If you’re a regular reader of my blog (and thank you!), then you know my expertise as a blogger dog is in the HVAC world. So you wonder why I’m writing about a surge protector. “Olive, are you also an electrician dog?” Well, not a licensed electrician, but I have some important knowledge about electricity because it applies to HVAC equipment. And that’s why I want to talk to you today about the importance of surge protection—it’s closely connected to your home’s heating and cooling!
The Damages From Power Surges
Here are some numbers for you: approximately $200–$300 million is lost each year in property damages because of electrical power surges. You may think of a voltage surge as causing a few lightbulbs to burn out or maybe damaging a laptop computer. But the real damage can hit your home’s expensive electronic devices … and this includes your HVAC system.
A power surge can bring a fast end to air conditioning systems, heat pumps, furnaces, and many different motors found in HVAC equipment. An HVAC system contains numerous precision parts and advanced electronics, making it as vulnerable to power surges as your computer, television, and sound system.
And no, you can’t just plug your HVAC system into a power strip to fix this! HVAC systems don’t work that way, and power strips aren’t much protection against a major electrical surge like the kind from a lightning strike or a blown transformer.
A surge only needs to exceed 169 volts to become harmful, and
lightning strikes can cause voltages to surge by the thousands. You need a more effective solution to protect your home’s comfort equipment from the kinds of power surges you may encounter.
Surge Protection for Your HVAC System
The best way to avoid electrical damage to your HVAC system is to call our team to install surge protection in Knoxville, TN. Our team of experts will install a professional surge protection device to your HVAC system. The surge protector not only defends your valuable equipment from major power surges, but also from smaller ones that can accumulate over time. All you have to do is see the green light on the surge arrestor, and you know you’re protected.
With plenty of thunderstorms headed our way, call us at (865) 982-5133 or go online to russellandabbott.com to schedule your surge protector installation appointment.
I think it’s a great time to invest in keeping your heating and cooling equipment safe. You’ll not only save money by keeping your HVAC system working for years, but you’ll avoid being trapped without a working heating and cooling system when you need it the most.
Russell & Abbott serves Maryville, Knoxville, and the surrounding areas. Just whistle and we’ll come running!