When Lightning Strikes and Beyond: Why Power Management is So Important
Protect your systems from everyday power spikes for improved performance and longevity
Time and time again we hear the devastating recounts of lightning strikes critically disabling a home’s electronic systems. To add to the expense and frustration, these overwhelming losses are seldom covered under your warranty as the failure was not the fault of the equipment and because additional, nearly undetectable damage may have been caused to the circuits. These power issues extend beyond the rare lightning strike. “Dirty” power, power abnormalities that include frequency or voltage variations, low power factors and surges, critically impacts your system’s performance and lifespan.
Dirty power creates “noise”, or electrical pollution, across your sensitive audio and video equipment. While the external power source may be partly to blame, so is every appliance, motor-driven and connected device across your “Internet of Things” and throughout your home as each are drawing power as they cycle on and off. These drops and spikes across a shared circuit result in degraded quality and poor performance.
It’s what you don’t see
Damage is sometime immediate and obvious, but all too often slight damage can occur and go undetected, weakening the equipment and impacting its performance. Over time, this drain will shorten its lifespan. And, although you may think you’re protecting your system, the use of low-cost power strips can actually lead to this type of failure. Not commonly known, many of these surge suppressors are “once and done,” meaning that it may be able to protect the connected equipment against one strike, but not against subsequent spikes. So, what if the homeowner were unaware that the power strip had been “hit”, rendering it useless thereafter?
Back it up!
Control processors and other sensitive equipment will experience an immediate shutdown during power outages. As power restoration is attempted, the system will try to reboot, perhaps repeatedly. This can compromise the software and firmware, potentially losing stored content. By providing a battery backup, the processor can power down on its own and successfully reboot. Lamp displays and cooling fans can continue to run, preventing lamp burnout and overheating. And great news for the die-hard gamer as unsaved “levels” will not be lost!
So, how do we achieve “clean” and constant power? Starting with a robust network, we follow best practices, installing power filters, professional-grade surge suppression and battery back-up. The results are reliable, safe, clean power that improves your system’s performance and longevity while protecting your investment.