As winter bears down, weather forecasts tend to
turn towards wind, rain and lightning. Computers
are very sensitive to any disruptions on the power
grid. If a power surge or spike is high enough, it
can inflict some heavy damage to your computer
or laptop. The effect is very similar to applying
too much water pressure to a hose. If there is
too much water pressure, a hose will burst. Even
if increased voltage doesn't immediately break
your computer, it may put extra strain on the
components, wearing them down over time.
Most manufactures will not honour warranty
claims on computers if a surge or electrical spikes
have taken place.
Surge Protection - These come in the form of a
power board with anything from 1 to 8 power
outlets. A surge protector has technology
inbuilt that is able to suppress a spike in the
power, smoothing out the power, protecting
your computer from spikes or surges. In the
event of lightning striking your power lines, a
surge protector can blow up still protecting your
Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) - Looking
like a small computer box, they have a
rechargeable battery inbuilt which keeps your
computer up and running in the event of a power
cut, giving you the benefit of saving files and
shutting down your computer safely. They also
filter the power if any nasty surges strike. The
battery does need to be replaced over time as it
loses its charge.
Home IT Solutions has a wide range of Power
Protection options, talk to a technician today.