Lightening surge protection is essential in SW Florida.
A common surge protector will stop voltage spikes and surges, but not the violent, catastrophic burst of current from a close lightning strike. Direct lightning current is simply too big to protect with a little electronic device inside a power strip, or even a good UPS unit.
Lightning surge protection- From residential to commercial
1) Surge protection- Provides AC protection on your primary electrical service. Provides excellent protection against voltage surges on the electrical lines.
2) Lightning arrestor- Provides AC protection on your utility power line side.
3) AC plug in surge protection- Provides AC and phone line protection on the load or outlet side of your building electrical service. Provides an essential second layer of surge protection to protect valuable equipment.
4) Dual coax surge protection- Protection for digital satellite systems or cable tv, cable modem feeds. Installed at the first point of entrance, protects all cable runs.
5) Phone line surge protection- Keeps external surges from coming into your building on unshielded telephone company wires. When installed at the first point of entrance protects all down stream telephone runs.
If your UPS or surge protector is in the way of the lightning's path, all or part of the lightning will just flash over or through the device - regardless of the number of capacitors and battery banks involved.
Television and radio towers are frequently struck by lightning. As a result, they have some of the most robust lightning protection systems available, but damage to equipment still occurs on occasion.
Even 'disconnects', or devices that physically switch off power to a device by activating a set of contacts, will not guarantee protection.
A small air gap will not stop a lightning bolt that has already jumped across miles of air. It won't think twice about jumping a few more inches, or even a few more feet, especially if the 'path of least resistance' to ground is across the contacts of the disconnect switch.
A house or building is nothing more than a set of resistors 'connected' in parallel- the electrical wiring, plumbing, phone lines, steel framework, etc. (Even though plumbing and electrical wiring, for instance, may not be physically connected, lightning will use side flashes across air gaps to effectively connect them).
In a direct lightning strike, the current will not follow only one path, it will distribute itself across all paths to ground depending on each path's resistance.
Have us install complete surge and lightening protection for your peace of mind and safety, to protect you during those extreme weather situations like we commonly have here in SW Florida.