Living at the coast, we were used to tropical storms.
We had to get the house ready before a storm came inland.
We knew the routine well. But nothing prepared us for tornados. After some time, my father got a job opportunity in the midwest. We made a move and came face to face with another force of nature. The first year in our new home was the most challenging because the tornado damaged our HVAC system. No one had warned us that we needed to secure the outdoor unit before. There was a massive lightning storm that knocked the power off. When it came back, a surge overloaded our circuit and caused the HVAC unit to shut down. We hadn’t bought a surge protector. Once it was calm, we asked our neighbours to contact the best AC technician in the area. Mom called them, and an air conditioner expert arrived at the house an hour later. She assessed the damage and informed mom we needed a surge protector for the aircon since the area was prone to tornadoes. The air ventilation professional installed one in our circuit breaker box. It would absorb electricity before it reached the air conditioner. Next, she checked the outdoor unit for any water or wind damage. Some water had gotten into the outdoor cooling system causing problems. It took a while wiping and drying the different components to have the quality HVAC working once more. Then she advised my dad to build a solid and breathable shed to protect the outdoor aircon. It made sense, and dad got to work making sure we never have an issue like that with the central heating and cooling system again. I was glad we got a professional AC mechanic who would come again to service the heating system in the fall.