Protect Your Home From Power Surges
Surge Protectors, also known as Surge Suppressors, are a commonly used item that is needed to provide protection for electronics, appliances, and expensive hardware in the home. They protect against random power surges and line interferences that commonly occur on all lines that require the use of electric power such as phone lines and common AC electrical lines. A surge protector typically comes with several outlets and a power cord. It allows many components to be safely connected to a single power outlet.
These days, public utility power systems are often overused past their limits because of the high demand for electric power. This creates a problem because it makes power supplies unpredictable and erratic. Overwhelmed power generators sometimes produce strong surges as they move from one source to another. When power is temporarily interrupted, “rolling surges” can occur. Surges generated from local areas can occur also. For instance, if someone next door decides to use a high-powered motor or appliance, it can cause a fuse to blow which can create a power surge. Environmental factors also cause surges such as lightning, wind, freezing rain, and wild animals. These threats to electrical lines have the ability to send long power surges which affect power to homes as well as phone lines.
Power surges create computer system failures, losses in business production, video distortion, electronic deterioration, audio distortion, and major damage to equipment.
Most common surge protectors send the electrical current from the electrical socket to several appliances and electronics that are plugged into the surge protector. In case there is a surge in voltage above the acceptable level, the surge protector redirects the electricity to ground through an attached ground wire. The surge protector will not work properly if the AC outlet is not also wired and grounded correctly. Improperly wired outlets prohibit surge protectors from working properly. Common surge protectors today use a tester that has an LED light to alert you of grounding problems.
Consider these things before buying a surge protector:
Style: In-line, direct plug-in, console style, rack mounting, or the commonly used strip style.
Number of outlets: Make sure you have enough outlets for the amount of components you want to plug in.
Power cord length: Make sure you have enough cord to reach the equipment and AC outlet.
Data lines: Consider lines such as phone, router, DSL, network, and coaxial cables.