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HVAC Fire Prevention & You!

HVAC fire prevention

HVAC fire prevention is something you should pay attention to. Yes, modern heat pumps and air conditioners are safer than they’ve ever been, but they’re not the main culprit. There is a far more nefarious agent at play that can lead to a disaster like your house burning down. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.

HVAC Fire Prevention

Do you know what heating and air system is most likely to burn your house down without a second thought? It’s the entirely too common space heater. Space heaters cause more fires than anything else. An air-source heat pump or conventional furnace is about a billion times safer than a space heater. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but they’re a lot safer.

In short, the number one thing you can do for HVAC fire prevention is to avoid using a space heater. Just don’t do it.

I do realize that answer might be a bit unsatisfying for some of you.

How to Safely Use a Space Heater if You Absolutely Must

First, make sure you keep plenty of open ‘space’ around the space heater. Three-feet or more is a good rule of thumb. Dropping flammable objects like books, newspapers (do people still read these?), magazines, or whatever within that three-foot safe zone is a bad idea. It’s a bad idea, because flammable things tend to catch on fire.

Second, never ever use a space heater with an extension cord. Yes, they can be convenient. Yes, they can allow you to stay warm even on the other side of a room. Yes, they may burst into flame without a moment’s notice. Trust me, extension cords and space heaters are a bad idea.

Third, do not put a space heater on any surface where it might tip over. A space heater that has fallen over is a space heater about to burst into home-consuming flames. You want flat, stable surfaces and ONLY flat, stable surfaces. Everything else is wrong and bad and explosive.

Fourth, shut off the space heater before you go to sleep. Are you worried you’ll get cold at night? That is why humanity invented blankets and dogs. Both of those things will keep you way safer and warmer than a space heater running while you sleep.

Remember, HVAC Fire Prevention is Space Heater Fire Prevention

Safety is not very hard folks. Keep the area clear, avoid extension cords, mount the space heater on a stable surface, and don’t run it while you sleep. If you do those four things, you will be an HVAC fire prevention master. Plus, you’ll keep your house from burning down.

Which is nice.

Eradicate Winter Snow Using 3 Simple Rules!!!

Eradicate snow instantly.

Snow is awesome in December. It’s now so awesome in February. If you want to eradicate snow, I am here to help. If you don’t, maybe this is more your speed, but don’t come crying to me when dark sorcery brings the snowman to life to feed upon the flesh of the living.


I bet you think because this is the MrCool blog that I’m going to tell you a MrCool ductless mini-split heat pump will eradicate snow don’t you? Well, you would be wrong. Yes, a MrCool ductless mini-split heat pump like the DIY, the Oasis, or the Premier is a great way to stay warm in cold weather, but it can’t eradicate snow. It’s not designed to anyway. I guess if you set it up outside it would eventually melt the snow around your house, but that would take ages.

Fortunately for you I have an even better idea.

Tools to Eradicate and Destroy Snow

First! It is important to clearly delineate the snow are you want to ‘reduce’. You don’t want to get too far out of bounds when it comes to aggressive snow elimination. After all, your neighbors aren’t paying you to clear their lawns, so make sure you don’t. If they want to pony up some cash for your hard work, fine. Otherwise, they can stay shrouded in winter’s manifest misery.

Second, be sure you inform the proper authorities that you’re going to engaging in some healthy snow destruction. The best methods used to eradicate frozen condensate may…alarm some observers. No one wants that, so get ahead of the issue with a quick phone call to the city council, local media, and/or state and county law enforcement.

Third, buy a flamethrower from the international arms market and fill it with jellied gasoline. And…well, you know what? I bet you can figure it out from there. I would explain further, but the company attorney just had a seizure when I told him what I was writing. Good luck on getting rid of your snow. Also, buy a heat pump.

Snow, Snow, Snow and Why It Is Bad


Snow. It’s everywhere in winter. Unless you’re one of those lucky souls who live in a particularly southern clime, and you don’t get much. Of course, when you do get anything, your world ends. Remember the last time it snowed in Atlanta? They got zombies from snow. Yeah, sounds weird, but I watched a documentary about it on AMC.


The point I’m trying to make is that snow, while bad, is just a symptom. The real disease is winter and cold. These are bad things. Which is why we all have heaters and furnaces and cats and stockings and other things to not be cold. There’s a whole industry around not being cold, and, you know, I’m pretty happy about that. If humans liked being cold, a MrCool ductless mini-split heat pump would not be as useful. It would be crazy efficient in winter though. Of course, you could also just open and door and let the snow in too.

I’m getting off track. What I want to talk about is the heating capacity of one of our awesome anti-snow heat pumps.

You see a heat pump is like an air conditioner, but it doesn’t just do one thing. You use an air conditioner in summer, and that’s it. A heat pump can do more. As the name implies, it can generate heat, and that is great. You got one one unit in your house that you use in summer and winter. It would be sort of like if your toaster oven could make ice. Wait, that’s a really good idea. I need to talk to some engineers about that one.

But until my toaster-ice machine is on the market, you should check out MrCool.com to learn more about my amazing ductless mini-split heat pumps. They heat, they cool, they dehumidify, they’re great. Don’t just take my word for it. On MrCool.com, you can read everything my marketing professionals have to say about MrCool products. And you can trust them, because they’re honest.

They told me they were, and I believe them. Remember, snow is bad and MrCool heat pumps are good.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Heating & Air

Got heating?

To ensure you experience Valentine’s Day as romantically as possible, you need to make sure your house, apartment, condominium, timeshare, orbital habitat, and/or woodland hovel has effective winter heating. Why? Because February can get as cold as the reindeer crap frozen on Santa’s sleigh. I mean think about it. Those deer have got to poop at least once on Christmas Eve, and chances are it’s going to all splatter backward if you take my meaning. I bet the elves have to chip it off with hammers the next morning.

