things you should know about surge protectors

Surge protectors are handy devices that allow for more outlets in addition to increased protection from electrocution. However, if you are still curious about surge protectors, check out this guide by the pros at Roman Electric about all you should know about surge protectors!

What Exactly is a Surge Protector?

All your home devices and electronics are vulnerable to a power or electrical surge. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does it can cause electrical fires as well as electrocution. That is where surge protectors come into play. Surge protectors look like this and are used for two reasons:

  • To provide multiple outlets for multiple devices
  • To protect plugged in devices from high voltage power surges

A surge protector works like a regular outlet in terms of transferring electricity to all plugged-in devices. However, if it senses a surge in electricity, it automatically routes the electricity to the outlet grounding wire.

What is the Difference Between a Power Strip and Surge Protector?

No, not all power strips are surge protectors. Power strips resemble surge protectors and are usually used to create more outlets. Surge protectors add more outlet space in addition to protect your devices.

How Long Can a Surge Protector Last?

Surge protectors are great devices, but they have their limits. Surge protectors can only handle a certain number of joules, which a unit of measurement for energy. Normally, surge protectors can last between 3 to 5 years, however they can be worn out quickly if they face several or strong power surges. It is best to replace them every two years just to be on the safe side.

What Kind of Surge Protector Should I Get?

There are numerous surge protectors on the market, which is why it is important to look for the one that is best for you and your needs. Generally, you should get a surge protector that:

  1. Has Many Outlets

Go for one that has more outlets as you will always need more in the future. If you predict an increase in technology or gear, make sure your surge protector has enough outlets!

  • Has Properly Spaced Outlets

Next, make sure your surge protector has outlets with enough space between them for bigger plugs.

  • Is Portable

If you are a frequent traveler, consider getting a surge protector that is portable. It may not be able to take on as much power but will definitely be more efficient on travel days.

  • Has a Higher Joule Capacity

If your surge protector can handle more joules of power, it is most likely the better option.

Have anymore questions about surge protectors and how they can protect your home and your treasured appliances? Get in touch with the pros at Roman Electric. Our team of experts are highly qualified in all things electrical and would be more than happy to assist you and answer your questions. Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service with us on our website.