How To Protect Your Technology in the Lightning Capital of the U.S.   Lightning Facts

As the lightning capital of the United States, southwest Florida, leaves residents a challenge when it comes to protecting their technology. Lightning strikes occur on an almost daily basis for more than half of the year. It’s not just important to protect your electronics from power surges but also direct strikes. One of the most effective ways CITE Solutions can safeguard your technology is by installing surge protectors and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). These devices will protect your technology from power surges while also helping to prevent data loss in the event of a sudden power outage caused, by a direct or indirect lightning strike. By following these simple precautions, you can ensure that your technology remains safe and functional even during the most severe storms. Almost anything plugged into your power grid can be effected by a voltage spike, but today’s modern electronics are overly sensitive.

Importance of protecting technology from lightning strikes

Protecting technology from lightning strikes is essential for both individuals and businesses. One of the most effective measures to prevent lightning damage is to invest in a lightning protection system. An effective system will include surge protectors, grounding rods, conductive wires, and a lightning rod.

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Surge Protection Devices (SPDs)

Surge protection devices are essential for protecting electronic devices from power surges. When a power surge occurs, it can cause severe damage to equipment, leading to costly downtime, repairs, and even the loss of critical data. Surge protectors act as the first line of defense against lightning surges, redirecting the electrical current to the ground. With the increasing reliance on electronic devices in homes and offices, surge protection devices are a must-have investment for anyone looking to protect their valuable electronics.

Two Kinds of Surge Protection

Whole house surge protector: The device is installed in a home’s electric panel. Offers downstream protection of all electronics in a home. 

Plus: Whole home surge protection offers a greater peace of mind as it covers the entire residence or business.

Minus: Whole home surge protection comes with a high overall cost $$$.

Power strip surge protector: The device resembles an ordinary power strip,  protecting only the electronics plugged into it. 

Plus: They are considerably the cheaper option for surge protection, and can be combined with a UPS.

Minus: Does not offer whole home protection, only outlets.

No Downtime with an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

A UPS is an essential piece of equipment that every business or residence should have in place. It ensures that in the event of a power outage, critical systems will remain operational. The main function of the device is to provide backup power allowing for proper shutdown procedures to be executed, preventing data loss and damaged hardware. Investing in a high-quality UPS unit can also protect electrical equipment from power surges and voltage fluctuations, which can be as equally damaging as a power outage.

Importance of Protecting Technology from Lightning Strikes

It has become essential to protect and safeguard against the damage caused by lightning strikes when living in the lightning capital of the US. Therefore, it is essential to employ appropriate lightning protection measures to prevent harm to technology and maintain continuity. Protecting technology from lightning strikes is not only crucial for the overall safety of the equipment but also the productivity of your organization and home. 

Contact CITE Solutions today to order a lightning protection package for your home and office!