Does anyone have any experience with (as an installer or end user) whole house surge protection? Our neighbors have been experiencing some terrible problems with surges and resulting damage (including to buried feeder cables from their transformer to their house). We're all on single phase, with each of us having our own pole mounted transformer. So far, our house has been fortunate not to have experienced any problems (probably because they have been transformer-related), but are concerned we would be next.
I see units online that cost about $200-$300 and are integrated into the wiring on the load center using a small length of conduit. Siemens is one manufacturer.
Any thoughts, suggestions, opinions?