Have you experienced having your computer broken by a sudden surge of electrical current? Perhaps you’ve had a light bulb pop for the same reason. Homes nowadays are furnished with modern appliances that are very high tech and efficient. However, the one disadvantage that these technologically advanced equipments is their susceptibility to power surges. Here we will discuss why your home needs to have voltage protectors.
What are power surges?
A power surge also known as transient voltage is a sudden increase in the flow of electricity that is significantly beyond the designated level for your appliance. For example, the standard voltage output of electrical outlets here in the Philippines is 220 volts. In the event of a power surge, the voltage of electricity that goes out of the electric socket and through to your appliance’s power supply skyrockets to indefinite heights but definitely way over 220v.
Why power surge protection is needed nowadays
If a surge is high enough, your appliances could be severely damaged. Computers are the most common victims of this very unpredictable occurrence. A computer that is hit with a power surge could immediately stop functioning. The worst part of that is you could lose the data stored in it in an instant! Components such as microchips and hard drives are too easily damaged by a sudden spike in electricity flow. Just imagine what happens to a light bulb if too much electricity is flowed through, it will explode in a fiery flash of light! It is for this reason that most desktop computers you will see in any household or office is connected to an anti power surge unit, or voltage protectors.
In the worst case scenario, power surges might start house fire. This is the last thing insurance companies and I’m sure ninety nine percent of the people want. Of course there’s always that one percent who want to remodel their houses by intentionally burning it down to get their insurance money.
What are voltage protectors?
Voltage protectors are there for protecting your appliances from voltage spikes! If you have a desktop computer in your home that wasn’t built by you, you probably have one of these guardian machines. If you aren’t sure what it looks like, you can go check out where your computer is plugged into. Chances are you’ll know immediately what you’re looking for, if you don’t then you probably don’t have a voltage protector and should seriously look into getting one as soon as possible.
Discussing the scientific and engineering technicalities of how voltage protectors work will require lengthy paragraphs filled with terminologies only engineers will probably understand. Basically, all you need to know is that modern day equipment, devices and appliances have components that are very sensitive to fluctuations of power and should therefore be protected at all costs. Take for example elevators which require a lot of power to switch on and off, should anything happen to the components that make it work because of power surges could mean a lot of trouble for people inside it and repairmen as well.
Drop by your nearest hardware and electronics shop and grab a voltage protector for all your heavy appliances. Of course, you don’t have to overreact and plug your light bulbs into voltage protectors. Just make sure that all of your most important equipment are protected.