The cost of computers, televisions, kitchen appliances, washing machines and other equipment adds up quickly. Any time these devices are plugged into an electrical outlet, they are at risk of severe damage by the electricity that operates them. An electrical surge can send enough power back into this equipment to burn out circuits and destroy the device. Surge protectors are often used to protect electronic equipment, especially more sensitive devices such as computers and large televisions.
While it’s easy to remember that expensive entertainment or work devices need protection, don’t forget that your home heating and cooling system is also at risk of damage from electrical surges. With HVAC equipment often costing more than several computers or televisions combined, you can lose a large amount of money if your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump is destroyed by an electrical surge. For this reason, you also need to provide a surge protector for your HVAC equipment.
Severe power surges most often occur during severe storms that produce a lot of lightning. Surges can also be caused by increased electrical flow when appliances or equipment with high power needs switch on. Faulty wiring, downed power lines, equipment failures, and power plant repair and maintenance can also account for electrical surges.
Surge protectors protect both home electronics and HVAC systems from dangerous power surges. They prevent the large spikes in electrical power from reaching equipment that can be damaged by it.
You can find surge protectors that offer:
- Service entrance protection for the whole electrical system, including incoming power lines, phone lines and TV cables
- Point-of-use protection installed where devices and equipment are plugged into electrical outlets
No surge protector can stop every power surge. However, the combination of service entrance and point-of-use surge protectors provides a reliable double layer of protection for your expensive electronics and HVAC equipment.
Blanton’s Heating and Air Conditioning, founded in 1951, is a reliable provider of air conditioning and heating services to Fayetteville and the surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information on surge protectors for your HVAC system and for help finding a model that will work best for you.