Surge Protection for your home or business
Nearly every home or business has electronic appliances of some sort and some of these can be pretty expensive. Flat panel TVs, computers, phone systems, and other electronics are relatively delicate instruments that are susceptible to damage during electrical system voltage surges. So what is the best way to protect these investments?
Most people are aware that surge protectors are recommended for these products. A surge protection receptacle strip will work well in most applications. During low to moderate voltage surges, these surge protection devices will divert the excess voltage to ground and remain intact. Higher surges, however, can damage the surge protection device and either cause them to fail completely or to lose their ability to protect the equipment plugged in during the next surge event. Many have an indicator light to allow the user to determine whether or not the surge protection is still present. This is an important feature and should be checked regularly to ensure your equipment is still being protected.
While the items on the desktop or in the entertainment center are being protected by the surge protection plug strip, what about the wall mounted flat panel TV. A surge protection plug strip is normally to large to fit behind the TV and oftentimes, a standard receptacle without surge protection is used to power the TV. Not a good situation. An alternative is a surge protection receptacle that is installed in place of the normal receptacle. This will provide surge protection for the TV but there may be a catch. Some of these receptacles will provide the protection for one event and then lose their ability to protect again. They will, however, continue to send power to the TV. They will usually have an indicator light to signal the condition of the surge protector but, since it is located behind the TV, they are difficult to see and unlikely to be seen. Not a perfect system, but better than nothing.
Most surge protection companies recommend a layered approach to surge protection starting with the “whole house” surge protection. This device will be installed at a main electrical panel and will have a greater chance of diverting very large voltage transients. This, in turn, increases the likelihood that the smaller surge protector plug strips will be able to handle any remaining surge downstream. Whole house surge protection may offer more protection during lightning strikes which can damage electrical wiring and components throughout the system.
If you value the electronics in your home or business, it would be wise to review your surge protection system.
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