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Get To Know: Surge Protectors

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In today’s digital age, our homes and businesses are filled with valuable electronic devices that we rely on daily. From smartphones and laptops to appliances and entertainment systems, these devices are susceptible to damage from power surges. That’s where surge protectors come in. 

In this edition of “Get To Know”, we will explore the importance of surge protectors, how they work, and why you should consider installing them in your home or business. Join us as we dive into the world of surge protection and discover how it can safeguard your valuable investments.

What is a Surge Protector?

A surge protector, also known as a surge suppressor, is a device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes caused by sudden increases in electrical power. These spikes, which can occur due to lightning strikes, power outages, or electrical line disturbances, can overload and damage sensitive electronic equipment. 

Surge protectors act as a barrier between your devices and the incoming electrical power, redirecting excessive voltage safely to the ground, thus shielding your electronics from potential harm.

Types Of Surge Protection

When it comes to surge protection, there are different types of surge protectors available to suit various needs.

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Power Strip Surge Protector

One type of surge protector is the power strip surge protector. These devices not only offer surge protection but also provide multiple outlets, allowing you to connect multiple devices simultaneously. Power strip surge protectors are often used in home offices or entertainment areas where numerous electronics need to be connected.

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Whole-Home or Business Surge Protector

For comprehensive and robust surge protection, whole-home or business surge protection is highly recommended. These systems provide protection for your entire electrical system, safeguarding all connected devices and appliances. 

Whole-home or business surge protection is typically installed at the main electrical panel, serving as the first line of defense against power surges entering your property

By installing whole-home or business surge protection, you can ensure that every outlet and device in your home or business is protected, minimizing the risk of damage caused by power surges.

Whether you choose plug-in surge protectors, power strip surge protectors, or opt for whole-home or business surge protection, investing in surge protection devices is essential for protecting your valuable electronics and ensuring the longevity and reliability of your electrical system.

How Do Surge Protectors Work?

Surge protectors contain metal oxide varistors (MOVs) or gas discharge tubes that absorb and redirect excess voltage. When a power surge occurs, these components react quickly by diverting the excess voltage away from your devices. This process ensures that only the normal voltage reaches your electronics, protecting them from potential damage.

Why Should You Install Surge Protectors?

Protect Your Investments

Surge protectors act as a first line of defense, safeguarding your expensive electronic devices from electrical surges. By installing surge protectors, you can extend the lifespan of your equipment and save money on costly repairs or replacements.

Peace of Mind

Power surges can happen at any time, often without warning. Having surge protectors installed throughout your home or business provides peace of mind, knowing that your devices are protected against potential damage.

Home Safety

Beyond the protection of your electronics, surge protectors also play a crucial role in home safety. Electrical surges can lead to fires or other hazards, and surge protectors help mitigate these risks by preventing excessive voltage from overloading your electrical system.

Insurance Requirement

In some cases, insurance providers may require the installation of surge protectors as a condition for coverage. Having surge protectors installed can help ensure that your property is adequately protected and meet the requirements of your insurance policy.

Now you know, Surge Protectors.

In a world reliant on electronic devices, surge protectors have become an essential component of any electrical system. They offer reliable protection against voltage spikes, safeguarding your valuable investments and providing peace of mind. Don’t wait for a power surge to cause irreparable damage to your electronics—take proactive steps to protect them with surge protectors.

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Check out our surge protector F.A.Qs.

Can surge protectors handle all types of power surges?

Surge protectors are effective at handling most common power surges, such as those caused by lightning, electrical line disturbances, or power outages. However, they may not be able to protect against all types of surges, such as direct lightning strikes or major electrical grid failures. For ultimate protection, it is recommended to use a combination of surge protectors and whole-house surge protection systems.

How often should surge protectors be replaced?

Surge protectors have a limited lifespan and can wear down over time due to repeated power surges. It is recommended to replace surge protectors every 2 to 3 years or if they show signs of damage or wear. Additionally, if a surge protector sacrifices itself to protect your devices during a power surge, it should be replaced immediately.

Can I use power strips as surge protectors?

Not all power strips are surge protectors. It is important to check if the power strip has built-in surge protection capabilities before using it as a surge protector. Look for power strips that are specifically labeled as surge protectors and have a joule rating, indicating their ability to handle power surges.

Can I install surge protectors myself, or do I need an electrician?

While some surge protectors can be easily installed by following the manufacturer’s instructions, it is recommended to consult with a licensed electrician for proper installation. An electrician will ensure that the surge protectors are correctly connected to your electrical system and provide guidance on the best placement for optimal protection.

When it comes to surge protector installation, hiring a professional from Haines Electric is crucial to ensure a safe and effective installation. With their expertise and experience, their electricians have the necessary knowledge and tools to properly install surge protectors and ensure that all electrical connections are secure and up to code.

By choosing Haines Electric for surge protector installation, you can have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done safely and correctly. Their experienced electricians will assess your specific needs, recommend the appropriate surge protector, and install it in a way that maximizes its effectiveness in protecting your devices and appliances.