Originally Posted by Keltik30
I just bought a house and I am trying to figure out what surge protection I need.
I live in Houston and we pretty much have thunder storms every other week.
I already have in-house surge protectors for my equipment ($100 power strips) but wanted to install a whole house one for added security.
Reading other threads people have recommended gas discharge arrestor and varistors etc.. But it's pretty confusing.
I trust apc and they offer this PMP1XR
I can pick it up for around $200. Would that be sufficient to for whole house protection? Combined with my in house points?
Any advice is greatly appreciated. I'm kind of lost I all of this and want to make sure my house has got the best protection possible.
After having my second receiver blown up yesterday, I'm going to install this one:
It's the highest capacity model, and they have a link to the installation manual on the page.
Note: If you have no experience working inside electrical distribution panels, hire an electrician., If you don't know what you're doing in there, you will probably die.
You will need space to install a 40A 2-pole breaker, but it is possible to piggyback onto an existing breaker, but I'm not sure that's code compliant. (One vicde shows this method. Fortunately, I have a 60A breaker near the top, from an unused electric stove circuit.
Search YouTube for "whole house surge protector installation" to see what's involved.
The lightning hit also took out my internet router ($130), and one of my garage door safety sensors ($40.00).
(Just remember to check the lights after every big storm. If the thing eats too big a surge, it may get destroyed in the process of saving your stuff, and you'll have to replace it if one or both lights are out.)