Peace of mind delivered from Square D. Yes, this another great product from square D, which give...
Peace of mind delivered from Square D. Yes, this another great product from square D, which gives us peace of mind for a long time from the worry of burning down the house or many of our home appliances and computers from unforeseen electrical surges or lightnings.
This small product, when installed properly, protects our valuables from the electric surges.
The installation is pretty simple.
Utility company power is usually steady and safe, but stuff happens. There's 50 miles of overhead line from the generating plant to my house. When lightning strikes, the utility company absorbs most of the surge, but some gets to my house. Car accidents and other line damage can also put excess voltage on the line.
I've lost several appliances over the years to lightning and line-surge events. Home insurance can cover this, but unless you lose several major appliances the loss is usually less than your deductable.
So I believe in surge protection.
Ideally this starts with good Grounding at the service entrance. A surge protector at the meter is a good next step. Then a protector in the breaker-box, finally a surge-strip at critical appliances.
This surge protector goes in your breaker box. It must match the brand of box you have. It must be installed by a qualified electrician, because an accident inside a breaker box can cause serious injury and damage. You must have a 2-unit free space, very preferably near the main breaker/lugs.
While this protector (plus installation) is not cheap, it may be much cheaper than the damage caused by lightning or other electrical event.
It installed easily. Obviously I can't review it for surge-performance, but I know it has been evaluated by Schneider Electric and tested by UL to appropriate specifications.
The warranty covers surge-related damage but is secondary to your homeowner's insurance; Schneider pays your deductable after you submit a claim to your insurance.
This product is very easy to install. Just follow the enclosed instructions which are very clear. The device snaps into place just like a 2-pole 220v breaker. The issue is if you have room in your panel for the device. If not use Murray MH-T tandem breakers, which give you two beakers in a 1-inch width to replace the normal 1-inch breaker , which only has one breaker. Be sure and check which style breakers are OK for your panel.
I was quoted $600 for the surge arrester and installation. The surge arrester cost about $60 and it took me less than 10 minutes to install. This is a small price to pay for something you hope you never need and won't know when it works to protect your electronics.