Here’s What You Need to Know About Surge Protectors
Posted on: December 20, 2017
One of the most commonly asked questions we get is, “Do I really need surge protectors?” And our answer is always a resounding yes! There is a common misconception that surge protectors and power strips serve the same function, which is why many homeowners don’t see why they are so important. Not only will they allow you to plug more than one device into an outlet, but they will also protect your devices, should your home ever experience a power surge.
How Do They Work?
A power surge occurs when there is a spike in the amount of power in your home. They can be caused by everything from turning on a large appliance with faulty wiring to a lightning strike. Normal Clearwater homes are designed to be able to handle 120 volts of electricity. So, if there is a surge and the voltage goes higher than that, unprotected appliances will be in danger. However, if the appliances are plugged into a surge protector, the excess energy will be absorbed before it can cause any damage.
Why Should I Get One?
With the help of a surge protector, not only will your appliances be safe, but your home will have a lower risk of an electrical fire starting. The protectors will switch the power off, long before any outlet gets hot enough to catch on fire. Florida is the lightning capital of the United States, with the Tampa Bay area sitting right in the center of the high-risk zone. If your home is struck by lightning, there is a good chance that your new flat screen television or computer will not survive, and many warranties do not cover lightning strikes.