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A Simple Guide to Power Strips and Surge Protectors

May 2, 2019

Protecting your home against power surges ensures that any appliances, electronic devices, or electrical systems are safe in the event of a sudden influx of power. Without proper protection, any devices that are plugged into an outlet are at risk of being overloaded and fried in the event of a sudden surge of power.

What’s the Difference Between Surge Protectors & Power Strips?

While all surge protectors are technically power strips, not all power strips feature surge protection.

Power strips plug into your home’s wall outlets and allow you to plug in extra devices to additional power outlets, but don’t possess any features to protect your devices against power surges.

Surge protectors also offer you use the of more devices but have built-in protections to keep your devices from being overloaded in the event of an electrical surge.

The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is to look for a small orange light that is present on surge protectors. This light illuminates to let you know that the surge protector is doing its job and will usually have the words “protected” or “protection” inscribed beside it.

Are Surge Protectors Worth It?

How much did you spend on your home’s entertainment center? What about your laptop or desktop? Got an expensive gaming console that the kids love?  Most of us have invested a good bit of our hard-earned money in our gadgets and technology at home. Can you imagine having to spend all that money a second time? If you choose not to protect your home and your devices against power surges then that may be a reality you will have to face. It’s much better to go ahead and spend a fraction of what you would pay to repair your home’s electrical system in order to preemptively protect yourself from such situations ever arising. Surge protectors and power strips are important in regulating the voltage output of outlets and help keep your devices from being burned out in the event of a surge.

How to Choose a Surge Protector

While you can certainly pick up power strips and surge protectors at your local home improvement or hardware store, they don’t offer the same level of protection that whole-home surge protection does.

Whole House Surge Protection from CMC Electric

To truly keep your home safe from the damaging effects of electrical surges and lightning strikes, you must make sure all inputs to any appliances or equipment you want to keep safe are properly protected. Let us give you an example:

Let’s say your TV plugs into a 120-volt receptacle and also has a data input (like a satellite cord or cable line). Both the 120-volt receptacle and the data input need to be protected. CMC Electric can easily bring this whole house method of protection to your home by installing a surge protection system at your electric utility provider’s point of entrance. This takes the worry off of your hands and leaves the hard work to the trained professionals.

Let CMC Electric help you achieve total peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home’s appliances and devices. Call us today to talk more about our services, or get in touch with us for more information about our whole house surge protection solutions.