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Atlanta Electrical Contractors at Pat Murphy Electric Explain How to Choose, Buy and Properly Use a Surge Protector

Owning and using the right surge protector can be the difference between your electronics working and being damaged beyond repair, explains Pat Murphy Electric, Inc.
  • <strong>Pat Murphy Electric CL, Atlanta Electrician</strong>
    ATLANTA, GA, February 21, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The residential and commercial electricians at Pat Murphy Electric, Inc., understand that your electronics are an investment that you both enjoy and want to protect. In that vein, the company recommends that you seek out the proper surge protector to keep your devices safe from power surges.

To start with, you need to be sure that you are buying a surge protector and not just a power strip. Both allow you to plug in multiple devices, but only a surge protector will keep your devices safe from power surges and other interference from your power line. Look for the words "surge protection," "fused strip" or "interrupter switch" on the packaging.

From there, the Atlanta electricians encourage you to make sure that it is either certified by Underwriter's Laboratories or meets the UL 1449 standards, which it allow it to be labeled "transient voltage surge suppressor." This certification helps you to know that the surge protector will actually protect your devices.

Once you're sure you're looking at an actual surge protector, there are several factors you should consider. How many devices do you want to plug into it? What kind of things will you plug into it? Surge protectors come with a wide variety of port availability and they also come in a variety of protection strengths, so be sure you purchase one that fits your needs.

You will also want to check the surge protector's energy absorption rating and its clamping voltage, which is the voltage that triggers the protector to start absorbing energy. You want a protector that can absorb at least 600 to 700 joules at minimum, with a clamping voltage of no more than 400 volts.

The Atlanta electrical contractors at Pat Murphy Electric, Inc., also encourage you to purchase a surge protector that has a warranty for the devices that are connected to it. This can be a worthwhile step should your surge protector fail.

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About Pat Murphy Electric, Inc.:

Throughout the history of Pat Murphy Electric, Inc., exceptional service has been our standard. We are a member of the Independent Electrical Contractors trade association and Better Business Bureau, and we are an Authorized Chevy Volt Installer and Authorized Nissan Leaf Charger. With everything we do, we ensure professionalism and safety.

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