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Get ready to tackle the unpredictable Georgia spring with our expert advice on safeguarding your HVAC system during storms. Plus, enjoy a tasty recipe for General Tso Chicken and fried rice to add some comfort to storm preparations. Don’t miss out on these essential tips and delicious eats!

As the blossoms bloom and the birds chirp, spring brings with it a medley of delightful moments. However, it also heralds the onset of unpredictable weather patterns, especially here in Georgia. At Atlanta Air Authority, we understand the importance of staying prepared and ensuring your HVAC system is ready to weather any storm. Here are some crucial tips to help you navigate the sometimes tempestuous spring weather with ease:

  1. Stay Informed: Keep abreast of weather forecasts and alerts issued by local authorities. Stay tuned to trusted sources for updates on severe weather warnings.
  2. Inspect Your HVAC System: Before spring storms hit, conduct a thorough inspection of your HVAC system. Check for any signs of damage or wear and tear, and address any issues promptly.
  3. Secure Outdoor Units: Strong winds and hail can wreak havoc on outdoor HVAC units. Secure them properly to prevent damage. Consider investing in protective covers or shelters to shield them from the elements. Just not too close, the systems have to breathe so leave 1 to 2 feet of space on the sides and 3 to 4 feet of space above the unit with plenty of ventilation, the hot air needs to escape the unit. Do not leave any covers on the system while they are operating.
  4. Trim Trees and Branches: Trim any overhanging branches or trees near your HVAC unit to minimize the risk of debris falling onto it during storms.
  5. Protect Indoor Components: Install surge protectors to safeguard your HVAC system from power surges caused by lightning strikes. Consider investing in a backup generator to ensure uninterrupted power supply during outages.
  6. Maintain Gutters and Drains: Keep gutters and drains clear of debris to prevent water from pooling around your home’s foundation, which could lead to flooding and water damage.
  7. Create an Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies, including flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and non-perishable food items, in case of power outages or evacuation.

While you’re bracing for spring storms, why not indulge in a comforting meal to lift your spirits? Try our delectable recipe for General Tso Chicken paired with flavorful fried rice:

General Tso Chicken:

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
    • 2 green onions, sliced (for garnish)
    • Sesame seeds (for garnish)
  • Instructions:
    1. In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, honey, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes.
    2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned and cooked through.
    3. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken.
    4. Serve hot, garnished with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Fried Rice:

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 cups cooked rice, chilled
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1 cup mixed vegetables (such as peas, carrots, and corn)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 green onions, sliced
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions:
    1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
    2. Push garlic to one side of the skillet and pour in beaten eggs. Scramble until cooked through, then mix with garlic.
    3. Add mixed vegetables to the skillet and stir-fry until tender.
    4. Add chilled rice to the skillet, breaking up any clumps. Drizzle soy sauce and sesame oil over the rice, and toss to combine.
    5. Cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is heated through and lightly browned.
    6. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with sliced green onions before serving.

Stay safe, stay prepared, and enjoy the delicious flavors of spring with Atlanta Air Authority! 🌩️🍽️

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