Solar flares and surge protectors. Even though they both start with an S, you think that’s about the only thing they have in common. But like most things in the scientific world, they are very inter related. And as times change, and weather patterns become more unstable, surge protectors will become a consumer and businesses best friend. So what is the link? Solar flares are radiation bursts the emanate from the sun. They can be anywhere from mild twitches, to out right explosions that expand hundreds of thousands of miles into space. This radiation does a lot of things, but we’re going to focus on electricity for this article. When solar flares target the earth, their electrodynamics structure causes many changes in the structural pattern of our utility grids.
And what this can do to someone’s home office or business building is very important to consider. Electrical circuits are very prone to over surges, and under surges of electricity. Over surges can of course, fry your computer components, while under surges damage them due to their trying to perform with limited electricity. Each one is equally as dangerous, and you need the same amount of protection for both. Many small companies that are experienced, usually set up their own offices with computers, servers, printers etc. themselves. They may utilize one or two surge protectors if they have them laying around, but many times they literally just plug them right into the wall. You would assume that if you work in an office building that the building is secure. That is not always the case. If your equipment is not plugged into the proper surge protectors; over surge or under surge could do significant damage to your components.
Solar flares are causing many levels of disturbances in the atmosphere. While you may look out your window and it’s a clear and beautiful day, a solar flare is undetectable by the human eyes. You can sustain the same amount of damage on a clear day as during a thunderstorm. So if you operate out of your home or office, It is very important that you plug all your computers and multimedia equipment into properly regulated surge protectors. You will be glad you did.