In the electrical world that we live in, surge protection isn’t talked about nearly as often as it should be. We rely on electronics to assist with almost every aspect of our lives. There are likely multiple things you use throughout the day that require electricity to use them. It is important you have protections in place that will keep them safe in the instance that a surge of power comes along. Burley Electrical Services is here to share some reasons why surge protection is so important.
How Can You Tell the Difference Between Power Strips & Surge Protectors?
It is a common misconception that a basic power strip is the same thing as a surge protector. While they may look similar, a power strip won’t do anything to protect your electronic equipment from a surge of power. A power strip is basically like plugging your electronics directly into a wall outlet. When you have a surge protector, it offers some protection against electrical issues depending on the type of surge protector you have chosen. They don’t all offer the same level of protection.
How Many Joules is a Good Surge Protector?
The amount of protection your surge protector is going to offer depends on the joules. The higher the joules, the more protection you will get. Ideally, you want a protector that is at least rated at 200 to 400 joules. For better protection, you can choose a rating of 600 joules or more. However, it is important to note that over time, the effectiveness of the protection starts to wear down with use. The problem with these surge protectors is that there is no way of knowing how effective they are after years of use.
Avoid Overloading an Electrical Outlet
When you are planning out the outlets in your home, it is always better to put more outlets than you think you will need in your home. You will constantly be adding things here and there. You want to have the outlets needed to add whatever electronic devices needed to your home. Always stay on the safe side and add more outlets.
How Often Should You Replace Surge Protectors?
You shouldn’t buy a surge protector and then forget about for years afterward. These surge protectors need to be replaced on a fairly regular basis to offer your electronic equipment the protection it needs. If you live in an area that sees power spikes on a regular basis, you may need to think about this more than someone who has never had that issue happen in the 50 years they have lived in the house. Consider what your surge protection needs are and stay on top of it.
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If you are sick of wondering what is going on with your surge protectors you have throughout your home and want to not have to worry about it any longer, call on the electricians at Burley Electrical Services to install whole house surge protection in your home. This will protect your entire house from dangerous power surges that often ruin sensitive electronic devices. Call us today!