If you are like most consumers, power surges and the damage they cause may not be something to which you have ever given much thought. However, lightning strikes and similar events over which you have no control can cause power to surge through your home or business, resulting in serious damage that will cost you a significant amount of money to repair. Fortunately, home power surge protection measures are available to eliminate or reduce such damage.
Protection for Homes and Businesses
Whether the source of the surge is internal or external, protection is necessary at the point where electricity enters the dwelling. If such protection is not present, various appliances can sustain serious harm. Water heaters, furnaces, boilers, and air conditioning units can all be irreversibly damaged, depending on the severity of the event. Therefore, protection from financial loss is the primary benefit associated with the prevention of such damage.
Whole house protection is available through the use of a single device that minimizes power surges to any systems that are hardwired, such as cable lines, HVAC systems or telephone lines. Another option is point-of-use protection, which is accomplished through the use of devices that are connected to the electrical outlets that power many of your everyday appliances, such as televisions, computers and microwaves.
Numerous business owners also invest in such devices, as a loss of power would be detrimental to the day-to-day operations of many establishments. For example, a refrigerated food storage facility that experiences a power outage could potentially lose a significant amount of perishable items, resulting in lost revenue. Similarly, power spikes at a software company may cause serious damage to the company’s computers.
Getting Professional Advice
Because the aforementioned scenarios can result in costly repairs, it is a good idea to contact a professional to have your home or business evaluated and the proper measures taken to protect your home utilities or office equipment.
If you would like additional information about how you can protect your home or business from power surges, or if you have other questions concerning HVAC maintenance, contact your local HVAC experts and schedule an evaluation.