IS YOUR HVAC SYSTEM PROTECTED FROM POWER SURGES?

Your dog is hiding under the basement once again due to another thunderstorm. You are sure that your home is protected no matter how strong this thunderstorm becomes, even though he seems like he is not. However, has it occurred to you that your home may not be completely protected in the event of a power surge?

If you bought and are utilizing special electric outlets created to protect electrical devices from an electrical power surge, or power surge protected power strips, you are most likely confident that you are protected if a power surge occur to your home. However, you are overlooking many of the most vital and costly equipment in the home. Home utility appliances like your air conditioning unit, boiler, furnace, and hot water heater can also be damaged by a dangerous and powerful electrical surge.

What is an electrical power surge?
All devices and appliances were designed to take a certain dosage of energy. When a power surge happens, there is the potential for these devices and appliances be exposed to more voltage of energy than they were built for. If this happens, the item can be damaged or completely destroyed.

What causes a power surge?
Various different situations and factors can cause an electrical power surge. With over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the continental United States every year, lightning is the most common factor in the occurrence of power surges. Other common factors in power surges include:
• 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
There are actions you can complete to protect your home utilities and HVAC system from power surges and their expensive damage. Grounding equipment can be used to help ground and diffuse the extra power sent to these machines during a potentially damaging and expensive power surge. Contact your HVAC maintenance contractor today to discover if your home is protected and what additional steps you can take to protect your HVAC system.