Surge Protection

Surge Protector

Surge protection can help prevent damage to small and large electrical appliances in your home.

Although the rainy season is behind us, we hope, we still have some storms rolling in and the threat of tropical weather for another month or two. It is still a good time to talk about surge protection. The photo with this article is of a surge protection device that did its job. You may or may not be surprised by this, but the number one cause of downtime for your central cooling system is not refrigerant related. The most common cause is actually electrical with the average home experiencing over 300 surges per year.

For those of us who live on Sanibel, we know that it’s a constant battle for the power company to keep the grid in good working order. Many major home appliances, including our air conditioners, rely more on solid state electronics to operate than ever before. While the luxury of it all might be very convenient, it still comes with a price. These controls are also more susceptible to power fluctuations than ever before.  So to reference the title, the way to protect your expensive investment is to use surge protection.

Surge protection can be achieved through many different ways. You can buy those little surge protection strips for your pluggable appliances at most stores, they will do a marginal job. However, for the larger stuff such as your air conditioner, you would want an electrician install an inline surge protection system. If you really like the idea, you can even take this one step further and have a surge protection system installed for your entire house. That will cover all the circuits in your home.

As you may already know, I like talking about saving money. Surge protection is an additional cost of course, but spending some money now can definitely save you from spending significantly more later. Consider it as an investment and insurance all in one.

As always, thanks for reading,


Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also have an electrical division. Bryan can be reached at