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The Silent Killer of Electronic Devices; New Jersey Electrician to the Rescue

The installation of a whole-home surge protector by an electrician in New Jersey can protect your electronic devices and safe you money. A power strip alone may not be enough to safeguard your computer, tablets, cell phones and other gadgets. Power surges can happen anytime and usually only last for nanoseconds, most often home owners are not aware that they occur. They are the silent killers of computer type devices and appliances.

Electricity works like a stream, ideally it gets fed from its sources to the power lines in a steady flow and keeps on streaming through the grid, underground or above ground with cables, into our houses. Most homes are equipped with 120 volts. The voltage can decrease or increase with the operation of air conditioners or refrigerators, which require a lot of energy in the initial start up. This can upset the steady flow of electricity and cause power surges.

Less frequent but a lot more powerful are lightning storms. The surge created by lightning near a power line or building can temporarily increase the pressure by thousands upon thousands of volts. In the process surge protectors, not able to control such large amounts, will fail. It is wise to unplug your computers and such during a lightning storm.

Another source of power surges can come from faulty equipment at the utility company, downed power lines and defective transformers which bring the electricity from the generating station to the outlets in our homes or offices. It is a complex system, with room for many potential errors. Power surges will occur.

In the U.S. houses run a voltage of 0-169 volts. If the voltage jumps above 169 volts it is considered a power surge. Usually they only last nanoseconds and vary in electrical pressure. Dips of voltage entail a sudden drop of electrical current, which can cause loss in data or complete system failures.

Electrical surges can trip fire alarms, destroy surge protectors by creating a short in the resistance, which causes it to heat up and possibly create a fire if additional surges occur.

To avoid the pitfalls of electrical spikes New Jersey electricians can install a whole-house surge protector or SPD. It may not protect the house from the tremendous impact of a lightning strike, but it is capable to divert most other power surges, which can destroy your sensitive electronics and appliances. The National Fire Protection and the Institute for Business and Home Safety recommends the installation of a whole-house surge protector. On the market are various products to choose from. Around two to three hundred amps configure average power channeled into house; most whole-house surge protectors will protect your house from surges up to up to 40,000 amps of current. The excess amps are detected by the device and diverted into the groundings path of the house.

It is recommended to use a second layer to safe guard electronics in the form of high quality power strips in close proximity to sensitive electronic equipment. Make sure the power strip has an internal circuit breaker which will trip the breaker if overloaded. Not all power strips are created equal; some are not equipped with surge protector. Compare the available power strips to insure they meet your needs. Response time and energy absorption can vary. They work in the following way: the Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV) trap the voltage surge and divert it, but when the surges occur frequently the MOV wears out and the power strip becomes a glorified extension cable leaving your computer and devices vulnerable. Don’t buy power strips without indicator lights and check them frequently to ensure the power strip is working properly. Without the little light on the strip there is no way of telling if this important but often neglected and underappreciated piece of equipment for your electronic devices is working properly. Many of the small kitchen appliances house computer chips just as fragile as your electronic gadgets, and can start to malfunction when frequent surges occur.

Power surges can cause a lot of harm to our costly devices. Even if whole-house surge protectors and power strips aren’t infallible, they can take care of most spikes in electricity entering your house circuits. The best option during a storm is to unplug. In most other situation, a two tier protection provides a way to secure your electronics. A little foresight and prevention can save you money by not having to replace your costly electronic gadgets. An electrician in New Jersey can advice you and install the necessary equipment to safeguard your home to assure that your electronic devices don’t meet a premature death.