Here in the desert, we experience frequent electrical surges. High winds, increased air conditioning usage and power company switching to keep up with demand, cause many surges. You may notice the occasional "dimming of lights", followed by a surge, to fill the voltage drop. Most of our electrical surges go unnoticed. However; these surges cause damage to appliances and electronics in our homes and businesses, such as; computers, wall-mounted T.V.s, refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, and anything electronic you plug in to the electrical system.
It is best described as comparing the microprocessors in our appliances to an "ice cube melting". Envision every surge causing a drip from the appliance until it no longer functions. Here in the desert an ice cube does not last too long. This is why our appliances don't last as long as they should.
It is our sincere recommendation: EVERYONE NEEDS WHOLE-HOUSE SURGE TRAPS TO PROTECT APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS!
"Whole-House SURGE PROTECTION!" Why is there a need for Surge Protection Devices?
In the coming years, electronic devices will represent half of the electrical demand in the United States.
Electronics, consist of microprocessors which rely on digital signals: fast on/off coded sequences. Distortion on the power or signal lines may disrupt the sensitive signal sequence. As electronic components become smaller and more powerful, they become more sensitive. The tremendous proliferation in the use of sensitive electronic equipment - sensitive by virtue of circuit density (microchips having literally thousands of transistors on a single chip) – is now incorporated into almost every new electrical device. Surge protection is now the standard technology for increasing the reliability and uptime of microprocessors. Microprocessors can be “upset”, “degraded” or “damaged” by surge events. Depending on the magnitude of the surge, the system configuration and the sensitivity of the load.
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