The best protection for your home in the event of a direct hit is a lightning
rod system. Despite myths you may have heard, lightning rods do NOT attract lightning to your house. They simply provide a
safe conductive path to ground for any lightning that may be in the immediate area. That way, if a lightning strike does occur,
the energy from the strike is harmlessly diverted to the ground, instead of causing damage to your house.
Do UPS units and surge protectors, such as those used with
my TV and computer ever wear out and need to be replaced?
Yes they do. The life span is usually based on how many surges they intercept and
stop from reaching your equipment. When it gets one too many, it will stop providing surge protection.
A good way to look at surge protectors
is to compare them with bullet proof glass. This glass can easily withstand the impact of one bullet and sometimes more. But
as each subsequent bullet is deflected, the glass gets weaker. Eventually, the glass will completely shatter from the smallest
better surge protectors will give you some sort of indicator light to let you know if they are still protecting or not, but
without this indicator, you may be experiencing a false sense of security with your suppressor device.
We had an electrician change a regular outlet to a dedicated circuit
for our computer equipment. Occasionally, the computer’s battery backup unit will beep when nothing plugged into it
is turned on. Question is can a dedicated line for an outlet experience problems such as this?
A dedicated line doesn't filter noise problems or voltage spikes and
dips. It only assures a maximum current availability at the outlet.