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Are your electrical appliances are being shocked to death?

The lifespan of your refrigerator, water heater and new home theater may be at risk. You may not realize it, but there's a good chance the electrical appliances in your home are being slowly "shocked to death" by invisible electrical surges pulsating through your power line. It could be happening as you sit at your computer reading this.

Every electrical home appliance is at risk. Your TV. Stereo. Computer. Home theater. DVD player. Toaster oven. Air conditioner. Furnace. Stove. Refrigerator. Freezer. Clothes washer. Anything that's "plugged in" inside your home. Every day appliances are zapped by an average of 20 power surges. These surges are power fluctuations that go unnoticed except by your appliances. The end result can shorten appliance lifespan by as much as 30%. That's like paying full price for an appliance, then getting to use 2/3 of what you paid for. In a worst case scenario, a lightning strike as far as a mile away can send 30,000 amps of electricity surging through your home's wiring. All it takes is one bolt of lightning to fry a house full of electronics in seconds - instant burnout!

Even without a major electrical storm, there are plenty of other causes of power surge damage. To add insult to injury, most insurance companies don't cover this kind of loss. How much would you have to spend to replace all your appliances after a big storm? It's a budget-wrecking experience. You may be wondering, "What about my circuit breakers ... don't they provide protection?" Circuit breakers do protect against fires caused by an electrical short circuits in your home ... but they don't protect appliances against power surges. So, what can you do to prolong the life of your appliances? Learn about "whole house" surge protection. It's an affordable option most homeowners don't know about. Mister Sparky's Whole House Surge Shield provides immediate protection for all your electrical appliances.

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