To an HVAC unit, air flow is everything

It seems as though I could do better about paying attention to the heating and cooling in my house.

  • Well really, it’s more than cooling than it is the heating.

In fact, I think I’ve heard the heat pump come on for heating maybe a half dozen times all winter. Now that it’s late February, I don’t imagine I’ll hear the heat pump come on for heating again. In this region, spring comes early and the temperatures rise. For my husband, it’s a sad time because he loves the mild temperatures in the winter. He’s from up north and is accustomed to winters that require a gas furnace to survive. When he moved down here, he fell in love with the weather eight months of the year. But he is chased inside all day during the summer months. That’s not the case for me. While it can wear me down a bit, I love being outside in the garden during the summer. Yet, I also have to be far more careful about gardening around the HVAC equipment alongside the house. I nearly choked out the heat pump last summer. I think I was getting a bit too hot as I was not paying close attention to what I was doing. Somehow, it seemed like the right idea to throw the tarp I had to toss stuff on as I was weeding the flower beds out there. I just wanted it to dry off in the sun while I went in for lunch. I didn’t even think about the air flow restriction this would cause. Fortunately, my husband saw what I was doing and stopped me before I completely choked out the HVAC equipment.

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