Invest in Whole-Home Surge Protection for your Greater Atlanta Home
The heat stops and everyone wakes to a freezing house – an Atlanta wintertime horror story! Don’t find yourself out in the cold this winter because a blown fuse or a surge of electricity hit your home and fried the furnace.
What is a homeowner to do? Look to your friendly professional from Estes Services for help deciding what to do and how to protect your home against unexpected power outages.
Protect Your Furnace, Air Conditioner or Heat Pump
Estes Services’ NATE-Certified technicians help homeowners discover options available to protect their furnaces. Whole home surge protection is a frontline defender against power surges outside and inside the home. Whole home surge protector installation ensures your furnace, heat pump, or ductless system is ready for any disaster, especially when guests are visiting during the busy holiday season.
What Is a Power Surge?
A power surge is a quick, fleeting spike in electric voltage passing through an electrical line. Any appliance plugged into the electrical current source will be zapped by the voltage.
Furnaces and household appliances can’t handle the extra voltage. The damage done to heating system components might not be noticeable at first. Homeowners notice when the damage extends past their HVAC system and into their home when the furnace starts again.
What Causes Power Surges?
There are four common sources of a power surge:
- Lightning strikes – according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, only about five percent of power surges are caused by lightning
- Power company surges
- Transformer failure
- Electrical equipment inside the home — Appliances, air-conditioners, and even the furnace inside the house can cause low voltage surges.
How Do Surges Affect A Furnace?
Most power surges are of a low voltage nature so initial damage to the furnace will be minimal. However, over time, continued surges cause damage to the furnace.
Electronic rust is the decay or weakening of electronic mechanisms due to the collective effect of low-level energy surges. A large power surge such as a lightning strike or a knocked-out transformer can cause major damage to the furnace or even destroy it.
Schedule service with Estes Services if you suspect damage to your furnace from a power outage immediately!
How Do Whole Home Surge Protectors Work?
Whole home surge protectors are typically hard-wired to the home’s service panel. They defend the home’s appliances, electronics, and furnace against sudden jolts of electricity.
Just like point-of-use surge protectors used for electronics, a whole home surge protector switches off the electricity at the main box before it ever gets to the homeowner’s electrical items.
The whole home surge protector guards the home against outside electrical surges such as lightning and transformer breaks.
It also protects the home from low voltage surges from inside the home, such as every time the air conditioner or furnace engage. For other tips about protecting your home and checking into whole home surge protectors, contact Estes Services in greater Atlanta. We serve communities such as Virginia Highland, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Kennesaw and Fayetteville.