Electrical surges can not only prove to be problematic for your electronic devices, but for your heating and cooling equipment, as well. The damages from electricity spikes caused by storms can cause damage to your HVAC equipment and leave you paying a large amount of money to have it replaced. The best thing you can do to protect your equipment is install a whole-house surge protector.
Whole-house surge protectors work much in the same way that surge protectors for electronic devices work. They will shut off your heating and cooling equipment in the event of an electrical surge and direct the spike of electricity into the ground.
While an electrical surge may not destroy your equipment completely, it will definitely cause damage over time. To ensure that your HVAC unit runs efficiently, it is important that you protect it from electrical surges.
There are three kinds of whole house surge protection and they are listed below.
- Sacrificial Surge Protector: This is the most affordable type of surge protection unit and it generally costs under $50. It will protect your house through one electrical surge. After one surge, it will need to be replaced.
- Permanent Whole House System: A whole house system offers the best protection. Prices generally range anywhere between $200-$1,000.
- Surge Protection from Utility Companies: Depending on where you live, some utility companies provide surge protection. They charge for installation and then a monthly fee. Prices vary depending on location
If you determine that you need a surge protector for your home, you will need to contact a professional. Professionals are qualified to ensure that the best equipment is installed in the safest manner. If you live in the Portland area, Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can help.
Remember, your HVAC equipment is an expensive component to your house and needs to be running efficiently at all times. Don’t let a surge in electricity leave you without.