ArmorPad: A Lightweight Concrete Pad Alternative

ArmorPad: A Lightweight Concrete Pad Alternative

HVAC systems are designed to provide years of continuous performance. One of the elements that contribute to the longevity of an HVAC system is how the condensing unit is installed. Whether installed as a whole home central or ductless system, the condensing unit was designed and engineered to operate on a level surface.  Historically, heavy concrete pads were used to ensure a smooth and level surface for the condensing unit. Unfortunately, those heavy air conditioner concrete pads were not easy to install and were subject to disintegration over time, and many HVAC technicians wanted a better alternative. Some installations require the installation of a sizable condensing unit. Units that require a 36-inch by 36-inch pad can be quite heavy when constructed of concrete, making them difficult to handle and transport.  Seasoned HVAC professionals often seek a lightweight, durable, and easy-to-install solution. 

With the introduction of ArmorPad by RectorSeal, a better solution arrived. ArmorPad by RectorSeal offers HVAC technicians a durable, lightweight, and strong mounting pad for any size and brand of outdoor unit. This article provides strategic insights into the performance of ArmorPad and why it rapidly became the choice of smart HVAC technicians.

Whether you're a seasoned HVAC professional or a contractor looking to optimize system performance, join us to discover how ArmorPad is helping to reshape outdated industry practices and provide a versatile, efficient, cost-effective solution for supporting air conditioning or heat pump units. Say goodbye to the limitations of heavy concrete pads and embrace the future of HVAC stability with ArmorPad.

ArmorPad Features and Benefits: Enhancing HVAC Performance and Simplifying Installations

Vibration Isolation:

  • ArmorPad by RectorSeal is engineered with advanced vibration isolation technology. This feature effectively mitigates the transfer of vibrations from HVAC equipment to the supporting pad, helping to reduce noise and minimize the risk of the unit moving on the pad and placing stress on the refrigerant lineset.
  • Benefits:
    • Enhanced Equipment Longevity: By isolating vibrations, ArmorPad helps to protect sensitive HVAC components (such as electronic control boards) from wear and tear associated with constant movement.
      Improved Indoor Comfort: Minimizing vibrations often translates to quieter operation, creating a more comfortable, less noisy indoor environment for building occupants.

Load Distribution:

  • The innovative design of ArmorPad ensures even distribution of the HVAC equipment weight. This load distribution capability prevents uneven settling and maintains equipment stability over time.
  • Benefits:
    • Prevents Concrete Pad Issues: Unlike traditional concrete pads that may crack or settle unevenly, ArmorPad's design capability reduces the risk of such structural issues.
      Optimal System Performance: Uniform load distribution helps HVAC systems operate at the peak performance they were designed to provide, maintaining efficiency and reducing the need for frequent adjustments.

Corrosion Resistance:

  • ArmorPad is crafted with materials that offer exceptional resistance to corrosion, rust, and degradation over time. This feature is vital for condensing units installed in diverse climates and challenging environments such as extreme cold, extreme heat, high humidity, and areas subject to harsh weather.
  • Benefits:
    • Extended Service Life:  Long lasting, durable, degradation-resistant materials protect ArmorPad from environmental elements, contributing to a longer service life compared to traditional materials.
      Lower Maintenance Costs: Reduced susceptibility to degradation minimizes the need for frequent maintenance, resulting in cost savings for owners and contractors.

Ease of Installation:

  • ArmorPad's lightweight and durable design simplifies its installation process, offering HVAC contractors a more manageable and time-efficient solution.
  • Benefits:
    • Reduced Labor Costs: The lightweight nature of ArmorPad facilitates easier transportation and installation, leading to potential savings in labor costs.
      Versatile Placement: Contractors can easily maneuver and position ArmorPad, adapting to various site conditions and ensuring optimal placement for HVAC equipment.

Since 1937, RectorSeal has offered products that have built a steadily growing and loyal following among contractors due to differentiated and proven product performance. Further, the company is often the first to tackle and solve challenges professional trade contractors face. In 2015, RectorSeal became part of CSW Industrials, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSWI), and it now plays a leading role in CSWI's Contractor Solutions segment.

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