Why Should I Install a Lightning Arrestor?

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Not sure whether a lightning arrestor is the solution your property needs to protect it? Like many specialty tools used in managing lightning and other sources of electrical surges, it can be difficult to figure out what’s appropriate without the help of an experienced electrician. To help you decide the experts at Hoffman Electrical put together a brief list of the advantages offered by a lightning arrestor installation.

Minimizing Property Damage

A lightning arrestor installed on the exterior of a building can prevent structural damage to your property due to lightning and similar discharges. This can save you a huge amount of money if your property sees regular exposure to lightning due to location, materials, or other factors. It can also protect against secondary damage, such as strikes that hit nearby trees and cause branches to fall.

Prevent Damage to Lines

Outside of direct damage to your property, a lightning arrestor can help prevent damage to the fragile wires and cables outside. As with the more general protection against damage to the structure of your property, it’s a significant money saver—a lightning arrestor costs very little compared to what significant damage to the wiring of your property might cost you. More importantly, you’re looking at a substantial improvement in safety when you install a lightning arrestor on exposed wiring; a lightning strike may not be likely to pass into your building under anything but the most bizarre of circumstances, but it might damage wires enough to do serious harm.

Avoiding Outlet Surges

Smaller lightning arrestors serve a different purpose inside of a building, where they can be used to minimize the impact of surges at the outlet. These can range from extremely simple devices little more complicated than the average power strip to feature-rich pieces of advanced electrical equipment. Determining the appropriate fit for your needs can be difficult, but any of these devices when properly installed will protect occupants and devices against natural and artificial surges.

Electromagnetic Interference

Many general surge arresters and electricity filtering devices used in homes feature small-scale lightning arrester structures in combination with more advanced feature sets. This can help clean so-called ‘dirty’ power and keep your lines operating as they should even when storms roll in or other electromagnetic sources contaminate them. If you’re interested in EMI filtration, make sure you discuss the best solution to the problem with a qualified electrician.

Ease of Use

Compared to other solutions for dealing with surges, interference, and natural electrical phenomena, a basic lightning arrestor is usually far simpler to install and utilize to full effect. A licensed electrician can quickly install a lightning arrestor with no trouble, allowing you to reap the benefits of the system as soon as possible with minimal investment.

Lightning Arrestor Installation in Tampa, FL

If you’d like to learn more or want to inquire about having a lightning protection system installed on your property, contact Hoffman Electrical today for service across our Pinellas County service area. We’ll be glad to help you figure out the best installation for your needs, give you an estimate on the cost, and set up an appointment.