Surge Protectors And HVAC: What You Need To Know

Modern electrical devices come with printed circuit boards which makes them more vulnerable to power surges. As technology advances, more devices are becoming more energy efficient and come with a longer lifespan. However, in order for your device to serve you for an extended period of time, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance checks and protect them from power surges. HVAC systems are one of the many devices using printed circuit boards and will therefore be affected by lighting or excess electrical current from a damaged power grid. In order to protect your unit from harm, you’d be better off investing in HVAC surge protectors.

A few years ago, HVAC systems came with very few electronic components. This meant that they were less likely to get damaged by power surges. And when there was damage, it was easier to determine the severity of the problem. Modern systems are manufactured differently and there is no way of telling how badly a power surge will damage your unit.

In some cases, surges will immediately damage your unit, rendering it useless on the spot. When this happens, you might be forced to replace the entire system due to irreparable damage. This will of course be a huge loss since replacing the HVAC system will cost you a lot of money.

In other cases, your HVAC system might continue working even after a surge. This however doesn’t mean that everything is fine. As time goes by, the damage will get worse and reduce the unit’s lifespan.


What Can you do to Protect your HVAC System?

While you won’t be able to stop surges, you can always take precautions and protect your devices. One way to go about this is to install whole-house surge protectors. Whole-house surge protectors will prevent excess current from entering your home from the main breaker box. The best part about using this is the fact that you don’t require surge protectors on every outlet.

You may also opt to go for individual surge protectors placed at every outlet in your house. These will be used on every outlet that has an electronic device plugged in. Follow us for more great articles on heating, air conditioning and home needs

Are Changes In HVAC Efficiency Standards Going To Change Soon?

Many people have heard about the proposed changes in the HVAC efficiency standards that the Department of Energy had worked to establish back in 2009. Unfortunately, while higher HVAC efficiency is something that many people want, the expected raise in AFUE from 78 to 90 required far more than many people were able to handle and a court order delayed implementation of the higher standards that were due to take effect in 2013.

With the goal of implementing heating standards for HVAC equipment to have an AFUE of 90, the only type of equipment capable of delivering this level of energy efficiency is a condensing furnace. Condensing furnaces offer exceptional energy efficiency; however, because of their design, they also require a completely different type of ventilation than traditional combustible HVAC equipment. This means homes would need to be retrofitted to accept the specific requirements of a condensing furnace and these modifications would be difficult and expensive, making them beyond the reach of many homeowners.

A condensing furnace gains increased efficiency due to its ability to utilize the vapor from hot water that is created during operation of a combustible heating system. This hot water vapor is condensed and drained into the plumbing system of the home. Rather than allowing the hot water vapor to escape up the chimney, wasting this valuable heating source, the condensing furnace is able to make use of it; however, this type of furnace also requires its own venting system.

For many homeowners, especially those in attached homes, retrofitting a condensing furnace to fit their home can be cost-prohibitive. The HVAC industry argued that the high cost of implementing the higher HVAC efficiency standards could financially harm some homeowners and, at least for now, the matter is stuck in the court system. Obviously, when the time comes to purchase new heating equipment, choosing equipment with high efficiency certainly makes sense, both from an environmental prospective as well as a budget sense. The higher the efficiency of your home’s heating equipment, the less energy and money you will waste in heating your home.

If you would like more information regarding efficient methods of heating your home or you need HVAC repairs, maintenance or service, contact a leading HVAC contractor for a quality solution.