Right before Summer started, my wife and I scheduled a routine HVAC service call.
We were having some trouble with the AC unit last summer, and we wanted one performance check up before the weather got too hot.
They found that the AC was out for good, and we had a brand new heat pump and air conditioner installed. When they installed the new AC unit, they placed a strong piece of plastic called a hurricane pad under the AC unit. It was bolted directly to the concrete. The AC unit is directly bolted to the hurricane pad. When I asked if the new pad was necessary, the technician told my wife and I that the new one was able to withstand higher winds than the one that was 10 years old. It was necessary to install the new hurricane pad in order to pass the HVAC inspection done by the county. My wife and I have been very happy with the installation job, especially after last weekend’s horrific hurricane. We didn’t expect the hurricane to hit us head-on, but it veered left and crashed into the coast at the last minute. The area around my house received sustained winds around 95 miles an hour. We were very lucky, and the only thing we lost was part of our fence. The AC unit never went anywhere, so I guess it’s a good thing that we got a new hurricane proof pad. Even when the winds were gusting up to 120 miles an hour, the machine didn’t budge. It didn’t rock, sway, or shift during the entire 18 hours of steady wind and howling rain.