Surge Protect All Breaker Panels

Surge protection beginning at the breaker panel is the first step in whole home surge protection, and is a must, due to the sensitivity and importance of our electronics today. Transient Protection design provides surge protection and power filtering at each breaker panel location (service entrance and sub panel). TPD surge protection for breaker panels will extend the life of all electronics, while improving their reliability. Utility power was designed for motors and incandescent bulbs and does not guarantee clean power for electronics. Contaminated power lines and internally generated transients degrade power supplies, circuit boards, LED drivers and other electronics components causing lockups, downtime and inconvenience. Cleaning up the power in your building will improve sound and picture quality while giving all electronics computer grade power.

How To Protect Breaker Panels

• Use a TPX-1S240-F100 on each breaker panel including subpanel inside and outside the structure. This includes generator panels. This unit has a weatherproof enclosure to be installed indoors or outdoors.
• For flush mount panel locations, order one TPX-FMK45 flush mount kit for each unit that needs to be flush mounted.
• Install on a spare 20- or 30-Amp two-pole breaker where possible or wire directly to the electrical system without circuit interruption. The TPX-1S240-F100 is internally fused, so it can be safely wired to the electrical system if no spare breaker is available.

An additional unit can be installed at the service entrance, if there is a service entrance location where the unit can be installed. Amperage of the panel does not matter. One unit should be installed on every breaker panel in the building. Additional protection can be placed at disconnects and transfer switches please. See the TPX and its compact version for more options.

Why Surge Protect Each Electrical Panel In A Building?

Each year more and more engineers and designers offer surge suppression to protect electrical panels in the building. Today more than ever all buildings that contain electronics need protection from externally and internally generated transient surges. This webpage contains information on the need to protect every electrical breaker panel in the building and not just at the service entrance panel. While suppressors installed on service entrance panels will address external transients such as lightning or utility generated surges, only the sub panel units can stop the internally generated transients caused by operation of HVAC equipment, and all other equipment in the building. Plus, if lightning should strike the building or near the building and inductively couple onto the building’s electrical wiring, if no suppressor is located on the branch panel that the wire is run from, the energy from the lightning could go back to that branch panel and spread out to the other circuits on that panel. Installing panel mount suppression units on both upstream and downstream panels is in accord with the IEEE recommended practices.

How It Works

The service entrance suppressor takes the extremely high voltage and current of an externally generated surge or lightning impulse and reduces it down to a much lower level (e.g. per IEEE C62.41-2005, the peak values for a Location Category C Combination Wave are 10,000V/10,000A). Then, the suppressor on the sub panel acts as the final stage to further reduce the externally generated surge down to a negligible level. And, if the panel mount suppressor also has an Enhanced Transient Filter, the filter will continuously work to clean up all of the internally generated ring wave transients that adversely affect electronics, whether located in HVAC controls, LED drivers, digital controls for appliances, lighting and home automation systems, or computers, printers, TVs, stereos (and all other consumer electronics).

National Electric Code Recommends Service Entrance Type Surge Protection

NEC recommends AC panel protection along with phone and cable surge protection. This protects and diverts unwanted transient surges from entering the building on incoming power wire, ground wire, phone lines, cable sheathing and center pin pathways. NEC requires that phone and cable company dMark locations to be located and grounded with a maximum five foot ground wire to the service entrance of the building. This makes all grounds short for and limits the voltage developed in the grounding connections during lightning strikes. Its recommended that satellite antenna cables should also be routed past the service entrance and grounded there. This is at times may be difficult to achieve but that does not mean remote grounding points along with a surge suppression diversion can be put in place to achieve adequate protection to bring the home up to NEC standards and IEEE recommended practices for power of sensitive electronic equipment and electronics loads. Areas of the country with dirty and unreliable power from the utility company should also be considered high risk areas. A lightning protection system (which refers to adding ground rods, copper points and down conductors to a building) will greatly reduce the risk of fires caused by lighting however it is inadequate to prevent damage to electrical and electronic satellite equipment.


The Importance of Surge Protecting Breaker Panels

Transient Protection Design surge protection for breaker panels is a fundamental consideration for preserving the integrity of electrical systems which protect all appliances and extend the life of electrical equipment in both residential and commercial applications. TPD surge protection plays a pivotal role in safeguarding breaker panels, promoting equipment longevity, and enhancing safety for both homes and businesses. Our quality panel mount suppressor with enhanced filtering should be part of any project and will provide the building owner with a quick return on investment.

Preserving Electrical System Integrity
Breaker panels are the central hub of electrical distribution, controlling power flow throughout homes and businesses. TPD surge protection shields against electrical damage, ensuring the integrity of the electrical system. Whether you're at home or in a commercial setting, TPD surge protection guarantees a reliable and safe supply of electricity.

Safeguarding Valuable Equipment
Electrical systems encompass valuable components, including appliances, electronics, and machinery. Surge-induced damage can lead to costly repairs or replacements of these components. TPD surge protection acts as a guardian, reducing the risk of electrical damage and extending the lifespan of your electrical equipment in both residential and commercial applications.

Ensuring Safety
In both residential and commercial environments, electrical safety is paramount. Surge-induced failures can pose safety hazards, including electrical fires or equipment malfunctions. Transient Protection Design breaker panel surge protection plays a pivotal role in maintaining a safe electrical environment for both residents and employees.

Cost Savings
Repairing or replacing electrical equipment can strain budgets. TPD surge protection acts as a barrier against electrical damage, mitigating the risk of unexpected repair expenses. Whether it's optimizing your home's electrical system or ensuring the productivity of commercial operations, TPD surge protection contributes to cost savings.

Operational Continuity
In commercial settings, uninterrupted power is critical for various operations, including machinery, lighting, and IT infrastructure. Surge-induced failures can disrupt business activities, impacting productivity and customer satisfaction. TPD breaker panel surge protection ensures operational continuity, ensuring that businesses remain productive and operational.

Environmental Responsibility
Electrical systems are essential for various environmental control systems. Surge-induced equipment failures can result in increased energy consumption and waste. TPD surge protection helps maintain the resilience of electrical equipment, aligning with sustainability goals and ensuring the reliability of environmental systems.

Transient Protection Design surge protection for breaker panels is essential for preserving electrical system integrity, protecting valuable equipment, enhancing safety, achieving cost-efficiency, ensuring operational continuity, and promoting environmental resilience in both residential and commercial applications. It provides peace of mind, reliability, and a stable supply of power for homeowners and businesses alike, ensuring that electrical systems remain safe, efficient, and free from disruptions.