Surge Protection by Fix-It 24/7
If you’re reading this at home, take a look around. How many expensive electronics and computer equipment are plugged into your outlets? We’re betting it’s a lot.
In today’s computer age, the amount of expensive and complicated electronics has increased significantly. These include electronic ballasts telecommunication equipment and more. As electrical equipment gets smaller and faster, the microprocessor loads have become increasingly more susceptible to the effects of transients and surges.
With so many expensive products plugged into our outlets, it’s important to think about potentially damaging electrical surges.
Power surges can come from both inside and outside your home. Small electrical surges tend to come from inside the home, such as when you turn on and off appliances. Surges that occur within the home are very common and normally not strong enough to cause any damage.
Should I worry about power surges?
Yes, you should be concerned with power surges. Standard homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover damage to appliances from power surges. If a powerful surge happens to you, you could be facing thousands and tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage with no help from your insurance company.
Today’s homes have computer parts in nearly everything. There are microprocessors in our fridges, washing machines, dryers, thermostat, HVAC units, and much more. These small digital components can malfunction or become damaged by slight changes in voltage.
Even a 10V fluctuation can damage these parts. Repeated small surges can wear down your electrical components and significantly reduce your equipment’s’ lifespans. The microprocessors in our home equipment can become damaged when faced with too many electrical surges.
Stay connected and protected with whole-home surge protection
The potential for electrical damage is greater now than ever before. Today’s complicated electronics are more susceptible to changes in voltage than ever before. The computer chips are smaller and denser, so when an electrical surge occurs, there is a greater risk of major malfunctions or damage.
Today’s electronics are more susceptible to transients and surges. Every time you turn on a device that is plugged into your electrical system, transient voltages are generated, which can do slow damage to your electronics. The best way to make sure that both small and large surges are not damaging your expensive electronics and appliances is to install a surge protector for the entire home.
How to Prevent Electrical Damage During Storms (if you don’t have whole-home surge protection)
You can easily prevent surge damage if you have a working whole-home surge protection system, but if you don’t, you’ll want to follow these tips.
If there is a lot of lightning outside or reports of overnight storms, we recommend doing the following:
- Turn off power to your major appliances at the circuit breaker box.
- If you have TVs, phone, computers and other electronics at home, make sure they are unplugged or plugged into surge protectors.
- Keep in mind that not all power strips are surge protectors. While they may look the same, one will protect your electronics in the case of an electrical surge and the other will not. When purchasing plug-in surge protectors, always look for the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) label. This isn’t the time to go cheap; if it’s under $15, it most likely won’t be able to protect your devices from high-powered surges.
- If your surge protectors are old, consider replacing them. Most have a lifespan of about 10 years. Check your make and model online to see when it is up for a replacement.
Of course, the best way to protect ALL of your appliances and electronics is by speaking with your local electrician at Fix-It 24/7 about installing a whole-home surge protection system.
Consider investing in a backup generator if you have faced major blackouts in the past. Those who depend on electrically powered medical equipment should always have a standby generator in the case of a power outage.
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