Guest content by Shane Reid - WA Metro & Regional Manager, Thor Technologies.
When everyone thinks of a surge protector, they think of needing to protect against a lightning strike or storm. This is true but is only some of the problem we face with surge. Yes, we absolutely need to have surge protection in place for storm damage or any external factors such as faulty wiring or trees touching powerlines as these are usually catastrophic events that destroy multiple pieces of equipment around the home but the bigger problem is the surges that your equipment endures on a daily basis.
Storm and external damage accounts for around 20% of the surge damage that occurs in your typical home, 80% of the surges that your equipment endures are internal and generated from inside the house each time that equipment cycles on and off (such as Fridges, Washers, Dryers, Air Conditioning, Hair Dryers, Compressors, Motors etc.). It is not uncommon for there to be over 100 small surge events in your house on any particular day. These surges cause your hardware stress and latent damage which can cause unexplained issues with your product, programming issues, lockups and ultimately result in the untimely demise of your equipment.
The urgency of installing multiple high-quality surge protection devices is being driven by several ongoing trends;
With all this in mind it requires a holistic approach to surge protection in the home with options to not only protect your equipment at the power point with a surge board but also with products mounted in the distribution box providing whole circuit protection around the home as well. Surge protection works like a mesh, the more products you have around the home protecting your equipment, the more effectively they can work together to ensure the longevity of your expensive equipment.
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