A Little Planning Ahead Never Hurts
The power and beauty of a lightning storm can be alluring, but summer storms definitely have downsides. They can bring destructive hail, damaging winds, and lightning strikes that threaten the electronic devices in your home.
Lightning strikes to power lines or transformers can send a jolt of electricity along the grid and into your home, causing irreversible damage to anything plugged into your outlets. These three tips will help minimize the risk of damage to your household appliances and electronics from electrical surges brought by summer storms.
1) Stop It at the Source
Inclement weather can arrive quickly, so it’s important to plan ahead. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is to disconnect your devices from the power source when they’re not in use. Plugging electronics into a power strip can save effort and allow you to disconnect several devices at once with the flick of a switch.
Check to be sure your power strips and adapters have built-in surge protection capabilities before trusting your devices to them. While you may pay a bit more for a strip with this feature, it will prove more economical than replacing your television or laptop.
2) High-Tech Protection
Unplugging isn’t always a practical solution to the threat of electrical surges. Your refrigerator needs to run around the clock, and many electronic devices reset to factory defaults when they’re disconnected from power.
In these cases, surge protection technology is critically important. Anything with a motor, like your washer and dryer, is susceptible to damage from electrical surges, as are devices with microprocessors like your computers, smart televisions, and microwaves.
You can use individual surge protection adapters for all these valuables, but it can be less cumbersome to invest in whole-home surge protection. This is a system wired into your main electrical panel, and it extends surge protection to every outlet in your home with no need for power strips and adapters!
3) Protect Your Budget, Too
There’s another form of surge protection that protects your pocketbook rather than your devices. Home protection plans can cover damage that ordinary homeowners insurance policies don’t — including damage from electrical surges. This coverage can safeguard you against the high cost of repairing or replacing devices, even if you don’t use surge protectors at home.
No matter how you choose to protect your equipment throughout the stormy season — whether through surge protectors, home protection plans or both — don’t take the threat for granted. Your appliances and electronics could get fried in a flash!