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

9 Jul
lightning

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.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713. Don’t Settle For Less Use RDS!

Lightning safety source: NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Is Your A/c Unit Protected Against Power Surges?

21 Sep
a/c surge protector

You protect your computer, television and many other electrical appliances in your home but are you leaving something out?

Many people do not think twice about adding a power strip surge protector to their home to protect computers, televisions or many other electronic devices.

Most of these items cost well under $3,000 but an expensive item in your home that is not often protected against power surges is your air conditioning unit.

Basically, a power surge is a spike in the electrical current in your home. Although it is very brief (1/1000 of a second), it can still cause damage to anything in your home that runs on electricity.

Most power surges are caused by lightning but they can also be attributed to faulty wiring or appliances (dishwasher or refridgerator).

Appliances use a lot of energy to start up and shut down which can interrupt your home’s steady electrical flow.

Power surges can degrade the wiring and components in your a/c unit, cause a/c interruptions plus damage and reduce the life of your air conditioning system.

An easy thing that you can do to protect your air conditioner from power surges is to have a surge protector installed on your a/c unit.

A surge protector works by shunting the voltage to ground. A good ground is imperative. Also, it must be installed properly. It is important to have an HVAC contractor install your a/c unit’s surge protector to make sure it is installed properly for correct operation.

Florida has about 1.4 million lightening strikes per year so there are many opportunities for power surges.

Contact RDS Air Conditioning to have a surge protector professionally installed on your a/c unit to protect it against power surges. RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor. Lic. #CAC1816713.

Don’t settle for less, Use RDS!