Power cuts can have a negative effect on your home appliances. Fix My Life shares some tips with us for using surge protectors and UPSs so you can incur as little damage to home essentials as possible.
Often when a power cut occurs, we don’t have enough time to properly shut down our appliances and home equipment. This can easily lead to all sorts of hardware failures that can prevent your equipment and appliances from functioning correctly. And anyone who’s had their washing machine break in the middle of a load of laundry knows how inconvenient appliance malfunction can be. When electricity is restored to your home, it’s often unstable and can be followed by surges or spikes in the grid. Increasing the chance of even more appliances breaking.
Here are a few ideas and suggestions that you could implement as precautionary measures:
- Firstly, the most cost-effective, but time-consuming, way is to manually shut down and remove all electrical equipment from plug sockets.
- Another option is to install surge protectors in your home that block these power surges when the electricity is switched back on. The surge protectors are plugged into the sockets and then the equipment is plugged into the surge protector plug.
- A third and highly recommended long-term solution is to have a surge protector on your distribution board. The surge protector controls the amount of electricity that is pushed out and ensures that the supply is constant. This will assist in increasing the lifespan of your equipment.
- Although a little on the costly side, another option is to install a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) System. A UPS system can be used to protect more expensive types of equipment like computers, televisions, projectors and audio systems by giving you more time to shut them down.