If your home or office takes a direct lightning strike there isn’t anything on the market that will 100% protect you. However by combining proper grounding, adequate surge protection and if your budget allows, a listed lightning protection system, your odds of suffering greater damage drop dramatically.
Surge protection in the case of commercial and residential usage can be purchased in numerous ways.
- Whole Home or Business Surge Protection: You can lease a whole home or business surge protector from your power company for around $5 per month. This device plugs directly between the meter can and the power company meter. In Phaze Electric Inc. offers and installs numerous brands and models of whole home or business surge protection. For residential homes, prices can range from around $150 to $2500 depending on your size of home and the type and model you request.
- Power Strip Surge Protection: You may also purchase a surge protector strip with or without a battery backup (UPS) that will allow you to plug in multiple devices or appliances. Some surge protectors are better than others so you get what you pay for in this case. Also note that when making the purchase your main concern should be the warranty. Most good surge protection strip devices offer a warranty that can cover your insurance deductible or full replacement of the device or appliance.
- Low Voltage Surge Protection: To be honest most electronics such as computers, televisions and phones are almost always destroyed with even a minor lightning strike from many yards away from your home or business. The conductors that carry the voltage are designed for no more than 50 volts. These conductors cannot carry the overvoltage back to ground thus sending the overvoltage into the electronic device which destroys the power supply. It is usually possible to have the device repaired but there are no real guarantees.