Why Your Organization Needs Surge Protection
Electronic devices are a staple for any business or organization in today’s world. They play an essential role in performing the key functions that practically run the business – processing payments, communication, and keeping records just to name a few. What many organizations often fail to realize is that the proper protection of these electronic equipment is as significant as the functions they fulfill.
The Threat of Power Surges
Power surges are quick bursts of electricity that occur for a short duration but vary in magnitude. The stronger the surge, the more damage it can cause. This is not to undermine the threat of smaller, unnoticeable surges as their frequent impact can cause a damaging effect that slowly accumulates over time. These weaker but more common surges can result in decreased reliability and shortened lifespans of electronic devices.
Typical causes of Power surges:
- Faulty wiring
- Electrical overload (drawing too much power from a single circuit)
- Downed power lines
- Power Outage
- Lightning strikes
The damage caused by power surges, regardless of their magnitude, are detrimental to any organization. If a business relies on its electronic equipment to provide services, damage to those devices can result in downtime and loss of business and profits. Hardware failures are said to be the most common cause of business downtime.
The severity of the consequences of electronic system failures increases substantially when it comes to security and life safety systems. In such scenarios, there is not only a great risk to an individual’s safety but to assets of an organization as well. Additionally, there is also an increased risk of potential financial consequences as a result of paying fines or legal liabilities.
How do Surge Protection Devices help?
Surge protection devices (SPDs) protect electronic equipment by eliminating the majority of the excess voltage and current in the event of a power surge. SPDs are an effective measure for guarding electrical devices from damage and as a result extending their lifespan. Some other benefits of SPDs include:
- Cost-efficient. SPDs are affordable and easy to install.
- Less frequent maintenance. By effectively protecting systems like electronic hardware and HVAC, SPDs reduce the need for their constant maintenance.
- Easy to Repair. SPDs are easily repaired, or replaced when needed.
- Operational Indicators or alarms. LED’s that either green or red to indicate working or failure or alarm modules to indicate loss of power or a defective SPD.
Surge protection devices help your organization by reducing the risk of business downtime, guarding electronic systems, and protecting lives. In addition to keeping your electronic devices secure, smart SPDs also notify you immediately when their functioning is compromised – a complete system of reliable security.
The importance of SPDs is why Energy Control Systems offer a wide range of high quality devices from experienced manufacturers, designed to fit any organizational framework. They offer reliable solutions for surge suppression as well as specific protection against lightning strikes.