Did you know that Florida is one of the lightning capitals of the United States? While this makes for some impressive light shows from time to time, lightning, power surges and power fluctuations can wreak havoc on sensitive electronics, including computers, modems, routers, televisions, DVD players and DVR devices.
One of the best ways to protect these devices is by investing in and using Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS, for short). A UPS device will provide a constant, clean stream of electricity to your electronics, regardless of power fluctuations in your home. Further, a UPS device also has a battery backup system which can keep your electronics running for a short time (15-30 minutes, depending on what you have plugged into the UPS). In the event of a power outage, a UPS connected to your computer can automatically initiate a regular computer shut down when the battery backup system on the UPS runs low. This will prevent data loss or hard drive failure which can occur when the power to your computer is cut off suddenly, such as what happens when the power unexpectedly goes out.
Typical UPS devices designed for home computers and electronics cost an average of about $50-80 and can be purchased from home electronics stores or places like Office Depot, Walmart, Best Buy or online at Amazon. They are well worth the investment, considering the price of replacing said electronics in the event that they are destroyed by an electrical anomaly.
One final note – power strips DO NOT provide the same level of protection that a UPS does, even those power strips which claim to offer surge protection or surge suppression. While they are cheaper than the price of a UPS, these cannot be depended upon to protect your computer and other equipment. Power Surge protectors help to suppress the amount the amount of electricity coming from your outlet, but can not fully protect your devices. Invest in a good UPS. During the next major electrical storm, you will be glad you did!