A strong storm can blow in at a moment’s notice and wreak serious havoc with your electronic devices. If you aren’t careful, a major surge could fry your circuit breakers and cause serious damage to anything that’s plugged in to your outlets. This could spark a major fire but it mostly results in electronics that must be replaced with brand new versions. A power surge can be a costly thing, but there are a few things you can do to avoid the damage.
If you have not protected your major electronics, it’s time to take a closer look at what you can do to prevent surges to safeguard your home and belongings.
Purchase the Right Item
One of the easiest things you can do to prevent electrical surges around your home is to plug your electronics into surge protectors. Unfortunately, many people believe that they are following this easy tip until their electronics are damaged. Power strips and surge protectors look remarkably similar but do not perform the same function. Make sure that you purchase the proper item!
Replace Surge Protectors
Have you recently had a major surge in your home? If so, then it might be time for you to replace that surge protector that guards your televisions and other electronics. Even without a major surge, it might still be time for you to purchase a new strip. These surge protectors must routinely be replaced over the years, particularly after a strong surge. Otherwise, you may still see damage to your electronics.
Unplug During the Storm
It might be tempting to curl up on the couch and watch a movie during the next lightning storm, but you might want to think again. The best way to avoid surges in your home and to prevent damage to your electronics is to unplug them. Even if they are on a surge protector, the only surefire way to prevent a surge is to unplug everything. Many people find this to be extremely inconvenient, which is why the next suggestion tends to be more popular.
Install a Whole-House Surge Protector
You can have professional electricians install a device at your breaker box to protect every item in your home. It functions the same as a normal surge protector but it covers everything on your grid. This is one of the easiest ways to make sure that every outlet in your home is covered. It may be a bit more expensive than purchasing a ten-dollar surge protector, but it’s highly effective and covers every outlet.
Importance of Home Safety
A power surge is more than just an inconvenience. It can cause serious damage to your home and its contents. Without the proper protection, you might be replacing a lot of your electronics. If you are ready to say goodbye to surges altogether, it might be time for you to consider having a professional install your whole-house surge protector. Give Powertec a call today to talk to one of our experienced technicians!