How relaxing is it to feel safe and comfy at home during a thunderstorm? Yet, lightning kills dozens of people in the U.S. each year, and hundreds more are injured. Not to mention the billions of dollars in damage caused by power surges!
Protecting your home against lightning can be done in many different ways. The first thing that comes to mind is the installation of a lightning rod. When lightning strikes, it systematically seeks the shortest path between the cumulonimbus, from which it originates, and the ground. Thus, a lightning rod is a metal spear installed on the highest point of the roof, oriented towards the sky and connected to the earth. Its purpose is to catch the lightning strike and redirect the electric charge to the earth, without causing any damage.
Such an installation may sound expensive for a homeowner: it is necessary to count for about $2000 of materials and labor. However, this amount is actually quite small compared to the amount of damage caused in a house struck by lightning.
If a lightning rod avoids lightning strikes on your roof and saves lives by preventing the outbreak of fires, it does not protect your electrical equipments against power surges, a frequent phenomenon during storms. To secure your home’s electrical installation, you have the choice of installing surge protection systems in the electrical panel. But if you don’t want to pay an electrician and you’re not too handy yourself, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by installing power strips with surge protection. They are therefore able to effectively protect your valuable electronic devices and expensive household appliances against the risk of power surges.
For your computer, don’t hesitate to choose a uninterruptible power supply (UPS) – which is none other than a power strip surge protector equipped with a battery – in order not to lose your data in case of a power outage.
As you can see, lightning rods and surge protectors (in the panel or in the form of a power strip) are complementary protection devices. With the help of our buying guides, learn how to choose the best lightning protection and the best products of the moment. The investment is all the more desirable since a high level of protection will also allow you to obtain a better rate for your home insurance!