Investing in high quality home electronics and smart home automation systems is not something people take lightly. Even as popular products get cheaper and cheaper every year, we still want them to last. How many people have done a face-palm when they dropped their favorite smart phone and cracked the screen—a $24 case would have saved it. Your home electronics can also be easily protected from accidental damage and wear.
The article’s author points out that threats to home electronics come in three primary ways—electrical, physical/support, and heat. All three threats to smart home systems and A/V gear can be mitigated with relative ease and minimal cost.
The first level of protection for our gadgets is physical or structural. This applies mostly to large products like TVs, speakers and components. A/V components do better on an equipment rack designed to support them and promote proper air circulation than they do stuffed in a cabinet or shelf not designed for them. The article explains more about controlling heat and how excess heat can greatly shorten a component’s life. Also, it’s not a good idea to keep audio video components close to the floor where dust and pet hair collects (unless your rack has doors). Do you know what you should put on the bottom shelf of your rack? Find out in this article. For TVs and anything attached to a wall, proper mounting equipment can prevent big disasters.
The article explains how clean power is better than dirty power, and what kind of products can deliver the power that your gear needs. This is especially important with audio and video gear, which can be more susceptible to dirty power. Read this article to learn what a power conditioner is and why it’s important.
No matter if your home electronics are expensive or entry level, it always pays to add a simple layer of protection to ensure they last longer.