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Every year, the country is hit by an average of 20 typhoons. Unfortunately, these calamities can wreak havoc on virtually everything that plugs into the walls, putting you at higher risk for power surges and power outages. Fortunately, you can easily purchase surge protectors like the AVR in the Philippines to save your appliances. To help increase your knowledge on how to save your electronics, here are some tips on how to protect your electronics when the inevitable happens.

Get Insured

Since we’re talking about dangerous storms here, let’s be honest—nothing is absolutely guaranteed to keep you or your possessions safe from the act of nature, so to be sure, better get yourself insured. There are general insurance plans that can cover and protect your electronics in the event of an electrical surge or lighting. There are also electrical repair businesses you can go to once the unfortunate happen and in case your beloved electronics gets damaged,you can bring them to these kinds of shops. Some specific equipment have their own warranty, so it would be best to keep the receipts and booklets of your appliances to save on money.

Invest in UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)

A UPS is a device that allows computers to run when a brownout occurs but only for short time. It also protects the computer from power surges. The rechargeable battery enables the UPS to take over powering your device so you can be sure that whatever you were working on will be safe because sudden shutoffs won’t be a factor of you losing your work. Some UPS’s also have functions that include guaranteed surge protection which serves as temporary warranty for anything plugged into the UPS system.

Invest in Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are designed to protect your electrical devices from voltage spikes. It also limits the voltage supplied to an electrical device by blocking it or grounding the unwanted voltage to a safe threshold. A surge protector is one of the most important things you should invest in especially if you have expensive electronics. Usual and unexpected surges can be easily blocked by surge protectors but lighting can still get past it if it strikes close enough or directly.

Unplug All Devices

The most effective defense is to unplug all of your devices and appliances if you know a storm is brewing.  If your computer, television or refrigerator or just about all the electrical appliances you have isn’t plugged in, then there is a lesser chance for it to be struck by electrical damage. Unplugging them is the best method we can use and as much as we hate it, it’s the only sure way for them to be protected from surges or lightning strikes.

Mother Nature is fierce and dangerous; she holds forces that can damage your electronics. Take caution and by using the tips aforementioned,you can be sure that your expensive electronics can be safe from harm and no lightning strike can easily harm them.

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When you have an AVR in the Philippines, you definitely want to keep it and the rest of your home safe when you leave for a few days to go on vacation. Some people just ‘wing it’, leaving everything up to the last minute, but it will be very beneficial for you to make plans ahead. Create a checklist of all the things you need to do before leaving the house. Here are a few tips on what you need to accomplish before driving off to enjoy your vacation.

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Make Sure All Appliances are Turned Off

It is surprising how many people overlook turning off all appliances in the house by not checking their homes thoroughly. Yes, even your Wi-Fi needs to be turned off (sorry, neighbors). Please do not leave your desktop or laptop on and plugged in with the intent of letting it download large files. This is to avoid gadgets, appliances, or lights from overheating or blowing a fuse.  The only thing you should leave on is your refrigerator, to keep the food in it from going bad.

Unplug Everything

Again, except for the refrigerator, unplug the rest of your appliances. With you and everyone else in the family out of the house, there really is no need for anything to be plugged in anyway. This will prevent power surges and save energy. Many appliances use up power even when they are turned off.

Do NOT Leave Your Pet without Food or Water

As much as possible, we advocate not leaving any pet behind when you’re going on vacation. However, there are times when it is inevitable.

Even if your pet cat is free roaming, never assume that they will be able to find sufficient food and water on their own, especially if they’ve been fed regularly their whole life. Allowing your pet to scavenge for food can also put them at risk of getting lost, acquiring diseases, or worse, getting run over. For large pets staying inside such as a dog or cat, don’t lock them in a cage; the least you can do is to keep them in a safe room. The room must not trap heat and must be well ventilated. Make sure there are no wires, gadgets, or appliances they can chew on or knock over. Leave a bathroom area for the pet  and keep their food and water a good distance from the said place.

It would still be better to leave your pet with someone you trust who will take care of them during the duration of your vacation, or at least ask your neighbor to check up on them daily. Do note that you must NEVER leave your pet alone for more than a couple of days.

Make it Look like Someone’s Home

Regarding curtains, your first instinct might be to close them all the way to prevent people from seeing the inside. However, noticeable changes like this can alert a thief that this was done because the owners have left the house vacant. Keep the curtains as is. You might be tempted to leave the lights on in an effort to make it look like there is someone inside but this can rack up a large electric bill, is not very environmental-friendly, and is even more suspicious! You can purchase a light switch timer that will turn the switch on and off according to the time it is programmed to do so.

Have Your Mail Put on Hold

If you’re expecting any mail, ask someone to pick it up for you or inform your courier of your absence and to hold your mail for the meantime. Parcels might easily be stolen off your garage, and piled up mail is a clear signal that there is nobody home!

If you have a spare key, make sure you keep it somewhere so hidden that even the person who knows there is a spare key will have a hard time looking for it. Follow these steps in keeping your home safe and you’ll be able to have a fun vacation without any worries!

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It’s starting to get warmer. The Christmas breeze is slowly leaving our beloved country and the HEAT of summer is surely coming your way and mine.

summer vacationBut before you schedule the great get-away summer adventure of yours, we all know that summer could cost more on electrical bills than the previous season. So while the International School Manila Tuition Fee consistently rises that doesn’t mean your electrical bills should! Of course that’s not all to remember this summer, while at it, why don’t we run a little check-list on matters more important: home safety. As you know, nothing kills a vacation than an emergency at home.

Do you have an aircon timer?

Due to excessive heat outside, most of us would like to cool off inside our homes where there is good air conditioning. Problem is, you might lose track of time and regret this once your electricity bill arrives. Install aircon timers so that you may control the number of hours you’d like your aircon on. You can also have a schedule every day with Meiji’s 8 programmable-options-24-Hour Timer.

Is there a working fire extinguisher at home?

Make sure that you have one in a practical place and yet is out of reach for your children. Don’t neglect to inform the members of your family how to use the equipment when necessary.

Have you installed smoke detectors at home?

Only get ones that alarm LOUD enough to wake you up even if you’re asleep. Or when you’re not around the house, audible enough to alarm the neighbors. Remember also to check or test your smoke detectors every month and to check battery replacements every 6 months to a year.

Are you extension cords tacked up or coiled?

Do not place extension cords under carpets or mats to avoid it being stepped on or the wires being damaged.

Have you covered unused outlets?

Children are particularly fond of inserting their fingers into outlets. So to avoid grounding and/or burns, cover unused outlets with safety plugs or better yet with blank plates.

Have you checked for overloaded equipments?

Plug only appliances that are within the capacity of your socket outlets and that also of your extension cords.

Are all major appliances grounded?

Appliances, extension cords and outlets with ground are to be prioritized to promote safety especially with children and women in the house. Remember that the ground tolerance for women and children are significantly lower than that of males.

Are electrical cords unplugged when not in use?

When you know you’ll be out for some time, it is wise to unplug electrical cords. This is a sure way to avoid complications especially when rats and other pests might be taking over once you’re away.

 Have you planned your emergency escape?

Practice AIRCON TO FAN TIMERa drill with your family on where to go and what to do in case of emergencies. Make sure that you own an emergency ladder and that the nearest fire and police stations can be found beside the telephones.

Have you considered an aircon to fan timer?

Having one is not only practical and useful but also very affordable. Now, you don’t have to worry once the aircon shuts off because your fan will automatically turn on.

Don’t waste your summer locking yourself in your rooms! Get out and enjoy the heat knowing that your home is safe and cool whenever and however you want it.

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