Ten Things We Should All Know About Whole House Surge Protection

  1. Power is just like the water coming into your home.  If a water pipe leaks, it’s your responsibility to fix it.  Once power gets into the home it’s your responsibility to deal with it.  It is not the utilities responsibility.

  2. If incoming and outgoing data and telecommunications lines are not correctly protected and grounded as they enter or leave the home, there will almost certainly be damage caused by a difference in ground potential when a nearby lightning strike occurs.

  3. Whole home surge protection starts with breaker panel protection, along with incoming phone and cable protection.  Larger homes require a more sophisticated approach depending on the number of out buildings, outdoor AV equipment, and the size of the data and communication network.   See TPD Whole Home Selector Guide.

  4. Lightning strikes can damage electronic equipment from one mile away.  When multiple building are connected by copper wires ground potential differences can cause extreme damage if equipment is left unprotected.

  5. Lightning is not the biggest culprit of damaged electronics.  Over 80% of electrical surges at the breaker panel in your home are generated by the equipment within the home switching on and off (such as compressors in HVAC equipment, motors in appliances and garage door openers, and pumps).

  6. Even small transients generated inside the home or office cause hardware stress and latent damage to sensitive power supplies and circuit boards, causing glitches, reprogramming issues, lockups, and eventually causing premature failure of the electronic components.
  7. You can often get 30% more useful life out of your appliances, light bulbs, and other equipment using a properly designed TPD whole house surge protection system.

  8. Quality surge suppression, properly installed, provides a quick return on investment and years of savings.

  9. Insurance companies recommend installing surge protection.

  10. The Institute Of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) recommends using surge protection.