September 05, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
Home electronics are leaking out of your home theater—and that’s a good thing. It also means that you’ll need power protection beyond one room. RGPC’s HouseGuard can handle you entire abode from the AC panel.
Designed for 120/240V single-phase electrical installations, this surge suppression system is RGPC’s second whole-house device.
It’s also the first to use Metal Oxide Varistors (MOV) as its main line protector. The company says that some MOVs have gotten a bad rap. They plan to change all that, using two high-quality MOV modules. These were previously unavailable to home users, and can deter AC line-borne surges. RGPC says that the MOVs can be hit with 130,000 amp surges over 300 times before they even begin to break down.
“RGPC has always shied away from MOVs in the past because they are, by nature, designed to be sacrificial and have a reputation for breaking down and letting surges and other electrical ‘noise’ flow unchecked through to the connected gear,” said RGPC President Rick Komendera. “But our research and testing has convinced us that the new breed of MOVs are built to last. Richard would not allow us to put his name on this product otherwise.”
The RGPC HouseGuard is available now for $2,195.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.