A power surge is an interruption, usually a spike, in the normal flow of an electrical current. Power surges can be harmful to your electronics. Unfortunately, many people do not realize this, or they simply underestimate the extent of the damage that can be caused when your home or business experiences a power surge. And while you cannot prevent them altogether, you can protect your electronics, such as a computer or TV, from electrical interruptions by using a surge protector.
Why You Should Buy Surge Protectors
A power surge typically occurs after a power outage, when power is finally restored. But a power surge can be brought on at any time. If an electronic device, such as a computer or TV, is plugged into an outlet when power surges occur, the electronic item gets a burst of extra power that can cause damage to the item. A surge protector absorbs the increased power surge, instead of passing it on to your device.
What to Look for in a Surge Protector
Some surge protectors look like power strips. However, they are two different things. When you are looking for a surge protector, always ensure that what you are buying is indeed a surge protector and not just a power strip. Also, pay attention to how many items can be plugged into the surge protector at once and how the surge protector operates and functions.
What Electronics Should Be Placed on a Surge Protector
Typically, devices that draw less electricity to run will not be affected by a power surge, thus the reason that you don’t need a power surge protector on every outlet in your home or office. However, any electronic item that is valuable to you should be plugged into an outlet connected to a surge protector. This includes tablets, cell phones, televisions, computers, and drones. If you would be upset if your item was damaged by a power surge, plug it into a surge protector. A surge protector is generally not a pricey investment, although the damage that a power surge could do certainly would be. A surge protector is an easy way to protect your investments.
At Erik M. Krise Electrical Contractor, we can assist you with all of your electrical needs, including selecting the right surge protector for your devices or installing whole-house surge protectors. Call us at 856-769-3932 today to discuss your options.