A power surge is a brief spike in the electric current in your home. While a surge lasts less than a thousandth of a second, it can completely destroy your home’s appliances and electronics. If you don’t have surge protectors in your home, here are a few reasons you should consider getting some.
You Never Know When a Power Surge Will Happen
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We can watch the weather forecast to know when a thunderstorm will move through, but no meteorologist can predict when a power surge will happen. Even though lightning doesn’t cause most power surges, it’s certainly the most startling and destructive. A lightning power surge happens when lightning hits a utility pole and sends an instantaneous surge of voltage through your home. This can damage anything that’s plugged in, including your microwave, television, and computer.
You Work From Home
If you work from home, you have plenty of valuable electronics that you can’t afford to go a day without. If you work for a company, you might be required to have surge protection to keep these electronics safe. Not having the right protection could mean you end up having to pay to replace these items yourself. On the other hand, if you work for yourself, losing these electronics might also mean days of lost business as you wait for replacements to arrive.
Your Homeowner’s Insurance Doesn’t Cover Loss From a Surge
If you have homeowner’s insurance and you think you can simply use it to replace any devices damaged during a power surge, you might be surprised when you go to submit a claim. The typical homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by a power surge. In fact, even some upgraded plans only cover damage to electrical parts from a surge not caused by lightning, and electronics such as computers still aren’t covered at all.
You Want to Keep Your Electronics Safe
From televisions to computers and refrigerators to game systems, there are numerous electronics and appliances in your home that you want to keep safe. However, if you’re simply plugging them straight into the outlet, you could be putting them at risk. If you’re looking for a surge protector you can plug your electronics into, keep in mind that the higher the joule rating, the better the protection. Additionally, surge protectors don’t last forever. While some recommendations say to replace them every two years, actual longevity depends on how many surges occur, the surge protector’s joule rating, and how many joules the surge protector has absorbed.
You Want to Protect Your Home
Perhaps the most important reason for investing in a surge protector is because you want to keep your home safe. If a power surge moves through a damaged wire, the wire can heat up enough to catch fire. That’s why you should consider whole-house surge protection. A whole-house surge protector is a single device connected to your main electrical panel. It protects your entire house from power surges and can even protect your electronics from lightning strikes.
With these reasons in mind, you now have a better understanding of why it’s important to invest in surge protectors for your home.