Although the power grid utilized by Portland residents is usually stable, unexpected surges can still occur throughout the year. To protect your HVAC system and various other components, the use of a surge protector for each of your most important devices is essential. If used properly, you might even end up saving your entire HVAC system.
The Frequency of Power Surges
In recent years, the reliability of power grids all across the United States have been called into question, which has prompted many homeowners to take precautions. Of course, even when the power grid is stable, surges are still possible due to lightning strikes, downed power lines, bad wiring, and other causes that can’t be entirely avoided. The average number of power surges for each household hovers at around 300 per year.
The Danger of Surges
Our homes rely on electrical devices to function. Some of the devices are quite costly, like your television and computer, but these units probably don’t compare to your HVAC system. Heating and cooling equipment such as furnaces and air conditioners can be quite costly and it doesn’t matter how robust or brand new a unit is — it’s susceptible nonetheless. This is why a surge protector is paramount if you hope to fully safeguard your system.
How a Surge Protector Works
Surge protection can be set up in two ways. The most common is a power strip-like device. For this, all you need to do is pick one up at the store, attach it to the wall, plug in all the devices in the vicinity that you wish to protect, and turn it on. When a surge occurs, any excess power detected by the unit is redirected into the grounding plug. For further protection, a surge protection device can be connected to your circuit breaker by a licensed technician. Used together, these two precautions provide great protection.
For more expert advice on the use of a surge protector or any other home comfort issues, please contact the professionals at Roth Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the needs of Portland and the surrounding area since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about surge protectors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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