Surge Protectors And HVAC: What You Need To Know
Back in the day, you only needed surge protectors for electronic equipment such as televisions and computers. However, as technology advances, more devices being manufactured are using printed circuit boards, making them more vulnerable to power surges. Modern HVAC systems come with printed circuit boards and can easily be damaged by lightning strikes and power grid problems. Power surges can cause irreparable damage to your HVAC system and other electronic devices if proper precautions are not taken. This article provides information on power surge and how you can protect your devices.
Earlier HVAC models were more mechanical in nature than the ones we have today. While this fact made them less energy efficient, it also meant that they were less likely to get damaged by power surges. If these models got damaged, it was easier to repair them since they came with less sophisticated parts. Newer models on the other hand are designed differently and it is more difficult to determine how severely they are damaged by power surges. Some power surges will cause immediate failure to the unit while others will slowly destroy it. Even when your unit continues to operate after a power surge, it is likely to start consuming more power, and will eventually break down. The only way to protect yourself is to use HVAC surge protectors.
How to Protect your HVAC System
While power surges are unpredictable, there are ways you can ensure your devices are protected. One way to do this is by installing a whole-house surge protector at the main breaker box. This will prevent excess electricity from finding its way to your devices. You may also opt to install surge protectors at every outlet being used in your house. This will protect every device plugged in different parts of your home when a power surge occurs.
HVAC surge protectors won’t cost you much compared to the money they are able to save you in case of a power surge. Repairing or replacing HVAC units is very expensive and you’ll need to protect yourself before it is too late. Follow us for more great articles on heating, air conditioning and home needs.