6 Reasons To Have A Surge Protector At Home
What Is A Surge Protector?
Surge protectors are highly recommended devices for all homeowners, especially those who own expensive electrical devices or appliances. Unfortunately, devices and appliances that need to be plugged into the wall have the chance of being affected by surge inconsistencies. These are surges of electricity from the power company or within the home that may be too much for said device to withstand and could result in it getting permanently damaged.
Additionally, especially living in Florida, we deal with lightning strikes very often, which can also be disastrous to expensive electrical appliances.
That is where a surge protector comes in. Surge protectors are designed to reroute excess electricity, and only allow a specific amount of energy to pass through to your appliance or device.
The standard voltage for most commercial or residential outlets is 120 volts. Whenever a surge protector is utilized, it will prevent any extra voltage from ruining your expensive electrical items.
6 Reasons To Buy A Surge Protector
Surge Protectors Keep Electronics From Getting Damaged - As previously mentioned the most important and useful feature of a surge protector is its ability to protect expensive electrical devices and appliances.
Extra USB Ports - Conveniently, many surge protectors also include USB slots which will save you space.
Fit More Plugs - Larger plugs which are common these days can take up a lot of room on standard outlets. But surge protectors space outlets farther apart, allowing about 90 degrees of pivot space.
They’re No Longer Confined To The Floor - Some may complain that surge protectors take up a lot of space and can be a tripping hazard. Not only this, but electrical devices vary in cord length, and not all can easily reach the floor. Recently, manufacturers have developed surge protectors that are tower-shaped and can sit on higher surfaces.
Most Surges Originate From Inside The House - Many may assume the protection surge protectors provide is primarily from outside sources such as lightning or surges from the power company. In actuality, most power surges come from inside the house from the larger appliances. Although one of these surges likely won't do catastrophic damage to your electrical devices immediately, over time these surges will degrade your electronics and shorten their lifespans.
Surge Protectors Save Money In The Long Run - Lastly, it’s important to take into account how much money one can save not having to replace important, pricey electrical appliances which will likely not be covered by insurance in the event of a power surge.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!
Everyone should own a surge protector. They’re not only convenient due to their extra outlets and USB ports, but they’re essential when protecting your expensive electrical devices and appliances from power surges.
Power surges occur dozens of times a day, without one ever even noticing. Nothing would be worse than spending hundreds to sometimes thousands of dollars on an electrical item, only for it to be ruined by wayward electricity or a freak lightning strike. If you’re interested in investing in a surge protector, feel free to visit our other blogs for further information on the subject.
It’s important to note that there is a difference between surge protectors and whole-house surge protectors. Surge protectors are only device-level protection while whole-house surge protectors protect all connected appliances and devices at home. Whole-house surge protectors are more expensive but offer a much wider range of protection. If you’re interested in whole-house surge protection, give us a call and we would be more than happy to share affordable options with you.
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