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How to Protect Your HVAC from Storms

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There are many ways to prepare for rain besides sporting an umbrella and rubber boots. Debris, flooding, and lightning could all do some serious damage to your home, so it’s important to protect your HVAC system. Before the storm unleashes its rain of terror, take the necessary precautions to safeguard the investment you’ve made in your home’s heating and cooling system. Debris During a storm, debris like fallen leaves and shingles, pine cones and needles, and twigs and branches can get stuck in your air conditioner and ruin the motor. Invest in a cover to protect equipment from ice and windblown debris. You could also use plywood or a tarp with safety straps. Just make sure to remove the cover before you turn the cooling system back on after a storm. Flooding Electrical and refrigeration connectors, couplings, and fittings can become disconnected during a storm and damaged by water. Wires between the outoor unit and home could short out if they are frayed and exposed to the elements, causing electrical damage. Blown fuses, burnt capacitors, and fried compressors are expensive to repair and replace. Make sure your HVAC units have been installed above flood level on an elevated platform with at least three feet of clearance. Nearby gutter downspouts should be pointed away […]

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How to Choose an HVAC Contractor

When it comes to choosing an HVAC contractor, you should be as fussy as your child is when you try to persuade them to eat their greens. Your health, energy bill, comfort, and home upkeep depend on it. Learn how to choose an HVAC contractor with this simple checklist: Initial evaluation Potential contractors should offer a thorough home evaluation to determine the best heating and cooling solution. There are many factors that could affect the amount of work you need done and the price they’ll end up charging. An HVAC contractor should come to your home to measure it, check to see what kind of insulation you have, and inspect the duct system for leaks or loose segments. If they try to give you an estimate over the phone before they’ve been out to see your home in person, hang up and look elsewhere. Licensing and experience Your HVAC system uses some of the most expensive equipment in your home. You’ll want to make sure you hire a contractor who is educated, certified, and experienced in how electrical wiring, refrigerant, combustion systems, and airflow through heating ducts work. In Minnesota, mechanical contractors must have a bond filed and approved by the Department of Labor and Industry and be licensed according to local requirements. […]

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