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Surge Protectors: Protect Your Investments

08/09/13

Permalink 07:20:58 pm, by advproinc, 407 words   English (US) latin1
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Surge Protectors: Protect Your Investments

It's pretty common knowledge these days that you never plug a computer directly into a regular A/C outlet without first plugging it into a surge protector, right? Because who wants to purchase a brand new computer, just to have a power surge fry it completely? Unfortunately, what many people don't think about is all the other electronic devices in their home or business that are also at risk of damage from power surges. Televisions, refrigerators, fax machines and phone systems are just a few examples of devices that are at risk. It is amazing how many items actually need to be protected from an electrical surge!

Now let's think on an even bigger scale. What about the brand new security system you installed in your business? Due to the complicated wiring of security and fire systems, they are more likely to experience power surges than other electronic devices. Did you opt to spend the extra money to plug your system into a surge protector or did you choose to reduce your costs by skipping it completely? If a surge occurred, besides being left without a functioning security/fire system, how much money would you stand to lose in order to repair/replace the system?

What causes power surges? Lightning, problems with the utility company's equipment, large appliances cycling power on and off, faulty wiring, and downed power lines are just a few things that cause power surges.

What is at risk? All items that have a microprocessor are at risk during a power surge.  This includes items like:  computers, air conditioners, fax machines, copiers, printers, televisions, video surveillance systems, refrigerators, security/fire alarm systems, microwaves and telephones.

What are my options? There are a variety of surge protectors you can purchase for your electronic devices. Some are small and ideal for those who travel frequently with their lap tops and others are designed to handle larger equipment such as alarm systems. Depending on what you're trying to protect, the cost can vary quite a bit as well. On average, a surge protector can cost approximately 5-10% of the cost of the equipment you're trying to protect. With that in mind, when budgeting for a multi-million dollar server upgrade, is it worth spending a fraction of the cost to ensure your equipment is protected?

For additional information on what type of surge protectors would be right for your home or business, contact one of our account representatives at (360) 695-5072 to assist you.

 





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