The Spike Stopper® Home whole house surge protector provides peace of mind, knowing that your home's electrical appliances and electronics are protected from electrical surges entering through your electrical panel. Electrical surges can come from lightning strikes (even several miles away), utility issues like grid switching or even the normal operation of household items like air conditioning compressors, refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, electric clothes driers and other appliances.
Spike Stopper® Home has a robust 50 kA per phase / 50 kA per mode peak surge current rating. What does peak surge current mean to you? According to the IEEE Standard C62.72.2016, the peak surge current levels of most lightning strikes are in the range of 10,000 [10 kA] to 40,000 amps [40 kA].While these numbers represent the peak current of most lightning strikes, this is not the amount of current that would enter your homes electrical system since part of the current would be travel along other paths.
What happens if an electrical surge greater than 50 kA enters your electrical panel box? In the unlikely event that a surge that big enters your electrical box the unit is designed to sacrifice itself to protect downstream electrical appliances and electronics.
What is Surge Eraser™ Technology? Spike Stopper™ Home provides an additional layer of protection with Surge Eraser™ Technology, an advanced filter that removes even ultra-fast, ring wave transients.
Most surge protectors are designed with only EMI/RFI filtering. Our whole house surge protector provides both basic EMI/RFI filtering plus an advanced surge filter we call Surge Eraser® Technology to provide enhanced protection against ultra-fast surges that the competitor's units miss.
Why is this additional filter so important? Ring wave transients cause cumulative damage to printed circuit boards used in TV's, DVRs, refrigerators, stoves, HVAC systems, washing machines, clothes dryers, computers, gaming systems, stereo/home entertainment systems and other appliances. Surge Eraser® Technology filters out ring wave transients prolonging the life of your equipment.
If I install the Spike Stopper® Home on my electrical panel, am I protected from all electrical surges? Most surges come into your home through your electrical system, but not all. The Spike Stopper™ Home is designed to mitigate surges in your homes electrical system. Surges can also enter your home through telephone lines, coaxial cables (cable line or satellite dish), and your internet connection. We recommend that you protect these areas as well.
Why would I want to install a whole house surge protector when a powered surge strip is less expensive? Powered surge strips are great! We recommend them as a second tier of protection, but they're just not designed to protect against big surges like the ones caused by a nearby lightning strike.
Additionally, most people don't install powered surge strips on all their electrical devices.Have you considered your washer and dryer? Don't forget about your water heater, stove, refrigerator, HVAC unit, computers, TVs and home theater systems just to name a few.
Install the Spike Stopper™ Home whole house surge protector as your first line of defense. If you're still concerned about protecting sensitive electronics add in a few additional surge strips for sensitive items like your computer, home entertainment or gaming systems.
Are whole house surge protectors easy to install? Generally, yes. However, we recommend using a licensed electrician. Electricity can be dangerous, especially if you're not familiar with proper electrical safety precautions.Be sure you follow your local code requirements. If you have any doubts about your abilities, please use a licensed electrician.
If you need a different voltage configuration or if you have questions about choosing the right surge protective device for your application, just ask! Our knowledgeable and helpful staff happy to assist you.