Protect your Appliances and Computers with Surge Protectors
Why have surge protection?
Surge protection will protect your appliances and computer equipment from potential disaster. Imagine if you had to replace all of the electrical appliances in your home or office. What would that cost? Not to mention the invaluable data that is stored on computers that can also be lost in the event of a power surge. It is possible that all of your televisions, air conditioners, computers, stereos, and white goods can be destroyed by an electrical surge.
Surge protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your valuable appliances, computers and other devices against power spike damage.
What is a power surge and what causes it?
A power surge occurs when the flow of electricity is interrupted and then started again. A large power surge can instantly and irreparably damage the power circuit of an appliance and melt the plastic or metal components. Large power surges usually originate outside the home like a lighting strike or fallen power line.
Small power surges usually originate inside the home and can be caused by appliances being turned on and off. Even though most of these surges are only 5 to 10 volts, over time they will degrade the electronic circuitry of an appliance causing the appliance to stop working. Small surges often go undetected but over time they can cause a large amount of damage.
What types of surge protection are there?
There are 2 types of surge protection
- Whole house surge protection. This stops the power spike before it enters the house. Located at the switch or fuse board. This type of surge protection will protect your whole house and all of your appliances from electrical surges.
- Individual appliance protection. Located directly at the appliance power supply.
It is recommended that you have both types of surge protection to ensure full life time appliance protection.
Surge protectors and safety switches. What is the difference?
It is important to know the difference between surge protection and safety switches.
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and turn the power off within milliseconds if a problem is detected. Protecting you and your family from electrocution. Safety switches have a ‘Test’ button printed on them. Read more about safety switches here.
Surge protectors protect the home and the appliances in it.