Many people mistakenly believe that adequate surge protection begins and ends with plugging their computer into a power strip. Unfortunately, most of these are little more than glorified extension cords.
A surge will follow any wire into a house, including phone and cable lines, and threaten televisions, satellite systems, computers, modems and appliances. Delicate electronic circuitry has proliferated throughout our homes, leaving common appliances as vulnerable as computers to the effects of surges.
Two Types of Surges
A power surge may last for only a few millionths of a second. At its worst it carries tens of thousands of volts, enough to fry circuit boards, crash hard drives, and ruin DVD and home-entertainment systems.
Lightning-induced surges are the most powerful and most feared: A 200,000-amp jolt crashing through a power line will burn standard 20-amp wiring like a light bulb filament. But a lightning strike has to be less than a mile from the house to cause harm, and in fact lightning does not cause most surge-related damage.
Far more common, if not as dramatic, are surges caused by downed power lines, sudden changes in electricity use by a nearby factory, or even the cycling on and off of laser printers, electric dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and other energy-sucking devices in the home.
Tame Power Spikes
How can you protect your home and all its equipment against the harmful effects of power surges? The best way to gain peace of mind is to install a whole-house surge protection system.
This investment will produce multiple returns. Not only will you by save money on equipment repair costs and servicing inconveniences, you will extend the life of your electric equipment.
And while insurance companies don’t typically give discounts for surge-protected homes, investing in protection may very well pay for itself in the long run. You’ll sleep better during thunderstorms too.
For more information, give ProSmart a call. As always, consultations are free.