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Tech Tuesday- Bullet-proof your “Smart Home”

Electronics are sensitive, computers and most of our appliances these days are run from tiny microprocessors, which are very easily damaged by even the smallest surges.

Okay, so in the past couple of weeks we covered the importance of having a solid home network and battery back-up system to greatly improve the reliability of your “Smart Home” electronics. As promised, this week we are talking about surge protection and how to get the longest possible lifespan and operational reliability out of your components. That’s right, by incorporating a whole home electrical surge protection and filtration system, you will minimize system issues and downtime and greatly lengthen the lifespan of your gear.

Surges, transients and spikes can be caused from a variety of sources both internally and externally. We have all heard about someone whose house was hit by lighting or someone who had a surge come in from the electrical utility service. What you may not realize is that the majority of significant surge damage comes in through other means such as cable TV service lines, satellite dish, phone lines, landscape lighting fixtures and even outdoor speakers. Most people and most companies don’t understand what it takes to protect against these risks. It is already happening in many of the US states that insurance companies are demanding surge protection in homes!

Internally generated transients and spikes can be stopped with electrical filters.

Did you know that on an average day the electronics in your home will be exposed to possibly hundreds of transient spikes through your electrical wiring? Every time your air conditioner turns on or off there will be some brief transient changes in your AC voltage. Have you ever noticed when certain appliances turn on your lights pulse briefly in certain areas?

Electronics are sensitive, computers and most of our appliances these days are run from tiny microprocessors, which are very easily damaged by even the smallest surges. They are often very expensive and inconvenient to repair as well. Those fancy keypads and timers on the front of our ovens and dishwashers, touchscreens, televisions, computers and you know what I am talking about…it is everywhere nowadays.

There is a great company addressing all of these issues called Total Protection Solutions. You can learn more about this fascinating and critically important topic at http://www.surgepack.com/ As always, if you have any questions or feedback on this article or any other lifestyle electronics related matter, I am here for you and I look forward to chatting.

That’s all for now, gotta bolt!