As the height of storm season approaches, it’s time to start thinking about protecting your home from power surges.
Most people know to turn off their computers during a lightning storm. You may be surprised to learn that power surges harm air conditioners as well.
The safest thing to do when a storm starts up is to shut off your system. Not hard, right?
The problem is lots of people forget about the AC unit, or they’re not home to take care of it.
What’s the solution?
A smart thermostat that lets you control your system from anywhere. Read on to find out about this new technology.
Will A Lightning Storm Really Hurt My Unit?
A weak surge may only damage the capacitor which is a fairly inexpensive fix. The problem is when it’s not fixed immediately. Left unattended, the broken capacitor will eventually damage the compressor, and that’s much more expensive.
A stronger surge can burn wires and fry the compressor leaving your A/C unit worthless. The good news is many insurance companies will cover damage sustained from lightning storms and power surges. However, you need to prove that the power surge during a storm caused the damage.
If you find yourself needing to prove a lightning storm ruined your A/C unit, check other electronics to see if all sustained damage. Your air conditioner is probably one of the least sensitive electronics in your home so if a power surge is the culprit, it will have harmed smaller electronics as well as your A/C.
The Simplest Way to Prevent Damage from Power Surges
The best way to deal with the hazards of power surges is to prevent damage in the first place. Protect your A/C (and all electronics) by power them off during lightning storms.
The problem usually happens when you leave home. Most likely, you’ll unplug your laptop, iPad, and phone before you leave the house. Who leaves those plugged in all the time anyway?
Most people don’t think about the A/C unit.
A programmable thermostat might save you because it could turn off the A/C at the right time by coincidence. That’s putting a lot of faith in coincidence with a rather large appliance at stake.
A More Reliable Option
Install a smart thermostat. You’ll find quite a few varieties of smart thermostats on the market today. Some operate by learning from your behavior and responding accordingly so you don’t have to program them.
Other models are connected to the internet so you can program and control them remotely. If you can’t decide between the two, you can find models that offer both features.
The benefit of having your smart thermostat connected to the internet is you can manage it from your phone.
Did you leave for vacation and forget to change the setting on your A/C unit?
At work when it starts raining heavily?
No problem. Press a few buttons on your phone to power off the A/C unit so you don’t have to worry about it.
With all these features you may be wondering why anyone would choose not to have a smart thermostat?
As might be expected, a smart thermostat is more expensive than a regular thermostat. You may have to hire a professional to install the thermostat which could add to the expense.
The cost up front may be higher, but the investment pays for itself when you don’t have to call one of our guys to fix your broken A/C unit after a power surge. Not to mention the energy savings from being able to control the temperature of your home from anywhere!
Want to protect your A/C unit from storm surges? Get in touch with our team to talk about upgrading to a smart thermostat.