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With the summer season in full swing, you’re most likely going to be using your air conditioning unit more than ever. As such, it’s important to ensure that your home’s indoor air quality is at healthy levels while conducting routine HVAC maintenance procedures. When you decide to crank up your AC unit as the temperature rises, you also increase the risk of a power surge. In this post, AC & Refrigeration Works, the leading HVAC contractor in your area, shares how summer power surges affect your HVAC system, along with how you can protect your unit.

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What Causes Power Surges?

Most homeowners know that power surges occur after a lightning strike. While this is the most common and famous cause, it’s not the only one. Other causes include collapsed power lines, grid malfunctions and heightened demand for electricity from using home appliances. Thankfully, there are actions you can take to protect your HVAC system from power surges.

Use a Surge Protector

HVAC contractors recommend installing a surge protector, especially if you often have multiple appliances running at once. These are small devices that resemble power adapters that are plugged into your power outlet and an appliance or power strip. Some power strips come with built-in surge protection and are commonly used with devices such as laptops and phone chargers. It’s a good idea to invest in these kinds of power strips to protect yourself and your appliances.

Limit Your Use of Grid-Based Power

You can reduce the chances of summer power surges occurring by reducing your reliance on appliances or looking into energy-efficient solutions that you can handle on your own. It’s also a good investment to install solar panel systems to save energy and harness the power of sunlight for your home’s consumption. A few actions that you can take to make up for the lack of cooling is opening your windows, closing your curtains to reduce solar gain and  planning your cooking times accordingly, 

When it comes to quality heating and air conditioning repair or maintenance, look no further than AC & Refrigeration Works. We’ll make sure your home remains comfortable and energy efficient this summer with our top-tier HVAC solutions. We serve McAllen, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (956) 255-7227 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.