While it isn’t often top of mind, your home’s HVAC system is probably one of the most vital appliances you own. It’s also one of the most expensive. Therefore, it is in your best interests to protect your investment as best you can. It’s common knowledge that routine HVAC maintenance will keep your home’s furnace and air conditioner performing at its best, but one should also consider a little added protection with an HVAC surge protector. If you are wondering what HVAC Surge Protection does and/or why it is necessary, we’ve put together basic information that might interest you.
There are two types or power surges that can occur: internal and external.
Causes off internal power surges
- Faulty wiring
- Faulty circuit breaker
- Faulty appliances
Causes of external surges
- Blown transformers
- Downed power lines
Investing in a surge protector will put your mind at ease. When a surge strikes, big or small, these devices divert excess electricity away from your appliances. When people think “power surge” it is likely they think of a giant bolt of lightning frying the system. These are certainly the most powerful, feared and damaging, but smaller and less severe surges from within the home are the most common and can wreak havoc over time. Since even the smallest of power surges can do lasting damage to your electronics and appliances, it is possible that you would not even know there is a problem, until it’s too late.
Why HVAC Surge Protection?
As we’ve mentioned, the investment you’ve made into your heating and air system isn’t insignificant. So naturally, you want it to last as long as possible. The average air conditioner or furnace can last from 12-17 years, without incident. So it’s important that you take the proper steps to protect it. Here’s a few reasons to consider an HVAC surge protector:
- In most instances surges are not covered by home insurance. Depending on your coverage, any loss that is incurred may be at your own expense.
- HVAC system warranties do not provide coverage for damage caused by power surges.
- Newer HVAC systems are not any more protected from power surges, a surge can negatively affect old and new systems alike.
- Having to replace your furnace and/or air conditioner prematurely is a big investment that you may not be prepared to make.
An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, especially when prevention is easy and affordable. Don’t wait on lightning to strike, Contact Jackson Comfort Services, we would be happy to protect your HVAC investment and give you some peace of mind.