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Surge Protectors: The Importance of Protecting Your Electronics

The importance of protecting your electronics with surge protectors is not something that every homeowner considers. At Expert Electric, we understand how much damage power surges can cause to electronics. That is why we offer a wide range of residential electrical services and commercial electrical services that can help protect your electronics from preventable damage.

What are Power Surges?

Power surges are an increase in the voltage flowing through electrical units that rise above the standard voltage levels (120 Volts). These surges can be caused by lightning, faulty wiring, high-powered electrical devices, or even problems with the utility company’s equipment. Most homes can experience over 300 potentially damaging electrical surges in a year, so it is important to plug electronics into surge protectors rather than the home’s electrical sockets. Since electronic devices depend on a consistent voltage supply and electrical sockets can experience sudden increases in voltage, electrical sockets are not always the most reliable power source.

How Surge Protectors Can Help

Unlike electrical sockets, surge protectors are specifically designed to help protect electronics from power surges and spikes. Surge protectors work to protect electronics by using a system that diverts energy over a safe threshold to protective component, allowing it to ensure that only a safe amount of electricity passes through each device. In most cases, surge protectors are made to look like power strips; however, they are also available in single-outlet and travel-sized options.

 How Often Should Surge Protectors be Replaced?

It is important to note that surge protectors will not last forever, as the components used to divert energy can begin to wear down over time due to power surges. Surge protectors can only absorb a limited amount of additional power, so their lifespan is dependent on how frequent power surges are to the area. In some cases, certain surge protectors will have a light that goes on or off or an audible alarm that is designed to let you know once the surge protector needs to be replaced.

If you would like to learn more about the importance of protecting your electronics with surge protectors, or if you are interested in one of our residential electrical services or commercial electrical services, please contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.