HOW TO CHOOSE A SURGE PROTECTOR
Power surges can potentially damage electronic devices if not adequately protected. Surge protectors provide protection against power surges. Surge protectors provide protection against power surges, which are an electrical power spike that can burn up the electrical circuits within electronics and appliances in addition to damaging electrical outlets and light switches throughout your home
Power surges can potentially damage electronic devices if not adequately protected. Surge protectors provide protection against power surges, which are an electrical power spike that can burn up the electrical circuits within electronics and appliances in addition to damaging electrical outlets and light switches throughout your home. Power surges can occur as a result of lightning or too high of a demand for power. Surge protectors are designed to contain a power spike during a power surge and to sever the connection before damage can occur. Here are some helpful tips and suggestions on how to choose a surge protector.
Know that commonly used surge protection devices include the point-of-use surge protection device and the service entrance protection device. The point-of-use surge protection devices are available as plug-in type power strips as well as those that can be installed in the same way as a regular electrical outlet. Each type offers unique features for protection.
Choose the service entrance surge protection device if you want to provide protection at the initial point of entry, usually outside of your home, generally located where the electrical panel or electric meter is situated. This type of surge protector will require that you have surge protection devices for incoming electrical power as well as for your telephone and cable television lines for full protection.
Select the point-of-use surge protection power strips if you are looking for portability and only need to protect a few electrical devices within your home. This type allows you to plug multiple electrical appliances into 1 surge protector power strip. Make sure that you are not purchasing an extension cord, which is somewhat similar in appearance, as they do not provide protection from power surges.
Realize that the point-of-use surge protection devices are also available to be individually installed as a regular electrical outlet for items such as microwave ovens, air conditioners and dryers, all of which consume a high amount of electricity when in use. This type of surge protector must be installed by a professional electrician.
Consider getting both service entrance surge protection devices and the point-of-use surge protection power strips if you want a high level of protection. If you have expensive electrical equipment within your home or run a business out of your home and want the added protection then think about dual protection and acquiring both types of surge protection devices.
Know that the service entrance surge protection device will cover your home's complete electrical system and provide protection by reducing the power surge level before it reaches the point-of-use surge protection device that protects individual appliances and devices inside your home.
Realize that many surge protectors provide a warranty from the manufacturer for your connected equipment if it becomes damaged during a power surge. Read the guarantees carefully before you select and purchase a surge protector regardless of the type of unit.
Choose a surge protection device based upon your personal needs. Consider what electrical appliances will be hooked up to the surge protector. Surge protectors are available to provide varying levels of protection.
Visit your local hardware store or large retail chain store that specializes in products for the home. Bring a detailed list of all the items that you want to connect to a surge protection strip or have covered by a service entrance surge protection system. The store representative will be able to suggest specific surge protectors based on the type of electrical devices that you want to protect.