whole home surge protection

How Does a Whole-home Surge Protector Work

Understanding Whole-Home Surge Protection: How It Works and Why It Matters

In today’s interconnected world, our homes are filled with numerous sensitive electronic devices that are vulnerable to power surges. These appliances, ranging from smartphones to refrigerators, can be damaged or destroyed instantly if not properly protected. This is where whole-home surge protectors come into play, offering a comprehensive defense against electrical surges that can wreak havoc on these valuable investments.

How Does a Surge Protector Work?

A surge protector acts as a barrier between your home’s electrical system and the devices plugged into it. It works by detecting excess voltage and diverting it away from your appliances, ensuring that only safe levels of electricity reach your devices. By neutralizing sudden spikes in voltage, surge protectors act as a shield, safeguarding your electronic devices from potential damage.

Pros and Cons of a Whole-House Surge Protector


  • Comprehensive Protection: Unlike individual surge protectors, which only safeguard specific devices, whole-home surge protectors shield all appliances and electronics connected to your home’s electrical system.
  • Convenience: With a whole-house surge protector, you don’t need to worry about purchasing and installing multiple surge protectors for individual devices.
  • Increased Safety: By preventing electrical fires and equipment damage, surge protectors enhance the overall safety of your home.


  • Initial Cost: Whole-house surge protectors typically require professional installation and may involve higher upfront costs than individual surge protectors.
  • Maintenance: While surge protectors are designed to withstand multiple surges, they can degrade over time and may need to be replaced periodically to maintain optimal performance.

Surge Protection FAQs:

Is a 20-Year-Old Surge Protector Still Good?

While surge protectors are designed to provide long-lasting protection, their effectiveness can diminish over time. Many manufacturers claim they last up to 5 years, though it’s not uncommon for them to last longer, pending the frequency and severity of power surges. A surge protector that is 20 years old may still function, but it’s essential to have it inspected by a qualified electrician to ensure that it’s still providing adequate protection. In many cases, upgrading to a newer model may be recommended to safeguard your home against modern electrical threats.

Where Does It Go/Where Is It Installed?

A whole-house surge protector is typically installed near your home’s electrical panel or meter. This strategic placement allows the surge protector to intercept incoming power surges before they reach your appliances and devices. Professional installation is recommended to ensure the surge protector is configured correctly and connected to your electrical system for maximum effectiveness.

Beacon Home Services: Your Partner in Whole-Home Surge Protection

At Beacon Home Services, we understand the importance of safeguarding your home and electronics against power surges. That’s why we offer comprehensive services for whole-home surge protection, including professional installation, maintenance, and inspection. 

Our team of skilled electricians will work with you to assess your home’s needs and recommend the best surge protection solution tailored to your requirements. With Beacon Home Services, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is equipped with the latest in surge protection technology to keep your electronics safe and secure!