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Ask a Milwaukee Electrician: What is Whole-Home Surge Protection?

If you, like many people, have invested a lot of money in expensive electronic devices, whole-home surge protection is something you should seriously consider. A power surge can happen in the time it takes your lights to blink, but the damage one can cause can be permanent, and expensive. A sudden surge of electrical power can destroy computers, printers, televisions, appliances and electric musical instruments, potentially costing you thousands of dollars. And the damage isn’t always covered by home owners’ insurance.

What is Whole Home Surge Protection?

A whole-home surge protector can provide a buffer against up to 40,000 amps of current flowing into your home from external sources, either from damaged power lines or from an electrical storm (normal household power is about 200 amps). If a power surge occurs, your whole-home surge protector will detect the excess current and safely divert it through the house’s grounding path, sparing your electronics and appliances.

How Much Does Whole-Home Surge Protection Cost?

Whole-home surge protection is surprisingly affordable. A whole-home unit, installed in your circuit break box, usually costs only a few hundred dollars. This is a small amount when compared to the damage a power surge can cause.

How Long Does it Take to Install a Whole-Home Surge Protector?

Your Milwaukee electrician can usually install your whole-home surge protector in just a couple of hours. Prior to your installation day, your electrician will most likely do a visual inspection of your circuit break box to make sure that it’s in good working order.

What are some other benefits of Whole-Home Surge Protection?

In addition to peace of mind, you might be able to qualify for a discount on your home owners’ insurance policy once you have your whole-home surge protector installed.

Ready to install whole-home surge protection? Call Current Electric, your Milwaukee electrical specialists, today.






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