Most San Francisco Bay Area homeowners experience power surges occasionally, but you may not realize the impact it has on your heating and cooling system, and other appliances in your home. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we want to explain what causes power surges, and why you should be concerned.
Generally, it is forces from outside your home that result in a power surge. This may happen when power lines are being worked on by a utility company in your area, when an accident results in a power line coming down, or if a transformer is struck by lightning. However it occurs, these power surges come into equipment that is hard-wired such as water heaters, boilers – and, yes – your heating/cooling or HVAC system. Your air conditioner can also cause an internal surge, which can result in gradual eroding of its components.
Protecting your appliances and electronics from power surges
There are two things you can do to protect your home from power surges if you live in San Mateo, Hayward, or other areas in and around San Francisco. First, you may want to consider surge protection for your entire home by having a whole-house surge protector installed at the point of entry where the supply of power enters your home. Second, you may want to use power surge strips to plug your electronic devices into, or have protectors build directly into the outlets in your walls.
While there is no way to make your home 100% surge-free, these solutions will reduce any harm to your HVAC system and other electronics and appliances considerably.
If you aren’t sure whether your home has protection at the point of power entry into your home, your Bay Area Cooling and Heating technician can take a look and determine whether your home is protected. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we not only want to help make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, we also want to help protect your HVAC system and other electronics from power surges. Give us a call today!