4 Ways to Prevent Thieves from Stealing Your Actron Air Conditioning System
The theft of scrap metal is a lucrative activity for criminals, and one of their favourite targets are AC systems. Your Actron air conditioning system contains copper and aluminium parts that are only worth a fraction of their value as scrap. However, they make an attractive target; outdoor units are easy to steal, and a thief will happily destroy a valuable condenser to get some scrap metal worth as little as $20. Let’s take a look at four ways that you can prevent thieves from stealing your AC system.
- A Note on Home Insurance
When you look at Actron ducted air conditioning prices, it’s easy to notice that these systems represent a significant investment. Many smart homeowners insure their air conditioner condenser unit against theft, but it’s still advisable to take the proactive measures detailed below. In many cases, these theft prevention measures will cost less than the insurance deductible on your home insurance coverage when you make a claim. It’s also worth mentioning that an insurer rarely pays out quickly and preventing the theft in the first place will help you avoid waiting for the condenser to be replaced.
- Install a Cage
When you need to prevent the theft of an external condenser for your Actron ducted air conditioning system, a good place to start is a cage. Installing a cage to lock up your condenser could cost as little as $300, but it will make your unit far less attractive target for a thief. A professional installation is recommended, but if you have the skills and tools, it’s reasonably simple to install a cage yourself. The key factor that you need to bear in mind with any cage is the need for continued air circulation. A standard cage design should promote airflow, but if you’re investigating a custom design or even building a cage yourself, you need to make sure that your condenser can expel the heated air. If the airflow is compromised, this will have a negative effect on the energy efficiency of your equipment, and it could even lead to system failure.
- Install Lights
An experienced thief can make off with your condenser in a matter of minutes, and it’s a good idea to put them under as much pressure as possible. No criminal likes to work in well lit areas where they can be easily seen by you or your neighbours. So, install one or two exterior security lights with motion detectors and point them at your air conditioner condenser. This will ensure that the potential thieves cannot steal your condenser without being well lit in the process. Again, this will help to deter thieves and send them off to look for easier targets.
- Home Security Systems
There are products available to connect your air conditioning system to your home security system. The flow of electricity and coolant can be monitored, and if they are interrupted, an alarm is activated. This will notify the police or your security company that a potential theft of your equipment is occurring and they can respond accordingly. This is a great way to keep your equipment safe when you’re not at home.
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