Lightning Proofing Your Home In Arizona

2012 Jul 12
Posted in: Electrical

Thunder and Lightning storms don't happen often in Phoenix, Arizona but when they do, the results can be brutal to homeowners. If your home is affected by lightning and you have minimal surge protectors for only specific appliances, you are only half way safe! Maybe you have a surge protector strip on specific outlets for your computer and TV, but are your other, more expensive, appliances safe? Like your air-conditioning unit, stove, fridge and pool?

What you may want to consider for protection, is a Whole-House Surge Protector. A Whole-House Surge Protector covers exactly that, your whole house! You receive equal protection to circuits and receptacles throughout your entire home, protecting your outlets against up to 20,000+ volts of electrical surge from lightning strikes to neighborhood phone poles, transformers or whatever else may cause an electrical surge to your home.

This type of surge protector is installed onto your home’s electrical panel and usually looks like a large, rectangle plug added next to your circuit board. If you don’t think you have one installed already and would like one, give us a call! We can assess the situation and let you know, officially, if your home is protected from electrical surges and lightning. Having one of our Electricians verify for you, as well as install the surge protector for you, is not only the safe way to have this done, but is also re-assuring, knowing that the job was done right and that your home is protected from surges. 

If you know you already have a Whole-House Surge Protector, you may wonder: are additional surge protector plug-in strips for my other devices and appliances still necessary? The answer is, yes. The Whole-House Surge Protector acts as your first defense. Having an additional surge protector plug-in strip in each room for different devices and appliances is still recommended as your second defense against a surge.

Finally, if you already have a Whole-House Surge Protector or are planning on having us install one for your home, you may want to know that, unfortunately, they don’t last forever. Once your Whole-House Surge Protector absorbs a surge, it has to be replaced, as there is no reset button with this device. You may also want to schedule an annual electrical inspection. During an inspection, our experts, test the surge protector light to make sure it hasn’t been activated. The rest of your home’s electrical system is also included in this inspection to make sure everything is safe and running smoothly.  

If you are a pro-active homeowner, and like to be ahead of nature’s backlashes, give us a call to install your Whole-House Surge Protector. Feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (602) 257-9000.