Power surges are the scourge of every homeowner’s existence, as one bad surge has the potential to wipe out thousands of dollars of electronic equipment. As problematic as these surges can be, there are thankfully many ways to protect yourself from these issues.
First, remember, power surges can be stopped by a good wiring system inside of your home. Make sure to get your house inspected on a regular basis for any electrical problems. Doing so can be a little expensive, but save you a ton of money later down the line.
Second, purchase a whole-house power surge protector. These devices can be installed relatively easily and are designed to ensure that your house’s entire electrical system will not be affected by a power surge.
Third, take preventative action when a storm is coming. Remember, power surges usually only happen when your house or electrical system is hit by lightning. While they are possible in other sets of circumstances, they are usually relatively rare. This means that you can usually see when these surges are coming. If you are truly worried about a power surge and how it may impact your house, unplug expensive equipment before a power surge. It can be annoying, yes, but it is much less annoying than replacing expensive electronic equipment!
Fourth, remember that you don’t have to just plug an appliance into the wall. You can always purchase power stripes. These stripes should shut off before a damaging power surge can hit an electronic device in question. They also usually come with multiple outlets, thus allowing you to install many devices into one outlet.
Fifth, if there are specific devices you are worried about, examine whether or not you can purchase equipment that will specifically protect those devices. For example, there are uninterruptable power stations (UPS) that you can purchase for computers. These will protect devices from a power surge, but in certain circumstances, they may ensure that there is no power interruption to a device in general. If you have a device that cannot risk being shut down, this can be a lifesaver.
Last, upgrade certain specific pieces of equipment. Some electronics, like air conditioners, start and stop numerous times a day. This potentially increases the load on an electronic system and can increase the risk of a power surge. As such, if you upgrade these devices, you reduce the risk to your system as a whole.
There is no question that power surges can be incredibly expensive and damaging. Thankfully, there are things you can to do stop this from occurring, and the above advice should give you an excellent starting point for protecting your home electronics.