Is Your Heating and Cooling System Safe from Power Surges?
The recent storm that left El Dorado Hills inundated with copious amounts of wind and rain caused widespread power outages in San Francisco. Leaving residents with a very strong reminder of just how much of an impact inclement weather can have on our lives, especially when it comes to home performance. Indeed, power surges are not uncommon in California, and the right combination of weather patterns can cause them to occur without warning. Determining whether or not your heating and cooling system is safe from power surges, then, is essential to streamlining your home’s performance.
What Causes Power Surges?
Understanding what causes power surges can give you a better idea of what you’re dealing with. There are a number of different factors that can come into play, some of which work in tandem with one another to create power surges that can be quite spectacular. These include:
Lightning and Electrical Storms
Downed Power Lines
Faulty Building Wiring
Power Plant Maintenance
Aging Electrical Components
When the elements are in line for power surges to result, it’s often too late to do anything about it if you haven’t already taken steps to be prepared for such an occurrence. Preventative action, then, is essential.
What Can I Do as a Homeowner?
For homeowners, the obvious solution in preventing power surges is to utilize power strips throughout the house. This may seem like an effective means to an end, but it’s actually not effective enough and won’t give you complete protection against surges. Instead, it’s important to consider utilizing proper surge protectors throughout your home, and especially with your HVAC system.
Surge protectors are like floodgates in that they monitor incoming electrical power and only allow the right amount to pass through to an appliance. If an overabundance of power hits the surge protector (such as in the case of an electrical storm), the extra electricity is grounded and kept from harming the appliances on the other end of the strip. This ultimately helps to protect the safety and longevity of your heating or cooling system, ensuring that unsafe current is kept from entering your home and that your appliances don’t burn out unexpectedly. It also means you don’t have to worry about dealing with costly repairs, which can be devastating during the holiday season.
At California Energy Services, we believe each and every one of our customers should be able to live without concern over the storms that periodically roll over the Bay Area. Your HVAC system is no doubt a huge investment, and protecting it is of the utmost importance. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.