Whole-Home Surge Protection in Northern Virginia
Electricity typically flows in a steady current. This means we can normally use all of our electrical appliances without any problems but at random moments, the power can spike unexpectedly and surge through your system. Issues with power lines are often the cause of residential power surges. However, powerful appliances and equipment such as your AC, water heater, and even your garage door opener (all of which require a large amount of electricity) also create surges if they run at the same time.
If a surge takes place and your electrical system isn’t prepared to handle it, this can result in an electrical fire. You may already have portable surge strips for your electronics, and this is a great first line of defense when it comes to protecting your television, computer, and audio systems. However, the larger appliances in your home remain vulnerable. The trick is to protect your system beforehand against unpredictable power surges—and that’s how Infinite Electric can help, providing you with whole-home surge protection.
Power surges can damage many different home appliances, including:
Anything that runs with a motor is vulnerable to power surges. Using the right surge protector, you can safeguard all of your investments. However, lightning is an exception. No surge protector can offset the power of lightning. During a lightning storm, unplug your major appliances until the storm subsides.
Professional Surge Protector Installation
Finding the right product depends on your electrical needs, system layout, and more. Our Northern Virginia electricians at Infinite Electric have years of evaluating systems and offering professional recommendations. We do not recommend performing this installation on your own since there are adjustments that will need to be made to the electrical panel. We’ll be more than happy to examine your system and suggest which surge protector is best suited for your home.
Call (540) 881-0473 today to get a quote for whole-home surge protection.
Whole-house surge protectors became mandatory in 2020
Stopping electrical surges before they strike individual branch circuits and reach your outlets on circuits is another level of protection that the NEC (National Electric Code) deems extremely important—so much so that with each new panel installed after 2020, a whole-house surge protector will be installed as well. To bring your house up to code, you will need a whole-house surge protector installed at the panel location.
Why was the code changed to include mandatory whole-house surge protectors in 2020? The code committee statement regarding the new code section expressed that this code change addresses the need for surge protection to properly protect the sensitive electronics present in most modern appliances as well as safety devices (AFCI, GFCI, and smoke/carbon monoxide detection) and other equipment commonly found in dwellings.
Installing whole-house surge protection directly at the panel has not only become required by NEC code, but many homeowners are having this done in response to personally sustaining thousands of dollars in damage to their electronics. We encourage all our customers to proactively install these relatively inexpensive devices before enduring these costly losses.
Whole-House Surge Protection Services in the Northern VA Area
Whether you’re looking to add years of usable life to your appliances, or you’re looking to avoid the worst-case scenarios that surges can present, Infinite Electric is ready to provide for your needs. We offer a full range of home protection services and systems, so when you want proper defense against electrical stress, call on us to get quality service, clear-cut by-the-project pricing, and a full-service guarantee. For surge protection in Northern Virginia, call (540) 881-0473!