After every few years we find ourselves upgrading or swapping out our home electronics with new ones, because either they have lived up to their maximum potential or simply because sometimes they are damaged. There are many reasons for this.
Firstly, every electronic has its own lifespan that is affected by its wear and tear as they say. For instance, you would find yourself getting a new air conditioner every 4 to 5 years if you live in a hot state like Arizona. Daily usage can wear out an electronic quicker compared to the rest. Some other reasons that usually cause damage in electronics are power surges, excessive voltage, moisture and dust, and any physical damage due to stress or impact.
So how can you protect your home electronics? Or stretch out their lifespan by another year or so? Here are some ways that can help you with achieving that.
Home insulation is great for keeping our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. That is mainly why people opt to insulate their walls within the household. However home insulation has additional benefits that people don’t tend to focus on or realize rather.
Insulation can keep out unwanted sounds, like traffic or the garbage truck every morning – even noise from the next room. But here’s a great benefit of insulating walls; it helps keep the walls dry, which means they essentially act as a moisture barrier that keeps the humidity out and makes your home cozy regardless of the weather. This basically prevents moisture from accumulating within the electronics present in our homes; like the TV, refrigerators, lamps, laptops, etc.
So insulation is not only just to keep our energy consumption and bills low, but also to protect all the electronics within the household.
- Surge Protector
Getting a surge protector to plug your electronics into can be a safe way to protect them from power surges and sudden voltage spikes that occur every now and then. Power surges occur on the frequent – sometimes multiple times in a day and are usually the silent culprits behind the damage to our electronics. Power surges occur for numerous reasons of their own: lightning, the power coming back on after a breakdown in the area, faulty wires, and multiple plugs plugged into a single outlet.
Surge protectors are devices that just resemble extension cords, except they come with built-in circuit breakers that ground the extra voltage instead of letting it pass through onto your electronic devices that are plugged into its multiple outlets. Surge Protectors are slightly more expensive than a regular power extension cord, but understandably so.
The next time you plan on getting an extension cord to plug in the TV, speakers and the PS5, maybe get a surge protector. It would protect all three devices the next time there’s a voltage spike.
- Surge Coverage Plan
An alternative to surge protectors is subscribing to a Surge Coverage Plan in order to protect your home from power surges. As we already mentioned above, power surges can damage home electronics; anything from charging cables to light bulbs and other heavy electronics like air conditioners, microwaves or dishwashers as well.
What a Surge Coverage Plan does is, that for a small monthly fee, it covers the cost of repairs and replacement of any electronic device that gets damaged because of power surges. This saves you from sudden bills that land into your lap worth hundreds of dollars.
With First Energy surge protection plans, get coverage for anything – from televisions, gaming consoles, smart devices to computers, stoves, and other kitchen and washing appliances.
- Unplug Devices
Another way of protecting your electronics is something that’s more of a habit, rather than a contractual or physical device for a solution. A simple habit of unplugging devices when they are not in use, or during a thunderstorm can work wonders.
Unplugging your televisions, gaming consoles, lamps, smart devices, certain kitchen appliances like the microwave or the electric oven can save them from sudden voltage spikes that can burn their components or render these devices useless.
It is quite manageable, protecting any and all electronics in your home. Certain methods may be costly but consider them as an investment into your home. Or better yet, start by incorporating certain habits into your lifestyle for giving importance to these devices present in your homes.