When you’re at home, it’s easy to think all of your electronics are safe. But there’s a hidden danger you might not even notice: power surges. One of the most common causes of power surges is lightning, which strikes U.S. soil upwards of 20 million times a year.
Fortunately, there is a way to protect your electronics at home. Keep reading to learn how to use surge protectors to their fullest ability.
There are four types of electrical power disturbances: voltage dips, electromagnetic interference, radio frequency interference, and power surges. Surge protectors are designed specifically to defend against power surges, which are considered to be the most damaging of those four types of power surges.
So how does a surge protector work to defend your electronics? Surge protectors offer protection in joules. So when you see a surge protector with 1,000 joules-worth of protection, it can withstand 10 surges of 100 joules each.
Power surges can offer protection in a few different areas. Since power surges can occur in hot, neutral, and ground lines, it’s important to look for a surge protector with 3-line protection. That way you’re covered on all fronts. In addition, a surge protector with a UL rating of 1449 will likely offer the highest level of protection.
Are you ready to protect your home electronics?