I'm interested in getting a whole house surge protector that can help me avoid blackouts. What do I need to know beforehand?
Utility company infrastructures are aging just as weather is becoming less predictable, making this an ideal time to protect your home from power failures.
But to be clear: Whole house surge protectors, also known as surge arrestors, are just one part of a comprehensive approach to power outage defense. The key to whole house surge protector effectiveness is having a licensed electricial install it, making sure the surge arrestor is connected all electrical circuits.
Above all, though, I recommend investing in a standby home generator in addition to a whole house surge protector. This will ensure you stay powered and in your home, which is the most effective way to keep your outlets and appliances safe.
Whether you buy an Intermatic, Leviton, or another brand of whole house surge protector, get one with indicator lights to let you know it's working. The unit could sustain a major hit and burn out, but without indicator lights, you wouldn't know you've lost protection on one or both power phases.
Easy to install and relatively inexpensive means of providing protection for your entire electrical system, particularly in storms. I highly recommend.
Here is just one of many that I would use
Intermatic IG1240RC3 Whole Home Type-2 Surge Protection Device by Intermatic 5.0 out of 5 stars (1)
Cost approximatley $116.72
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