Home theater systems of today are not like those available a few decades ago. They’re intricate and able to provide entertainment seekers with an incredible at-home experience. However, home theaters are also a costly investment. The last thing you want is a lightning strike or storm to cause a massive power surge into your equipment.
Home owners insurance will not always cover power surges, and so a surge protector should be the foundation of your theater. Acting as a safeguard, this surge protector can keep your speakers, television, projector and other gear from being damaged or destroyed.
Don’t Let a Surge Destroy Your New Home Theater
When it comes to home theaters, one common component often overlooked, or not thought about, is the need for a proper power surge protector. There are many available on the market and are sold at most electronic stores. Even some pharmacy chains such as Walgreen’s and CVS carry them. However, not all surge protectors are equal in terms of performance, warranty and longevity. If you’re going to have a home theater system installed, you’re going to want to consider a surge protector. If you’re not sure what the difference is, or why quality matters, think about the following.
Understanding the Difference Between a Surge Protector and a Power Strip
The differences between a surge protector and a power strip might not appear so obvious upon first glance. They look nearly identical, but they’re very different. A power strip simply splits the power into multiple electrical ports and offers no protection for the gear being plugged into it. It is the same as having a wall plug with 1, 2 or 3 electrical sockets. You get no protection, just extra plugs.
A surge protector offers a layer of protection against power surges, simply by not allowing the surge to hit the equipment or limiting the amount. When a surge hits a power strip, it lets the surge flow right into your equipment, causing damage, sometimes permanent. On the other hand a proper surge protector will stop the surge from getting through.
Choosing the Right Surge Protector
A Houston, TX home theater installation service may be able to recommend various surge protectors at an assortment of prices and quality. Rather than running out to the nearest store, you’ll want to choose a surge protector that is going to live up to everything it claims on the packaging.
The Length and Number of Ports
When buying a surge protector, you’ll need to think about the number electrical ports needed, type of equipment which will be plugged into the device and length of the cord. There is nothing worse than buying a 4 port surge protector when you needed an eight, or getting everything together just to realize the cord is a foot short. Considering these three simple things before purchasing can prevent future headaches. To save you time and hassle, you can let a home theater installation company work out the logistics for you.
Joules/Absorption Rating, Clamping Voltage and Response Time
The higher the joules number, the better its ability to absorb surges as they happen. When it comes to joules, it is recommended home theaters to have at least 300 joules; 600+ is considered optimal. Clamping voltage is rated by the amount the device can take before redirecting the excess electricity away from your gear. The golden rule is the lower the clamping voltage, the better. There are three types of protection using the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Certification) rating system; 330V, 400V and 500V. Response time is how fast the device will respond during a surge, the lower the number the faster the device will start protecting your equipment. If all this is far too technical, contact a Houston TX home theater installation company for advice.
Every surge protector will come with different warranties. In the event the device fails, this warranty will act as your safeguard. The warranty ensures your equipment is covered up to the warranty amount specified on the packaging. What this means for you is if a surge gets pass the safety features and damages your equipment, the company will cover up to the amount provided within the warranty information, normally printed on the package. It is always recommended to choose a protector with a warranty that would cover the cost of all equipment you are planning to plug into it.
Contacting a Houston TX Home Theater Installation Service
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