When you hear thunder, you may go around the house to make sure your important electronics are unplugged from the wall. You likely do this because it has been long instilled in you that your electronics can be fried from power surges. However, when it comes to protecting your electronics, there is much more you need to understand about surges and how you should protect your electronic devices. Here are some important things for you to know.
1. Understand power surges
Thunder gives you the warning that your electronics are at risk of a surge from a lightning strike that can hit a transformer, but this is just one type of surge and there are others to be aware of. There are internal surges that happen many times a day that you are completely unaware of. They occur when appliances and devices throughout the home turn off which causes the flows of electricity to shift. Many external surges don't include lightning. A car hitting a transformer or a broken power line are just two good examples of ways these surges can happen.
While your devices most certainly need to be protected from the extreme and instant damage that can occur from large surges, even the small ones that happen throughout the day can take their toll on many of your devices by causing rust that can become worse with more surges and time.
2. Understand how power surge protection devices help
Power surge protection devices will plug into the wall and have multiple places for you to plug in your electronics. They will monitor the amount of power that comes into the protection device as the electricity continues to flow to the various devices. If there is a spike sensed by the device, then it will shut off the power to the devices that are plugged in. There will be an on and off reset button and a light. When the protection device shuts off for the protection of the devices plugged in, the light will go off and you will have to turn the power switch back to "On."
The protectors are only good for a certain amount of "zaps." As the device continues offering protection, the light will get a bit dimmer. Once you notice it has become quite dim, you will want to replace it to ensure your electronics are getting the best level of protection. For more information, contact power surge protection device suppliers.