CHICAGO, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Weather Service has forecasted above-normal temperatures for many regions of the United States this summer. Higher temperatures will produce a greater demand for air conditioning, which leads to heavier loads on the nation's power grids-which may bring about widespread power shortages. All across the United States, there have been numerous reports of electrical power systems pushed to the limit due to lengthy and acute power outages during the past three summers. Rolling blackouts have struck San Francisco, San Diego and other California cities, costing millions of dollars in losses to business productivity. During one such blackout in New York City over 680,000 customers, including 20% of the Manhattan population, went without power. To dodge the blackout bullet, some states have been forced to cut power to big industrial customers to protect its power grid. Fortunately, there are simple ways for people to protect their homes and valuable equipment. In Chicago, where power outages recently left thousands of Chicagoans without electricity, Mayor Richard M. Daley acknowledged that much of the city's power transmission equipment "has been overloaded for years-just like a car that is driven too hard." When thousands of high-watt electrical devices such as air conditioning unit or power tools are switched on or turned up at around the same time, it can prompt a reduction or sag in voltage on the power line. These under-voltages, or brownouts, last a few seconds or longer, and can wreak havoc on sensitive computing equipment, causing problems ranging from microprocessor delay and system crashes to not-so subtle equipment degradation. In fact brownouts account for 87% of all summer power disturbances according to a study by Bell Labs. In some areas of the country, such as Florida, brownouts occur up to four or five times a day, says Dusty Furlong, a Tripp Lite sales executive who resides in Florida, which she calls the "Lightning and Power Problem Capital of the United States." "What people need to remember is, even if an under-voltage lasts for a few seconds it can cause failure in the many electrical appliances, gadgets and electronics that many of us are dependent on," says Furlong. "We're all familiar with the experience of returning to our homes to find that clocks, VCRs and other digital equipment have to be reset because power was cut for a second or two. And we've all been inconvenienced by phone line outages during a storm. During summer, we're simply more vulnerable to power fluctuations. The best solution is to install a power protection device in the home or business -- either a surge suppressor or battery backup UPS System, depending on the situation." To guard against a complete loss of utility power, one should consider an uninterruptible power supply or UPS System. With its battery backup, this device can instantaneously provide enough power in the event of a power failure, so that open computer files can be saved and an orderly equipment shutdown can be performed. These UPS units also protect against surges and line noise, making them an ideal form of protection for any critical equipment that needs to be supported-even for a few minutes-during a blackout. Tripp Lite offers a wide range of UPS Systems from basic standby units to highly sophisticated models that include microprocessor-controlled network power management and daisy-chainable external battery packs for extending runtimes on mission-critical systems. The company is uniquely positioned to supply the burgeoning computer market with high quality power protection equipment and Tripp Lite products are recognized worldwide as an essential add-on to computer installations. Surge suppressors are the best line of defense for all electronics against surges, spikes and line noise-and are a relatively small investment (ranging from about $8 to a little over $100). A surge suppressor can effectively dissipate the charge of a bolt of lightning which, without any resistance, can immediately send 10,000 volts of electricity through power cables straight into a household appliance, PC or server. Also, a quality surge suppressor can significantly reduce electrical noise or static; it can shield power-sensitive equipment like a TV or stereo system from AC line interruptions caused by a vacuum cleaner or power-saw operating on the same circuit. A surge suppressor is well worth the money spent when one considers the cost of replacing valuable equipment. Tripp Lite is the maker of the #1 selling surge suppressor in the world: the Isobar(R), with over 14 million sold. The Isobar series, distinguished by its exclusive all-metal housing and protective isolated filter banks, includes up to 8 outlets, with some models including modem/fax and/or coaxial jacks to safeguard satellite or pay-per-view connections. Tripp Lite also offers a reliable, economy-line of surge suppressors called the Protect It! series. About Tripp Lite As the world's leading manufacturer of power protection equipment, Tripp Lite's innovations include the world's first UPS system designed specifically for personal computers, and the world's most trusted premium surge suppressor -- the Isobar(R) -- with more than 14 million in use. Tripp Lite maintains the highest level of ready-to-ship inventory in the industry with more than 1,000 different products, including UPS systems, surge suppressors, line conditioners, power inverters, cables, connectivity products and network management accessories. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Tripp Lite maintains a global presence with fully-staffed offices worldwide. Enhanced service and innovative products have been Tripp Lite standards for more than 80 years. Additional information, including a list of Tripp Lite's sales offices and authorized reseller partners, can be found by visiting Tripp Lite's Web site: www.tripplite.com .
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