7 Tips to Safeguard Home Theater Equipments
Updated: Oct 7, 2021
A home theater system is quite common these days. It not only gives a touch of luxury to your home but also gives the pleasure to enjoy a movie in the comfort of your home. Installing a home theater system requires a little research, effort, and expenses.
When you invest a lot of money in the home theater it’s really important to protect them. It’s been 7 years since we are dealing with Home Theater equipment’s and here are 7 tips to safeguard home Theater -
1. Surge protectors
A surge protector (or spike suppressor, or surge suppressor, surge diverter SPD, or TVSS) is an appliance or device intended to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes in alternating current (AC) circuits.
Without a surge protector, a power spike or power surge could shorten the life of your computer, wipe out all of your data, or even destroy your system. You should use a surge protector with any high-end electronic device.
In the situation of electrical excesses, however, rather than bursting, electrical lines and appliances burn up, or at the very least wear down over time. By diverting excess pressure in the hose (your home's wires) surge protectors safeguard wiring and appliances.
Here are some of the Best Surge Protectors recommended by us –
Don't Daisy Chain Multiple Surge Protectors
Odds are you’ve daisy-chained, or plugged a power strip into another power strip or surge protector when you were desperate for more outlets. It’s tempting, and it’s easy, but it’s also dangerous As far as daisy-chaining surge protectors, it doesn’t work. The first strip will trip if a second is plugged into it and used.
It’s really important to understand that avoid Daisy chain, multiple surge protectors.
2. Power Conditioner
A power conditioner (also known as a line conditioner or power line conditioner) is a device intended to improve the quality of the power that is delivered to electrical load equipment. The term most often refers to a device that acts in one or more ways to deliver a voltage of the proper level and characteristics to enable load equipment to function properly. In some uses, a power conditioner refers to a voltage regulator with at least one other function to improve power quality.
Surge protection is a great start, but power conditioners also offer valuable protection for components in entertainment and sound systems, as well as home office devices. Surge protectors are a great defense against damaging voltage spikes. However, more than surges and spikes can affect certain sensitive electronic devices.
The perk of Power conditioning
· Equipment protection
· Noise removal
· Fluctuation correction
Here is the best Power Conditioner recommended by us –
3. UPS - Uninterruptible Power Supply
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), also known as a battery backup, provides backup power when your regular power source fails or voltage drops to an unacceptable level. A UPS allows for the safe, orderly shutdown of a computer and connected equipment. The size and design of a UPS determine how long it will supply power.
As you have invested a lot of money while building your home theater you don’t want a sudden failure and damage everything.
If you have good backup power it allows you to switch off everything without any worry. 1K Watts UPS is a good one for home theater equipments. That will give you 15 to 30 min. of time to switch off everything.
We recommend to buy APC Back-UPS which is excellent and accomodates different conditions of India.
4. Do Not Stack Product One over Another
The biggest problem in India we try to keep one product over another. Just look at your TV room probably you have kept DTH over a DVD player or something like that. Try to avoid stacking electronics one over another.
Home theater equipment are created in a such way that, they need ventilation, they need air to flow in it. When you place one product over another products get warmer and generate more heat because of that your product might damage early.
Make sure you should not stack on top of each other unless proper precautions are taken to prevent heat and airflow. Pallets with spacers or some form of horizontal bonding should be used.
5. Invest in the good cooling system
In-home theater the equipment’s have some life and working limit. Temperature is one of those limits. When any equipment reaches an upper limit of heat then there are high chances it will damage your product.
Try adding small fans or a good cooling system to maintain temperature level. One of the most common used fans in AV Cabinet is this
Few advantages of adding a cooling system
· Extends its Lifespan
· Prevents Overheating
· To keep airflow
6. The Danger of Dust (Clear Dust)
Dusting is never fun. That’s why it is called a chore. But keeping dust particles away from your electrical equipment is very important to avoid any mishaps or excess performance pressure to the equipment. There are different types of dust material, like metallic, chemical, small particulars this might damage your products. Dust can clog vents and smother equipment that is already prone to overheating.
Try to clean your product every 6 months or year to increase lifespan. This shall also avoid the chances of any short-circuits and will make your equipment run longer and faster.
7. Set Maximum Volume Limit
Volume is something that can damage your Home Theater Products apart from your hearing cone. Every speaker is designed in such a way that it can handle a good amount of power but, if you are going to mess with it by increasing sudden volume then make sure you are ready to bear losses. The impromptu peaks or spikes in sound or amplifier can take a toll on its internal components and are susceptible to increase the chances of any failure or damages.
All AV Receivers used in Home Theater Systems allow you to set a maximum volume level. Make sure you check out what is your maximum volume limit and try to set it asap. You can also keep the Power on Levels at 20 to 40 dB range so in case of Power Cuts your device goes back to low volume levels after restart.
You can also watch the detailed video here and for those of you who want more personal guidance or assistance feel free to reach out to us using our T20 service