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Flooding Considerations for Jersey Shore Homes HVAC

As seasonal flooding has become a more common occurrence for Jersey Shore homes,
HVAC has become a greater focus in terms of making sure their units are safe. While
flood-prone areas are always a consideration a broken water main can also lead to
flooding near the home and the HVAC. If you’re planning a new HVAC unit, it’s an ideal
time to consider measures to protect it from water damage.

Higher Concrete Base
While HVAC units all require a concrete base for stability and support, they are most
often flush with the ground or a few inches higher. Installing a higher concrete base can
provide additional protection for the HVAC unit. Historic flood levels will need to be
taken into consideration by the contractor, but the base can conceivably be several feet
tall if local building codes allow. A contractor will need to survey the area to determine
the most functional height for the base and pour new concrete into a form.

Relocate the HVAC Unit
Since most HVAC units are at ground level or in basements, strategically moving it to
the attic or the roof if codes allow can be another method for ensuring its safety from
flood waters. No matter where the unit is relocated, it will require moving and redesign
some of the ductwork, drainage pipes and electrical wiring.

Build a Wall
The Jersey Shore is no stranger to building walls to repel flood waters in low lying
areas, and it’s a viable possibility for HVAC when you don’t have the room to move the
unit to a safer place. Having the contractor build a wall around the unit can be the
answer to water ingress. Historic flood levels will need to be reviewed to determine the
wall’s height and ensuring enough space for service inside the enclosure and access
point convenience will also need to be considered.

When to Make the Move
Since moving your Jersey Shore homes HVAC is very expensive, it can be a good idea
to time the move with the replacement cycle for a new model. Moving the HVAC unit to
a safer location is an expensive endeavor. When your Joe Hurley specialist arrives to
begin the inspection and design process, they can factor in the move, a wall or a higher
pedestal in the overall system design. All of these things will affect electrical and duct
work to some degree. This enables you to protect the HVAC unit while lowering your
energy bills at the same time.

Since this heavy appliance cannot be easily moved in an emergency; protecting the
HVAC unit requires extensive planning and help from a qualified contractor. Joe Hurley
HVAC specialists understand how to work with your contractor to ensure that all
considerations are taken into account. Our experience with all types of design
considerations enables us to help make design plans that will keep costs as low as
possible while never compromising efficiency comfort and safety.

Your Joe Hurley furnace contractor works with you to determine how you live as well as
the assessment of your home environment to meet your HVAC needs. That includes
providing detailed information such as in this blog post about how best to protect your
HVAC system. Discussing this information with your HVAC specialists enables them to
help you make the best decision about the best course of action for placement that
meets your family’s needs and budget. if you live in Ocean, Monmouth or Mercer
County, call Joe Hurley today at 732.660.1600.