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  1. #1
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    Protective Cover for Exhaust Fan on Heat Pump

    Doe anyone know of something which can be set on top of a heat pump which will not obstruct the air, but protect the fan from ice and snow? (And, why don't the manufacturers consider this in making the unit?) We had a recent ice storm in Oklahoma City which was really hard on trees, etc. and I'm sure did the fans on heat pumps no good. Is there any manufactured item that would help in this type weather?

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    To not hinder the heat pump, it would have to be more then 5' above the HP.
    Trane has some units that have a top to them, and discharge throuogh the side. But they are designed that way.
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    don't do it. it will lead to reduced capacity and effciency.
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    Thanks for responses - I just ordered a replacement heat pump which, unlike my old unit, has a hole in the top where the fan is located.

    http://www.trane.com/Residential/Pro...PHP_XR13h.aspx

    What I am questioning is protecting this hole with regard to snow and ice. Thanks.

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