The National Electrical Manufacturers Association estimates that 60-80% of surges originate from internal sources (within a home or business). Keep your valuable electronics safe by protecting them from the surges that can damage or destroy them.
What is a power surge?
A power surge is a sudden and unwanted increase in voltage that can damage, degrade, or destroy electronic equipment. Surges can occur when large appliances, such as air conditioners, turn on and off. Surges can also originate from electric utilities or lightning.
Levels of Surge Protection:
Good: Point-of-Use Surge Protection
Easy to use – just plug in
Only protects electronics plugged into the device
Must be replaced over time or after a major surge event
Best: Whole Home Surge Protection
Must be installed by a qualified electrician
Provides protection for your entire electrical system at home including large appliances, outlets, and light switches
Protects against larger surges and provide longer lasting surge protection than point-of-use devices
No surge protection can handle a direct lightning strike. Disconnect sensitive electronics if you suspect a surge is coming.
Power strips and surge protectors are not the same. Not all power strips offer surge protection.