Re: Whole House Surge Protector
In truth there is very little that can protect against lightening. Lightening is static electricity and does not follow the normal rules of electricity. It can even enter on the ground line, roll across the top of fences, and jump great distances.
Most surge suppressors use MOV technology and have a switch time of about 100ms while a lightening pulse can be as fast as 100ns. Surge suppressors work well for surges caused by switch arching or counter emf caused by large machinery shut down but have little affect on lightening surges.
Proper grounding provides some protection but is no guarantee against lightening. Probably the best protection is an uninterpretable power supply(UPS), however whole house UPSs are very expensive and the input side may be destroyed by a lightening strike and need to be replaced.
Often times a surge or lightening is blamed when the actual cause is a faulty transformer or poor connection.
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