Surge protectors or suppressors prevent damage to electronics that are plugged into them by routing any excess electricity coming through a wall outlet to a grounding wire.
Huge power surges, due to a lightning strike for example, last no longer than a split second. In that instant of time, they can ruin your TV, computer, HVAC equipment and other electronic devices.
Smaller surges are daily, often unnoticed, occurrences in most homes. These surges slowly damage the same vulnerable and often expensive electrical equipment, shortening their useful life. Many Southwest Florida homeowners have found all this out the hard way. Small spikes happen when motor-powered devices switch on or off, causing excess strain on the system. Any of these items may cause a surge:
- Computer printers
- Power drill
- Hair dryer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Even your central air conditioner or heating system
Large, external power surges (which can destroy electronics in your home instantly) may occur due to accidental or unpredictable events, such as:
- Vehicles crashing into power poles
- Animals climbing or sitting on electrical wires
- Trees falling or being blown onto power lines
- Lightning strikes
Thunder storms can be quite frequent around this time of year, so our region is vulnerable. Every year in the United States, an average of 30 million points on the ground are struck by lightening, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
A surge protector is a simple, cost-effective way to protect valuable household belongings – including your HVAC equipment – from both small and large power surges. Be certain to plug all electronic items into high-quality surge protectors, including televisions, Blu-Ray and DVD players, music systems, game systems, computer equipment and printers. Also connect satellite or cable TV cables, telephone lines, fax machines, modems and, of course, all components of your heating and air conditioning equipment to a surge protector.
If you’re wondering what type of surge protector is right for your HVAC system, or if you have other home comfort questions, contact the professionals at Conditioned Air. Serving Southwest Florida, we’re ready to supply expert service and advice. Visit our website for details, or call us.
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