As Sunshine Coast and Brisbane residents know, storm season is here. We’ve been experiencing some cracking storms that build up after days of intense heat and humidity. Love them or hate them, you have to respect all that power!
Should We Unplug?
Many people ask us if it’s really necessary to unplug things like computers and televisions during a storm. The answer is yes – the power surges that can result from lightning are massive and can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your electronic equipment. Even an indirect lightning strike near a power line can induce a power surge beyond what your electrical devices can safely withstand.
If a storm is on its way, you should disconnect your computer and television from mains power by pulling out the plug.
What is a Power Surge?
A power surge is a greatly increased voltage or current in your power. It often lasts less than a second but the results can be devastating.
Power surges can results from lightning, as already discussed, but they can also be caused by faults in the wiring, power lines that are down and also heavy use of electrical devices – like air-conditioners in a heat wave.
The normal fluctuations in electricity supply can also damage equipment over time. These happen all the time without us even knowing about them, and long term exposure can damage your gear by gradually weakening the electronic components.
If you live in an area prone to thunder storms, like the Sunshine Coast, surge protection is a good investment. Surge protection works by blocking the surges by limiting or diverting the over-voltage through another route. No surge protection is 100% safe but it will greatly decrease risk to your equipment.
It is well worth obtaining quality power surge protection. You can use a portable surge protector board or have surge protection for the entire house built into your mains power board.
Ikon Electrical can do this for you. If you are looking to protect your equipment from power surges, give us a call. We’d be glad to help.