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You Will Get a Charge Out of This One…Lightning and You

9 Jul

Lightning can cause damage in more ways than you may think.  You and your home are at risk.

We are in the midst of Southwest Florida’s 5 month rainy season which lasts from June to October.

It seems like almost daily we experience an afternoon thunderstorm and those bolts of lightning sometimes rival the fourth of July fireworks.

According to Wikipedia, lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge during an electrical storm between electrically charged regions of a cloud, between that cloud and another cloud, or between a cloud and the ground.

The charged regions in the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through this discharge referred to as a strike if it hits an object on the ground, and a flash, if it occurs within a cloud. Lightning causes light in the form of plasma, and sound in the form of thunder.

Lightning may be seen and not heard when it occurs at a distance too great for the sound to carry as far as the light from the strike or flash.

Here are some tips for staying safe during a lightning/thunder storm:

  • Never take a shower or bath or wash dishes during a thunder storm as plumbing is a conductor for electricity and if you are in contact with water and lightning strikes your home or nearby, the electricity could pass through the plumbing to you and that could be very dangerous.
  • If you are stuck outside when a thunderstorm hits, find shelter in a safe place like your car or in a building. Never stand under a tree and stay away from fences and power lines.
  • Stay off of your computer and corded phone until after the storm passes. If you want to use your computer, make sure it is unplugged and running on battery power.
  • If you have a dog outside in a dog house, bring the dog inside as a dog house is not safe during a thunder storm.
  • Do not raise an umbrella, golf club or fishing pole over your head as they act as natural lightning rods.

Florida displays some of the most lethal weather and new research has now pinpointed the exact location that sees the most strikes in the country, and it’s in Southwest Florida.

One thing you can do to help avoid costly damage to your home from lightning is to have a surge protector installed on your air conditioning unit as it will protect your a/c unit against power surges. Lightning is a common cause of a power surge but power surges can also come from inside your home.

Anytime the flow of electricity is interrupted then starts again or when electricity is sent back to the system there is a power surge. Anything that runs on electric in your home can be affected.

RDS Air Conditioning will install a surge protector on your a/c unit to protect it from damaging power surges. Also, if your current a/c unit is in need of repair, maintenance or if you need a new a/c unit installed in your home or business, RDS Air Conditioning is standing by to help.

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Lightning safety source: NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Do You Know What Happens if Lightning Strikes Anywhere Near Your A/C Unit?

25 Sep
lightning and your a/c unit

Florida is well known for its lightning storms. Is your a/c unit protected?

Living in Florida is great as we have the perfect weather in fall and winter, summers are hot but many people are a close drive to the beach and you can always find a pool to “cool off” in.

Another thing that goes along with living in a tropical climate is storms. Florida is well known for having rain storms with lots of thunder and lightning.

Last year in Southwest Florida there were over 330,000 lightning strikes. Lightning as it streaks across the sky can be exciting to watch but lightning can also cause damage to electronics, appliances and even to your air conditioner.

A power surge can damage your a/c unit’s compressor, burn wires and fry the fan motor. A lightning strike does not have to hit your a/c unit directly to cause damage. A nearby lightning strike can damage your a/c unit.

Often, in cooler winter weather people in Southwest Florida will turn their a/c unit off and open the slider or windows to enjoy the cooler air. When lightning damages an air conditioner during this time, the owner may not find out there is a problem for a few weeks if they have not been running their a/c unit.

A good way to prevent power surge damage to your a/c unit that can be costly to repair is to have a surge protector installed on your air conditioner. A surge protector will protect your a/c unit from power surges during a storm.

Many people have a busy life and having a surge protector installed now will give you peace of mind as it will be one less thing you have to think about when a storm hits and creates a power surge.

Call RDS Air Conditioning to have a surge protector installed to protect your air conditioner from power surges.

If you haven’t had your a/c unit checked in awhile, RDS Air Conditioning has an affordable maintenance package to get your air conditioner tuned up and ready for the season.

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