A thriving residential condominium market is a part of the South Florida landscape with beachfront and riverside properties dotting the Miami and Palm Beach skylines. There are many factors a condominium buyer has to consider: adhering to condo association bylaws, dealing with a property management company, and the appropriate type of surge protection for your unit. In this article, we’ll discuss public utility services and surge protection options for South Florida condominium owners.
For a state that has the highest incidents of lightning strikes, property owners are encouraged to install surge protectors. A strike can cause a transient voltage surge, which can damage appliances and devices in the home. A certified, licensed technician can install a surge protector at your meter or an outlet-based surge protector (commonly referred to as an APC) inside your unit. A metered surge protector is normally installed at the electric panel (depending on the type of electrical system your building is equipped with). APCs can be installed directly into an outlet to connect to electronics you use daily such as computers, for charging cell phones, and for flat screen TVs.
There are surge protection programs offered by public utilities, which vary by state. For Florida residents it’s recommended to do some additional research by referring to My Florida Home Energy to determine what programs and incentives may be available to you. The cost of these services may not be warranted given other surge protection options available to consumers within the region.
Condo and homeowner associations exist within planned communities and have a governing body called a Homeowners Association (HOA) or Condominium Owners Association (COA). The for-profit entity is called a Property Management Company (PMC). These organizations manage and regulate properties in subdivisions and residential condos. For example, COAs and PMCs coordinate the maintenance and operation of the building and grounds, in addition to amenities such as gyms, pools, and laundry facilities.
As a condominium owner you’re responsible for the maintenance fees paid to your COA or PMC to support the operation and staffing of your building as a whole. It’s important to review your condo contract and terms related to electrical surge protection. COAs and PMCs operate differently in different municipalities, so discern your agreement carefully to understand what is covered and what the guidelines may be. It’s recommended to consult your COA or PMC contract before having a technician install a metered surge protector for your unit.
Once you’re clear as to what type of surge protection is covered or permitted, you’re ready to take the next step and contact a licensed technician. Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric is family owned and operated and have been servicing South Florida since 1983. They are a Florida state certified company and are here to assist you in the process, based on what your needs are and the type of condominium you own. – we are available Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm and Sunday, 8am – 5pm.
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