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Is Your HVAC System Protected From Power Surges?

Dangerous power boardHomeowners take many steps to ensure their home is protected against many different things. They purchase homeowners insurance. They have security systems installed. They lock their doors at night and when they are out. Some homeowners even install security cameras. Homeowners also make sure that their gutters and drains are working correctly. They perform a lot of maintenance on their home, including HVAC maintenance to ensure that costly breakdowns do not happen. However, not many homeowners consider protecting their homes in the event of a power surge.

The homeowners that do stop to consider this as a factor of protection usually just purchase equipment, such as surge protection power strips, or special electrical outlets. Their computers, printers, and other small devices end up plugged in using this equipment to protect against a possible power surge. When these steps are completed, most homeowners consider themselves and their equipment protected against a power surge.

However, this thinking is a mistake. Your home’s HVAC system also needs protected against internal and external power surges. Surge protectors made for these systems help divert and ground the extra voltage that can be send to the HVAC system during a power surge. Without such protections in place, a large dose of electricity created by a power surge can damage or destroy the HVAC system, as well as other utility appliances like your hot water heater and boiler. Not protecting your home can lead to thousands of dollars’ worth of damages, not to mention the time and hassle of getting items repaired or replaced.

Though they can be rare, no home or building is immune to internal and external power surges. Common reasons for power surges include:

  • Lightning and Electrical Storms
  • Downed Power Lines
  • Faulty Building Wiring
  • Power Outages
  • Cycling On or Off of Larger Appliances
  • Power Plant Maintenance
  • Bad Electrical Components

Protect Your Home Utilities

Home power surge protection for your HVAC system starts with a phone call to your trusted HVAC professional. An HVAC technician can assess your home and HVAC system, make recommendations to protect against internal and external power surges, and apply their recommendations to ensure your home and electronic devices and equipment are fully protected.

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