A season of unpredictable weather is approaching here in the greater Cleveland area. Now seems a good time to discuss power surges and how to avoid damage from them. Big power surges, from a lightning strike for instance, usually last much less than one second.
In that moment, a big power surge can instantly ruin your TV, computer, HVAC equipment and other electronic devices. Smaller surges are much more frequent (and often unnoticed) inside our homes. They'll slowly damage that same costly electrical equipment and appliances over time. Surge protectors or suppressors stop this by diverting any extra electricity coming through an outlet to a grounding wire, blocking any damage to items plugged into the protector strip.
Large, external power surges are caused by many uncontrollable or accidental events, such as cars colliding with utility poles, animals climbing on electrical wires, and, of course, lightning strikes. Lightening and thunder storms are common around this time of year, so we're quite vulnerable. In fact, an average of 30 million points on the ground are struck by lightening each year in the United States, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Surge protectors also guard your valued household items from small surges. Small spikes can occur when motor-driven appliances switch on or off. Energy going to and from other appliances is diverted temporarily. Your refrigerator or toaster are often to blame. Other perpetrators include power tools, computer printers, blow dryers, vacuums, and even your central air conditioner or heating system. These smaller spikes put extra stress on electrical components, wearing them out before their time.
The best protection for your electronic equipment — including your HVAC system — is a high-quality surge protector.
Make sure you connect all these items to surge protectors:
- DVD players
- music players
- game systems
- Satellite TV lines
- Telephone lines
- Fax machines
- All the components of your home heating and cooling system
- And other valued programmable appliances or electrical items
Questions about caring for your HVAC system? The professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling provide expert advice, product information, installation, repairs and maintenance. Visit our website to contact us, or give us a call.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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