Understanding the benefits associated with a whole house surge protector can help you decide whether or not it is the right fit for your needs.

All Encompassing

Power bars are plugged in to individual outlets, and protect those appliances that are plugged in to them. This means that only certain appliances are protected, and some appliances, such as your furnace and air conditioning system, are not able to be protected at all, as they do not use a conventional wall outlet. A whole house surge protector is installed directly at the electrical box of your home, and provides coverage not only to every wall outlet, but every electrical appliance in your home. This ensures that you have the greatest possible coverage, and gives you peace of mind as you do not have to worry about whether a certain appliance is covered.

Longer Appliance Lifespan

Whole house surge protectors work by taking excess voltage and redirecting it into the ground, preventing "surges" in electricity usage and extending appliance lifespan. The most noticeable example of this working will be the longer lifespan of your light bulbs. As light bulbs use energy, the filament within them burns out. Power surges will cause the filament to burn more quickly, and protecting your home from surges means that the filament burns slower, resulting in a longer lifespan. The example of a light bulb can be applied to more complicated appliances.

Low Maintenance

Whole house surge protectors do not need to be regularly maintained in order to continue working properly. There is no cleaning that has to be done, and the protector is always on. The only maintenance that has to be performed is to have a licensed electrician come in semi-regularly, about once a year, to ensure that the protector is still working as it should and to replace or repair the unit as necessary. They are a true set-and-forget safety feature, again increasing your peace of mind.