I digress.

What I’m saying is you have got to be prepared with ample heating resources on Valentine’s Day to ensure things “heat” up. If you take my meaning, which you might not, because I’m using innuendo. I’m told innuendo is like saying, “I’m hungry,” when you’re really only kind of hungry, but who doesn’t love chips and salsa anyway? I think. To be perfectly honest, I was not listening when my secretary explained innuendo this morning.

But back to heating on Valentine’s Day. Are you prepared?

No? Well, good job on waiting until just about the last minute there, Detective Kojak. You’ve just about got enough time to head to MrCool.com, check out our awesome line of ductless mini-split heat pumps, order one, and, maybe, it will get to you by Valentine’s Day. If it does, then you’re going to get awesome heating for your special, lovey dovey holiday. If it doesn’t, you’re probably going to freeze to death, because science.

So, what are you waiting for? An engraved invitation?!! Because, in all seriousness, if that’s what it takes for you to buy a ductless mini-split heat pump from me, we can do that. I have an engraver and everything. His names’s Terry, and he spends most of his time in Sales. Really great guy.

Twit Twittering on the Twitter Thing-Place

When my Director of Marketing, Lisa, told me about Twittering I first thought she was talking about something you do with your thumbs when you’re bored. I was really confused when she told me I should be Twittering on a regular basis, but I told her I would. After spending a few hours Twittering in my office, my thumbs were really tired. Not seeing the point of all this, I asked her to clarify what she meant. She did.

I’m not too sure I was entirely wrong about what I thought Twittering was. I’ve been browsing the Twitter page, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people making these ‘Tweets’ are just bored. Why would I care what you just ate for lunch? I too love the McRib, but I’m not sure why you had to tell me about it, Larry from Vancouver.

Still, Lisa insisted, so I have started the MrCool Twitter feed. I’m going to promote the MrCool ductless mini-split heat pump, but I’m also going to share my copious wisdom with you, the Internet. I’m not going to share any cat photos, because I’m pretty sure you, Internet, already have enough of those.

I know you are interested in hearing my wisdom on a more regular basis, so check out the MrCool Twitter feed. Check me out at @MRCOOLcomfort. I promise I’ll probably change your life when I get bored.

13 is the Unluckiest Number

13 is an unlucky number, or so people have said for as long as I’ve been alive. I’m not sure why 13 is unlucky, but, supposedly, it is. Many buildings omit the 13th floor on their elevators, and a lot of people take special care on the 13th day of the month, particularly if its a Friday.

This is my 13th MrCool blog post. I’m not sure if 13 is unlucky in blogs or not, but I’m going to be especially careful to make sure I don’t get cursed by a witch or something.

So, what am I going to talk to you about in this blog? Nothing dangerous, that’s for sure. I do want to reiterate that MrCool ductless mini-split heat pumps are some of the best systems on the market when it comes to delivering high quality heating and cooling air comfort. Aside, from that, which seems pretty safe to say, I’m not sure how much else I’m willing to risk.

I definitely shouldn’t talk about serial killers, werewolves, unholy horses, Frankenstein’s monster, aliens, Grandpa’s haunted rocking chair, that weird old lady across the street who may or may not be a sorceress, or the infamous Nightmare Llama of Flint, Michigan.

So, I won’t.

Why MrCool Does What He Does

Judging by your Internet browser searches, you’ve got a lot of unanswered questions. One of those questions is probably why did I, Magnus Bruce Cool, found the MrCool company to deliver high quality heating and cooling systems around the world?

It’s a very good question, and your curiosity is only natural. I’m pretty curious myself. I wonder a lot of things. Why are rabbits fuzzy? How far is it from Anchorage to Miami? What is the meaning of life? Where do babies come from?

Some of those questions just don’t have answers. I still have no idea how my children got here. I assume my wife stole them from the hospital, but I haven’t decided whether or not I should notify the authorities. It wouldn’t really answer my question either. Where the heck do the hospitals get the babies?

But, back to the important question. Why did I found the MrCool company? I got tired of the underperforming ductless mini-split systems crowding the market. I knew I could do it better than they could. And by me I mean the engineers and scientists I had the money to hire.

That was money well spent, because the latest line of MrCool ductless mini-split heat pumps are, in my highly educated opinion, the best ductless units on the market.

There you go, one question answered. Now, if you happen to know how hospitals build babies or, just as importantly, how rabbits are fuzzy, send me an email and tell me. I’d really like to know.

All Season Air Comfort

A lot of people have an air conditioner to keep them cool in the summer, and they have a furnace or boiler to keep them warm in winter. In spring and fall, they use one or the other depending on what the weather is like outside. Wouldn’t it be easier if you had a single HVAC system that could deliver great air comfort in every single season?

What an interestingly leading question.

Fortunately for you, a MrCool ductless mini-split can both heat and cool, because, at it’s core, it’s a heat pump. Heat pumps work exactly like modern air conditioners, except a heat pump can reverse its operating cycle to heat whenever you need it. Air conditioners can’t do that. No matter how nicely you ask your air conditioner, it won’t run backwards to heat the house.

I know, I tried.

So, if you’re interested in simplifying your home HVAC system and improving air comfort, you want a MrCool ductless mini-split heat pump. It will keep you cool in summer heat, and warm you up in winter chill. For fall and spring? Well, of course, a MrCool works just as well in those mixed-up seasons as it does in summer and winter.

Finally, you can get some air comfort simplicity in your complicated modern life. If you want to thank me personally, I accept cards, flowers, and chocolate treats.