How to Prevent Electronics from Being Damaged by Power Surges
Have you ever been in the middle of pouring your morning coffee when the power goes out, then comes back on, only to discover that you underestimated the distance between the spout and the cup in the dark? Have you ever considered what would happen if anything worse than a minor coffee spill occurred, such as lasting damage to your equipment and appliances?
While you may not be able to prevent a power surge from occurring again, you may take actions to protect your house and gadgets from short- and long-term harm. To assist, ABBA Electrical has compiled a list of simple home safety recommendations to protect your electronics and appliances from power outages and surges.
Unplug During a Storm
Electronics are not only costly, but they also store a great deal of personal and sensitive data. During storms, the easiest way to keep your most sensitive electronics safe is to simply disconnect them. The voltage from lightning is always greater than your electronics can take, no matter how modern your technology is. So, if you know a storm is coming, unplug your important electronics from the power line to ensure their safety.
What Is the Purpose of a Surge Protector?
Would it be necessary to use surge protectors if you can just disconnect your crucial electronics? Because you may not be home to unplug things before a storm, the answer is always “yes.” When a power surge occurs, a surge protector will divert any excess voltage into metal oxide varistors (MOVs), which will reduce the voltage jolt and avoid harm to the equipment covered by your surge protector.
Follow these guidelines to make sure you’re utilising your power strip-style surge protector correctly:
- Only one surge protector should be plugged into each double-wall outlet.
- Overloading your surge protector by plugging in too much high-voltage equipment is not a good idea.
- Keep your surge protector out of the path of water and anything that will obstruct air movement.
- Make sure your surge protector isn’t broken or overheated.
The Advantages of Using a Whole-House Surge Protector
Even if you use a surge protector in the form of a power strip appropriately, there are still a lot of gadgets in your house to consider. Small surges don’t often destroy your devices right away, but even minimal damage might cause problems later. Installing a whole-house surge protector is an even safer choice for all the other devices and appliances in your home (you know, the ones that take up every room but don’t pay rent).
A whole-house surge protector, like a power strip-style surge protector, is meant to send excess voltage into the ground before it reaches your home. The main advantage is that they are designed to withstand several surges over a longer period of time, ensuring that your electronics and appliances are protected throughout your home.
Does a Surge Protector Effective in Preventing Lightning?
A surge protector in the form of a power strip will not be able to survive the high voltage of lightning, but a whole-house surge protector can assist reduce damage. A whole-house surge protector can assist deflect excess energy if your home has correct grounding and wiring. It will not, however, shield your house from the consequences of a direct lightning strike. For additional information, contact your nearest ABBA Electrical service.
Install a Whole-House Surge Protector
Your whole-house surge protector can be installed by ABBA Electrical licenced electricians. Call ABBA Electrical before the next storm to ensure that the task is done correctly and safely. We want you to feel safe and secure in your own home, which is why we offer the Neighborly Done Right Promise. It’s the assurance you need to know that you, your family, and your home are safe.