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Protect Your Home in the Event of a Power Surge

Monday, April 28, 2014

 

Power outages can be a real pain in the “you know what.” Suddenly you can’t see, you have to dig around for candles and flashlights, and you can’t finish that show you were in the middle of watching. On top of being just annoying, power outages can also cause some serious damage to your home. How? Through power surges. A power surge occurs when the power comes back on and the amount of electricity is raised above the regular voltage. This excess in power can end up frying some of your expensive electronics.

 

 

 

Here are few ways to prevent this:

  • Unplug electronics
  • If possible, make the effort to unplug your expensive electronics when the power goes out. That way they will not be affected by any possible power surge when the power comes back. You can re-plug them in once the power is back on.
  • Invest in Surge Protectors (Surge Suppressors)

It is possible that you will not be able to unplug all of your electronics due to the way your home is set up or the location of the outlets. Or, it might be difficult to find and remember where they are all plugged in in the dark. That is why another option is to purchase surge protectors to plug your devices into. Surge protectors, also known as surge suppressors will block any extra voltage from reaching your electronics. Though they look like regular power strips, there is actually a difference between the two so be sure to check the box or ask the store. Or, check out this website for more information about telling the difference: Power Strip vs. Surge Protector, Emerson Technologies. (http://www.emersontech.net/2010/01/28/power-strip-vs-surge-protector/)  If ever in doubt, you can also call the experts at AB May!

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