Do you have expensive appliances plugged directly into the wall, like your TV? Plug that stuff into a surge protector right away! A surge protector is an appliance that limits the voltage to electronics, especially during spikes. It does this by either blocking or grounding the surge. It’s important to protect your electronics from voltage spikes because they can get completely destroyed and beyond repair.
Most power strips today also function as a surge protector but it’s important to verify that before buying. It should directly specify on the product packaging.
Unfortunately, voltage spikes can be relatively common. The power can surge from a lightning strike, power outage, circuit breakers tripping, circuits shorting, malfunctions by the electricity company, and other events. Sometimes the shift of power to a large device that switches on (like a heater) can cause a power surge. Don’t let your TV get rendered useless because of a storm or heater!
You can also cut down on instances of power surges by ensuring your circuits and wiring are correct and safe. Ask us how we can help you care for your home’s wiring to prevent power surges, outages, or electrical fires. And don’t forget to plug your precious appliances into surge protectors!