Protecting your appliances and electronics against power surges is a must.
In our last blog, we talked about what power surges are, how they damage electronics and appliances and what causes them. Some people feel that they do not need protection against power surges because their homes do not get them, but you should know that everyone who uses electricity is at risk for power surges. Some power surges can be so small that you don’t notice them at all, but even small power surges can slowly lower the life expectancy of your electronics and appliances. The following is a list from our electrician in Cincinnati, OH of a couple things you can do to protect your appliances and electronics against power surges:
#1. Invest in good surge protectors.
Many people think surge protectors and power strips are the same but they are actually very different. While both can provide you with extra outlets when you need them, only surge protectors will help to protect your appliances and electronics against power surges. Keep in mind that not all surge protectors are made equal. Pick one that is 600 Joules or higher for the best protection.
#2. Unplug electronics and appliances when you anticipate lightning.
Unfortunately, lightning often produces a surge so powerful that a typical surge protector cannot combat. If you are anticipating a lightning storm, it’s always a good idea to unplug your pricier appliances, such as your flat screen TV and your computer.
Would you like to learn about more things you can do to protect your appliances and electronics against power surges? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.