Homeowners protect their homes from many different forces and factors. We use shingles on our roofs to protect against the outside elements. We use security systems, cameras, and locks to protect against burglaries and those with malicious intent. We purchase homeowners and flood insurance to protect our homes against other natural perils. Some homeowners protect against power surges by purchasing and utilizing power surge protection power strips or special electrical outlets that protect against power surges. Thought purchasing and using these items are a step in the right direction, they often give a false sense that a homeowner is protected from a power surge.
What the homeowner has not thought about it is their home utilities, such as their furnace, hot water heater, boiler, HVAC system, and air conditioning unit. These major appliances are also susceptible to power surges. In fact, if these items are damaged or ruined, it can cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace them. This is because all electrical units and appliances were only meant to withstand a certain voltage of electricity. With a power surge, more power than the unit can withstand is sent to the unit.
What causes a power surge?
With our complicated power systems, there are many different factors that can be the cause of, or contribute to an internal or external power surge. Here are some common factors and causes of power surges:
- Lightning and Electrical Storms
- Downed Power Lines
- Faulty Building Wiring
- Power Outages
- Cycling On or Off of larger type appliances
- Maintenance at the power plant
- Bad Electrical Components
- Aged Electrical Components
Home Power Surge Protection
In addition to HVAC maintenance and repairs, your HVAC professionals can help ensure that you protect your home utilities and HVAC system from a costly internal or external power surge. Contact your trusted HVAC technician today to get your home protected. The longer you wait to protect your home, the longer you leave yourself open to a costly mistake. Though no home can ever be completely immune to a power surge, there are steps to take to significantly decrease the chances of your home being affected by a damaging power surge. Your HVAC technician can tell you more.