Most homeowners in San Mateo and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are well aware that their HVAC systems and all of its components are a fairly big investment, providing comfort to your family year-round. Those who take care of their cooling/heating systems also know that regular maintenance is essential, and that filters should be changed every one to three months. What many homeowners are not aware of is that their HVAC systems should be protected from power surges. Why?
HVAC power surges can put your heating/cooling system at risk
Each appliance in your home is designed to use a specific amount of electricity in its operation. A power surge can occur inside or outside, and is a brief spike in the voltage of power that passes through electric lines. When more voltage than a certain appliance was designed to handle is delivered to that appliance, it can result in damage. This includes your HVAC system!
There are many circumstances that can result in a power surge, including:
- Electrical storms (those containing lightning)
- Faulty electrical components
- Faulty wiring in your home
- Downed power lines
- The cycling on and off of large appliances
- Maintenance at a power plant
Many people protect computers, printers, and smaller electronic equipment or appliances; the same should be done for your HVAC system, as any damage that occurs due to power surges can be costly.
Consider having an HVAC surge protector installed so that in the event of a power surge, your system will shut down. This protects the integrity of all components so that your heating/cooling system is not damaged. If you’re not sure whether or not your HVAC system is already equipped with a surge protector, contact our professionals who will check out your system and install one for you if needed.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, our mission is to help keep your home comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. We invite Bay Area homeowners to contact us today with any questions you may have about surge protectors.