Simply put, a whole house surge protector cools all of the electronics in your house from excess voltage spikes, either shorting it out to ground or blocking it from rising to maximum power. This reduces the risk of injury and increases the efficiency of your appliances. If your appliances are getting too hot, these heaters and air conditioners can take the heat out of your house. Too much electricity is used in summer, and it causes appliances to overheat. When the refrigerator gets too cold, the less food it can keep, and that means you’ll be eating cold foods that are bad for you.
These electronic devices can be expensive to replace, so it’s best to protect them with a whole house surge protector. It covers a large section of the total area of your house, which means it can’t be easily breached by intruders or home invaders. Additionally, these panels are water and dust proof. They work with the existing surge protection wiring in your home, which means you don’t have to dig anywhere to hide the panel. Instead, you can simply place it where the existing panel was before.
The benefits of having a whole house surge protector include not just protecting the electronics from damage, but also the main connection point in your home. The breaker box is usually located in the basement, but it may be necessary to drill some more holes to run the wires. When you connect new wires, be sure they are properly grounded to prevent shorts or electrocution.
One way to hide your whole house surge protector is to hide the main panel with wires. This works if you need only part of your home protected, such as an entertainment center with a DVD player and speakers. If you want to cover the whole room, then you should run the black wires under the kitchen cabinets and inside the wall near the door. When you plug in the appliance, it will go into the wall and the surge protector will protect the appliance from damage. This method will require that you hide the panel with exposed wires, so you must be prepared for potential appearances of bare wires and boxes in your basement.
It’s important to note that if you need to hide a whole house surge protector, you do need to consider how you are going to hide the connection points for your appliances and electronics. For example, if you need to hide the connection for your DVD player and stereo, you will have to run the wires through the walls. This means you will need to purchase some temporary wall coverings to camouflage the panel. Some are designed to look like drywall and some will have an adhesive backing. You can also hide the surge protectors with decals or painting.
In addition to protecting your electronics and appliances, a whole house surge protector can protect your home against electrical fire. Electrical fires start when moisture collects around cables and becomes a conductive medium. A surge protector will help keep moisture away from these cables, helping to prevent fires from starting.