Need the opinions of any of the more electrically knowledgeable out there about whole house surge suppressors/lightning arrestors and lightning rods. Question 1. Are whole house surge suppressors effective and what kind of money can one expect to spend on something. I have all of my sensitive electronics on APC UPSs and run APC surge suppressors on my TVs etc but I was thinking that a whole house type might be extra insurance. Question 2. Lightning rods. I assume they work. Is there anything to look out for when choosing a lightning rod system? How expenisive are these systems. The last couple of days we have had some truly wicked lightning and it got me to thinking. I'm sort of on a hill and while there are a couple of trees taller than my house I am right up there in terms of "sticking out". I'm thinking a lightning rod system might be something to look into.