Surge Protector Power Strips

Written by Charles Peacock
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Surge protectors are one of those things you don't realize you need until it's too late. Most people plug their electrical equipment right into the wall without ever thinking about it, and in most cases they're safe in doing so. If you live in an area with a lot of lightening storms, however, you may want to think twice about this practice.

How Surge Protectors Work

The electrical system in your house is designed to supply a constant level of voltage to your wall outlets. In most cases this is 110 volts, which is the power level required by most small appliances. Some washer-dryer systems and refrigerators require 240 volts, which is usually set up only in the outlets behind those specific devices.

When a lightening storm hits, a lightening strike can sometimes send an enormous power discharge into your home's electrical system. Because your home's wiring is designed to conduct electricity well, this extra electricity instantly finds its way around the entire house and to every single electrical outlet.

If you have a surge protector plugged in between your appliances and your wall outlets, they will instantly sense this extra electricity and shut the circuit off before it damages your equipment. Surge protectors are pretty cheap to buy, and can save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in the event that something goes wrong. Planning ahead and making a small investment now can really help you out in the long run.

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