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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How to Protect Your Smart Home from Power Surges During Storm Season

If you're one of the fortunate ones like me and you have some smart home devices or a complete smart home, you get to enjoy the automation that comes with it. The good news about smart home automation is it can offer you convenience and peace of mind making it possible to automate your home with your smartphone acting as command central. The bad news is your smart home devices are just as susceptible to power surges and lightening strikes just like your other home electronics. There's nothing you can do to keep storms like tornadoes, hurricanes and thunder storms away, but here are some things you can do to make sure a lightning strike or a power surge doesn't ruin your expensive smart home hubs and other connected devices.

1. Keep your devices plugged into a surge protector or battery backup. Surge protectors play a big role in keeping your smart home and associated devices protected. Even the smallest power surge during a storm can ruin your devices. If you don't want to install surge protectors in your home, many utility companies offer entire home surge protection which can keep your smart home safe from lightning and power surges. If you want to keep your smart home hubs powered during severe storms, get a battery backup. These devices not power protect your devices from power surges, they can also provide a limited amount of power to keep yo