The storm of the year for our town is on it’s way and its time to batten down the hatches. We’re getting out as a precaution, my spouse and I will be going to stay with friends further south. Before we go, we’re making sure the 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 our screw gun, applying plywood to every last window, my spouse is taking in the house plants and tending to the HVAC system. The last thing we want is to have to replace our entire HVAC just because we didn’t reinforce it against the storm. My spouse turns the entire system off through the main system switch before wrapping up the condenser. We use a waterproof tarp designed to work with our central A/C condenser. While it comes with ties that you stake down like a tent. My spouse and I believe these aren’t enough for the storm. My spouse uses ratchet straps 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 necessarily take with us to the fifth floor. We’ll also duct tape plastic over the HVAC air duct vents, to try and keep water from getting into the HVAC duct. Hopefully the damage won’t be to bad when we return.