Most people look forward to rising outdoor temperatures and fun in the sun during the spring and summer months. Rising temperatures outside also create uncomfortable heat inside. Along with seemingly ever-present heat and humidity, warm weather months also correlate with an increase in energy consumption to cool homes, offices, and other inhabited spaces. This increase in energy consumption increases the likelihood of a “brown out” or a decrease in voltage in an area’s power supply system.
Brown Outs Can Be Costly
A partial power outage or temporary dimming of the lights often seems like an innocent and inevitable part of utilizing electrical energy. In fact, most households are unaware that a brown out may cause damage to expensive electronics and appliances in their homes. Central air conditioning units, televisions, and computers are among the big-ticket items that are at risk of being destroyed in a brown out. Apart from destroying appliances, a brown out may also damage lighting fixtures.
Protecting Your Home Against a Brown Out
No one wants to allow an air conditioner, light fixture, or television to be damaged. Fortunately, there are a few steps households can take to avoid damage to their property during a brown out:
- Limiting the use of large electrical appliances, such as washers, dryers, and air conditioners to off-peak hours
- Turning electrical appliances on just prior to using them
- Turning appliances off immediately after use
- Checking electrical circuits and outlets for damage and corrosion
- Installing a brown out contractor
Trust the HVAC Professionals at McGowan’s Heating and Air Conditioning
Individuals in the Jacksonville area should contact McGowan’s to have their homes inspected by a license technician who can provide additional support in protecting the home against a brown out. Our technicians can install a brown out contractor to keep your home protected.
From heating and air conditioning repair and maintenance to duct cleaning and attic insulation, McGowan’s Heating and Air Conditioning is a one-stop-shop for residential and commercial HVAC servicing. Call us to learn more about our comprehensive heating and cooling service offerings and to schedule your appointment.