The storm of the year for my village is on it’s way and its time to batten down the hatches. We’re getting out as a precaution, my partner and I will be going to stay with friends further south. But before we go, we’re making sure the new home has been reinforced in every way possible. While most folks will tell you to board up your windows and doors, people tend to forget about something else that will cost you a lot more than a few new windows. While I go around with my screw gun, applying plywood over every last window, my partner is taking in the houseplants and tending to the HVAC system. The last thing we want is to have to replace our entire HVAC unit just because we didn’t reinforce it against the storm. My partner turns the entire unit off through the main unit switch before wrapping up the condenser. We use a waterproof tarp designed to job with our central A/C condenser. While it comes with ties that you stake down like a tent. My partner and I know these aren’t enough for the storm. My partner uses ratchet straps as well around the condenser, so that waterproof tarp isn’t going anywhere. With that done, we’ll take all the houseplants inside, and move anything expensive that we can’t take with us to the sixth floor. We’ll also duct tape plastic over the HVAC air duct vents, to try and keep water from getting into the air duct. Hopefully the damage won’t be too bad when we return.