Surge protectors protect electrical devices from spikes in voltage and can save lives. But how much do you really know about them? It’s time to clear up the confusion once and for all. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about surge protectors.
Do Surge Protectors Protect Against Lightning?
Unfortunately, no. Surge protectors won’t protect your home during a lightning storm. Experts recommend that you unplug all of your electrical appliances instead.
However, surge protectors can offer an extra layer of security against lightning if you use them with a lightning protection system. If in doubt, ask a qualified electrician for more information.
Can You Use Surge Protectors Outside?
Using a surge protector outside isn’t a great idea because water can damage these devices. However, a qualified electrician can hard-wire a power strip and secure it to an exterior wall, which provides you with an additional layer of security from the elements. This is a relatively simple job, but you need a professional to do it for you.
Are All Power Strips Surge Protectors?
No. Power strips and surge protectors are two completely different things. A power strip connects to your wall outlet so you can use multiple electric devices. A surge protector does the same thing, but it also protects you against power spikes.
How Do You Install a Surge Protector?
You will need to locate the main breaker panel in your home, attach a surge protector to it, connect the wires, and reassemble the panel. If you’ve never done this before, it’s a better idea to enlist the services of a trained professional.
Mister Sparky® of Lancaster can install a surge protector in your home without any of the fuss. As a result, you can protect you and your family from voltage spikes when you use multiple electric appliances at the same time.
Looking for a qualified electrician to install a surge protector in your property? Contact Mister Sparky today and receive a quote or find out more about surge protection installation and maintenance.