Power surges can occur for a variety of reasons. The overvoltage on a utility line can be caused by lightning and storms or fluctuations in power supply from your electric utility. In addition, power surges can be caused by turning large home appliances off and on. The best way to keep your home safe is contact a professional electrician and set up an appointment to install a whole-home surge protector. On the fence? Consider these seven reasons:

1. Safeguard Your Data

Today, you have more electronic appliances and gadgets than ever that need to be plugged in. It's important to safeguard all the data and photos stored on your computers, laptops, and tablets. The best way to protect them from a surge is by installing a whole-home surge protector. Imagine the costs associated with replacing just your kitchen appliances, then consider the washer and dryer, HVAC system, flat screen TV, the office computer and printer and nearly anything else that is plugged in. Those costs add up fast!

2. Save Money

Simply having a whole-home surge protector could qualify you for discounts from your insurance company. Check to be sure. And that doesn't include the potential costs of replacing the fried appliances and electronics in your home.

3. Increase the Longevity of Your Appliances

The vast majority of power surges are caused by an appliance within the home. The downside of these small and frequent surges is that they can end up damaging and degrading the performance of your home appliances. Therefore, a whole-home surge protector can help keep your appliances running smoothly for years to come.

4. Power Surges are Common

Many people are not aware of how frequently these power surges occur within the home. In fact, the typical U.S. home has nearly 20 power surges every day. And about 60 percent to 80 percent of these are internal and caused by your appliances. With surges this frequent, it's a good investment to protect against them.

5. Gain Full Electrical System Protection

In addition to protecting your home appliances from power surges, a whole-home surge protector would also help guard your entire electrical system. This means that outlets and electrical equipment in your home would be protected from dangerous power surges.

6. Safeguard Against Storm-Caused Surges

Although many small power surges are caused by in home appliances, storms can also wreak havoc and cause detrimental power surges. With a whole-house system, you wouldn't have to worry about severe weather so much.

7. If You Wait, You May Be Too Late

These power surges can cause permanent damage to expensive appliances such as your refrigerator. If you wait too long to have a whole-home power surge protector installed, the consequences could be devastating.

When it comes to protecting your home and your belongings, it's simply not worth waiting. For more information or to schedule an appointment to install a whole-house power surge protector, contact the expert electrician at Ragsdale today.

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