Four Gadgets Besides Your Computer That Need Surge Protection

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A few short decades ago, houses were relatively simple, and most homeowners could get away without owning a surge protector. Nowadays, however, you might be surprised to learn how much of your home runs off of computer circuitry, and how much damage a single jolt of electricity can really do. Rather than buy and plug in a surge protector for every outlet in your home, it may be wiser to instead invest in whole-house surge protection. If you are still unsure whether or not you need surge protection for anything but your computer, consider the following four electronics that could be fried with even a minor grid malfunction. 

Entertainment Devices

Any form of electronic media, ranging from your television to video game consoles to speaker systems, relies on complex circuitry to process requests and deliver your entertainment. When a power surge floods your system with excess electricity, it shoots through those circuits and heats them up. If the surge is violent enough or lasts for more than a few seconds, those circuits melt and render the device unusable. Without adequate protection, your new television can go from state-of-the-art technology to a state-of-the-art paperweight without warning. 

High-Tech Appliances

Everyone knows that televisions need a surge protector, but why does that mean the whole house needs protection? The answer is all of the hidden circuits you may never think about, which have gradually worked their way into modern homes. A new washer or dryer, for example, relies on computer circuits to judge time, collect information and moderate settings. Ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers now commonly use computing technology as well. Suddenly losing one or all of your appliances can be highly disruptive and set you back thousands of dollars, and they often cannot be protected with the traditional surge outlet. 

Lighting Systems

Imagine the power flickering out during a storm, but when your electricity hums back to life, the lights in your home stay dark. This can happen in houses with advanced lighting systems, which are typically used to reduce power consumption or detect motion. Old-fashioned systems that do not rely on computer circuitry are not be affected by power surges, but if you use an application or electronic wall panel to control your lighting, you should be concerned. Like many appliances, these systems cannot be hooked up to a surge protection outlet, but a short service call from your local electrician can shield your entire home and prevent a costly rewiring later. 

Heating and Cooling Systems

When a lightning strike or grid malfunction sends power surging through your air conditioner or heater, you may not even realize something is wrong before further damage is done. Relatively simple burns in the circuit of your air conditioner's capacitor can turn into compounding damage to its compressor and other parts, so that by the time you call in a technician, it will need much more extensive repairs. Fixing a heating or air conditioning system can take weeks and cost thousands of dollars, so spare yourself the inconvenience by protecting your home before it becomes a problem. 

For professional electrical services, contact a company such as JF Electrical Contractors, Inc.

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