Having a power failure plan to protect your home from a blackout has become a necessity today. According to one study, 75 percent of U.S. homeowners experienced a power outage each year.
So how do you protect yourself from these power failure problems? By setting up backup power systems to protect mission-critical appliances from damage or destruction. Here’s where to begin:
Standby Generators. Generators can run on natural gas or gasoline, and some can re-power most of the home's critical systems within a short time of a power failure.
Surge Suppression. Surges can occur from outside or inside the home. To protect yourself, you’ll need several types of devices:
When shopping for surge suppressors, keep in mind that major qualitative differences exist. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for and finding out your suppressor didn’t work during a power failure can be a very expensive lesson to learn.
Battery Back-ups. Probably the single most effective equipment to protect computers from damage from a power outage is a battery back up. Known as an “uninterruptible power supply ” or “UPS”, these small devices will not only protect your sensitive data from surges or spikes, they can also instantly restore power to your computer long enough to allow you to safely save your work and shut down the system. Battery backups are an essential part of your power failure plan.
Check out these sites for good tools and tips on protecting your power during a power failure:
Protecting your home from power failures with a thorough power failure plan has become a necessity, due to today's many power outages. But with a little preplanning, the inconvenience of losing electricity can be left at just that.