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March 12,2023

Lightning Arrester Vs Surge Arrester

Most homeowners want to ensure that their property is protected from the dangers of lightning strikes and power surges. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to understand what methods work best for avoiding such problems. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we are excited to offer a wide range of electrical services for customers in North Texas, including whole home surge protection. Have you wondered what the difference is between a lightning arrester and a surge arrester? Then this article is for you. 

What is a Lightning Arrester?

A lightning arrester protects your home against a direct hit during an electrical storm. If a bolt of lightning were to strike, the lightning arrester directs the excess energy away from the house and toward the ground. 

What is a Surge Arrester?

A surge arrester, also known as a “surge protection device” or transient voltage surge suppressor” works toward the same goal, but performs a slightly different function. The surge arrester protects your internal electrical system from surges that may be caused by the lightning strike, and ensures that the energy finds its way into the grounding wire. 

Surge Arrester or Surge Suppressor?

People often confuse a surge arrestor with a surge suppressor. Suppressors help to protect your outlets, appliances and equipment from electrical surges. They are normally integrated with a whole home protection system and can protect the house from a variety of issues including grid failures and outages.

Why Whole Home Surge Protection is Essential for Homeowners

While surge arrestors and lightning arresters are a must for homeowners who want to defend their homes against the dangers of lightning strikes, whole home surge protection is also essential. Many homeowners skip out on this extra layer of security. Whole home surge will help keep your entire electrical system safe from both internal and external issues caused by lightning, grid failures, wiring issues and more. Best of all, your expensive electronics and appliances will stay safe long term, by avoiding the damage caused by ongoing minor surges that go largely unnoticed by homeowners. 

Interested in Whole Home Surge Protection? Call Mr. Electric of Fort Worth

Are you concerned about whether your home is properly defended? Call the experts at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial services including electrical system installation, professional inspections, whole home surge protection installation, wiring upgrades, and more. Do you live in Fort Worth, Arlington, White Settlement, Burleson, Benbrook, Aledo, Weatherford, Texas or another nearby DFW area neighborhood? Then contact our electricians at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment with a licensed and insured electrician in Fort Worth