Different Levels of Surge Protection

Posted on: June 26, 2015

By now, we are sure you know that by living so close to the lightening capital of the country, Tampa Bay, that all New Port Richey homes need some kind of surge protection. You pay a lot of money for your appliances, from the refrigerator to your televisions and computers, and one surge can blow all of them out. Your local home services company will be able to help you get a system in place so you can be confident your electronics are safe. Once you have decided to have a protection system installed, you will need to decide on the level of protection. surgeprotectionclearwater

Which Surge Protection is Right for You?

Not all surge protection systems are the same, and making sure you get the right one for your home in New Port Richey is crucial. There are three main types, and they all work slightly different:

  • Type 1 devices will protect you from external surges, coming from the power company or lightning strikes. They are installed right between the utility pole and your home’s power meter to stop the surge before it even enters your home. While these are a great first line of defense, your local New Port Richey power company will need to be involved with the installation.
  • Type 2 protectors are installed at the main circuit breaker, or the branch panel. This is where the power is fed too, before going out to all of the other breakers in your home. When connected, this type of surge protection at the branch panel will protect that circuit and all of the circuits it feeds. A benefit of this system is that is protects from both external and internal surges.
  • Type 3 is the basic power strip with built in protection. They are considered “point of use” since they only work for the appliances plugged directly into them. While they are not much help on their own, these can be extremely when combined with either a type 1 or 2. This way, they can filter out an small excesses of power that may have slipped passed the first protector.

At Midway Services, we know that New Port Richey residents what to protect their appliances. That is why we offer high quality surge protection, including both installation and maintenance. These systems will not last forever, which is why it is important to have them inspected regularly. For more information, contact us today.


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