Surge protection is deemed as a necessity by most homeowners for expensive electronic items such as televisions, stereos and computers. As far as these items are concerned, people protect them from power surges with the use of a point-of-use surge protector, which has to be plugged into an electrical outlet. However, most people aren’t aware of the fact that heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment also contain some highly sensitive electrical components that are also vulnerable to damage against power surges and also need some sort of protection against this risk in order to continue functioning properly.
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In simple terms, a power surge can be defined as a temporary spike in electrical service voltage. Sometimes it can also be a series of spike and usually doesn’t last for more than a fraction of one second. But, longer-lasting spikes can be caused because of utility equipment failure that continues for a second or even longer. Every appliance that uses electricity can only handle a specific amount of voltage when it is plugged into a power outlet. A power surge means that more voltage is produced and the appliance may not be able to handle it and get damaged in the process.
It is important for homeowners to keep in mind that there is no home that is immune to these surges in power and voltage. Therefore, it is necessary for all electrical appliances to have some sort of surge protection. For every homeowner, the HVAC system is one of the largest and most expensive investments that they make due to which it stands to reason that the system should be provided with adequate protection against any possible surges in power. There are various reasons why these power surges occur including downed power lines, electrical storms or lighting, power outages, faulty wiring, bad electrical components, etc.
Regardless of the reason, protection against power surges is important because even if the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system isn’t damaged because of a single electrical surge, repeated spikes and surges will wear down the equipment and reduce the working life and efficiency of the equipment. Thus, your HVAC system should definitely have surge protection. An expert from Climate Control Inc., a Portland HVAC company, explains that the surge protectors that are available for such equipment ground the additional voltage in order to protect the sensitive electronic devices from any spikes in power. When a surge protector is installed for protecting the HVAC system, it will automatically turn it off when there is a surge in power in order to protect the electrical components.
People should keep in mind that they purchase surge protectors that have been especially designed for the HVAC system. Protectors that have been made for other devices like computers and televisions may not work as efficiently and the system may end up becoming the sacrificial lamb of your experiment. In order to protect your investment, purchase a reliable and appropriate surge protector that will be able to prevent the additional voltage from reaching the HVAC system and keep it safe from the risk of damage associated with power spikes. Some very interesting information regarding surge protectors for HVAC is also available in this video HVAC Portland.