Why you really DO need Surge Protectors

Although surge protectors may look like a power strip, don’t be fooled in thinking they offer the same benefits.  A power strip adds extra outlet space to power your electronics, whereas a surge protector actually helps protect your electronics from voltage spikes.  What causes voltage spikes and are they really that common?  Well, events like lightning strikes, power outages, and other grid malfunctions cause voltage spikes, and yes, they happen very frequently. 

7-Outlet Surge Suppressor/Protector
7-Outlet Surge Suppressor/Protector

Now, not all electronics need a surge protector (although there’s no harm if you do choose to use one).  Using one on a lamp, for example, isn’t necessary because the only damage a power surge running through a lamp could do is burn out its lightbulb.  However, it is crucial to use a surge protector on devices such as laptops and computers as they contain voltage-sensitive components that a power surge could easily damage, and without a surge protector, a power spike or power surge could actually shorten the life of your device, wipe out all of your data, or even completely destroy your system. 

Ok, great, so you’ve connected a surge protector to all your critical electronic devices and you’re feeling great that your electronics are safe and protected and now you don’t need to think about it anymore.  Well, not quite.  Surge protectors do need replacing every couple of years because as they take a power hit, it slowly diminishes its life.  Unfortunately, with most surge protectors you can’t tell if it’s providing full protection or not, so it’s best to be proactive and replace it.  A good surge protector can last about three to five years (depending on amount/strength of surges).

Ready to start protecting your electronics?  We have a variety of surge protectors to suit your various needs!

Source: https://earlybirdelectricians.com/blog/why-surge-protectors-are-needed/

Tips for Organizing your Workspace

Get Organized for the New YearStop combing through the piles of paper on your desk to find that note you left for yourself last week.  Gain efficiencies and reduce stress by taking the time to organize your workspace and setup systems to keep your space organized going forward.  Here are some tips to get you started! 

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.

How WiFi Extenders Work

You may have seen these futuristic looking devices before, which look like something out of your favourite SciFi movie, but have you ever wondered how they actually work?

Watch the video below to see how these small devices can make a big impact on our connectivity at home or in the office.

Ready to boost your wireless connectivity? Reach out to us and we’ll help guide you as to which WiFi booster would be best for your needs!