Who turned off the lights? Here’s how to protect your home appliances from load shedding damage

   

Jade Poole from I Write Words

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Hello darkness our old friend - load shedding is back and we want to make sure your house is safe! 

As we usher in the new year, we also usher in a friend we haven’t seen in quite some time - load shedding! If you are one of the many homes that have been impacted by load shedding, then you might know that it can cause some serious damage to your household appliances.

With loadshedding back, it’s important you put some preventative measures in place to prevent any expensive disasters from taking place when the power is cut out or suddenly comes back on.

How will load shedding damage my appliances?

It’s simple - your electronic appliances are very sensitive. Even little things like dust and moisture can cause damage. That’s why an unstable supply of electricity can damage the circuit and processors of your electronics.

When the power cuts out all your electronics turn off. The issue with this is that most high-tech equipment has what is called an internal microprocessor. You know that screen that pops up when you want to turn your computer off? Well, modern-day appliances kinda have the same process and need to shut down correctly.

When load shedding happens then this process of shutting down doesn’t really happen and then everything is instantly turned off without warning. This means your electronics could experience some internal forms of hardware failures and corrupt programs could stop it from starting back up again.

And that’s not all…

When the power finally comes back on there is often a power surge or spike that can ‘fry’ your equipment.

Here’s how to protect your electronic devices

1. Power conditioners

Also known as distribution board surge protectors, these help to control and manage the output of your equipment and make sure they receive stable and constant power. These protectors also increase the lifespan of your electronics and protect them from power surges.

Distribution board surge protectors are regulated by the SA government and have to be installed on every distribution board. They are fitted by a qualified electrician when a DB is first installed in a house. Make sure yours has one!

2. UPS

An Uninterruptable Power Supply, also known as a UPS can be quite expensive, but they are so very worth it! They make sure the power keeps running when load shedding happens. Chat with an electrician or supplier about them and how much they will cost. They protect things like your TV, computer and projectors.

3. Surge protectors

These are very simple and cost-effective ways to protect your appliances against power surges. They also come in handy when lightning strikes! Surge protectors are basically just fancy plugs that you plug your appliances into and they make sure that the power is regulated when it comes back on.

4. Download the Eskom App!

This is a handy little thing to know about! The EskomSePush App was developed to let you know exactly when your area is going to be affected by load shedding.

All you have to do it go to your app store, download the EskomSePush App and select your exact area to get a detailed table of times of load shedding.

This also helps you to prepare for when the power goes out and unplug your appliances in advance.

5. Get household insurance

Last but certainly not least, make sure you have household insurance. When something happens to the items in your home, you will want to make sure that you are covered.

And why not get cover with Oneplan - all you have to do is snap photos of your items and just like that - you are insured! The best part is you can adjust your cover to suit you and your budget.

Yours in hassle-free household insurance,

Oneplan



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