When you're the type of person that has everything wired throughout your house, you better be the type of person that has it all protected from fluctuating power surges. The control I have of my house is on point but it could all come down to bring paperweights if I didn't use surge protectors. I've got this one in the kitchen controlling my coffee pot. You wouldn't want to see me have to go without coffee after being up all night because of a thunder storm. It isn't a pretty sight.