Surge Protectors – If you have ever wondered, “Are surge protectors really important”? The short answer is Yes. electrical disturbances cost North American Companies more than $26 Billion every year. Surge protectors are a proactive way of saving a lot of time and money. Let’s take a look at some information about surge protectors….what are they, why are they important and how do you know what level of protection to install?
– What are Surge Protectors?
A surge protector (or surge suppressor) is an appliance/device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or by shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.
As many already use the plug strips for electronic equipment. (saving many of you lots of money when spikes and outages happen.) They are also offered for whole coverage for all electrical within your use, being placed at the panel.
– Why are they Important?
Surge protectors are a line of defense for everything that runs on electricity. So your business and home electrical devices would be protected with a whole system unit surge protector. With all the power outages and storms many of us have endured, our electrical systems take a hit each time. Business can lose a great deal of money by having equipment failures for even one day. These units will help to protect against losing appliances, electronics, and equipment down time.
– What Level of Protection do you Need?
There are several factors to consider. You will need to look at all of your equipment that needs to be protected, the cost of repair or replacement of that equipment, loss of productivity and loss of business during down time. When you look at what could be lost if you do have a power surge, it is definitely worth the investment to protect you business upfront. Every home and business is different in their needs for protection and this will need to be assessed by a professional.
We hope this information has been helpful in understanding the importance of surge protectors. Please contact DEC if you need to protect your home or business from power surges.