Window air conditioning units can provide quick cooling to any room in a home, but they are also a target for burglars. Instead of just sliding the unit in, homeowners should take extra measures to protect the window. Once applied, the window will be fully operable during seasonal weather when the air conditioner is no longer needed. Some of the extra security measures can still be used on the windows when the air conditioning unit is no longer in place. Moreover, when your air conditioner is not well maintained, its parts become more prone to damage and can easily break with slight pressure. That is why it is critical to schedule AC maintenance on a regular basis. You could also choose to invest in AC maintenance agreements, which are essentially a contract between a homeowner and an HVAC contractor in which the contractor agrees to perform a list of services on your air conditioner a certain number of times (usually once or twice) per year for a set fee.
Other than that, here are a few pointers to keep in mind – Install an air conditioner bracket to the outside of the unit. The bracket not only supports the air conditioner, but it attaches to the bottom of the unit and the house, making it harder to move the air conditioner. Nevertheless, it might be a good idea to install an AC bracket while the AC installation expert (who you might have hired from companies offering AC installation in Port St Lucie, FL) is installing your appliance. This can ensure that both the brackets and the air conditioners are installed properly.
Anyway, if you are installing the bracket by yourself, add a sliding window lock to each side of the window frame. Depending on the type, the locks are bolted or screwed in. They prevent burglars from sliding the window up and down. Attach the lock into the frame just above the window. Tighten it securely.
Measure the length from the side of the unit to the wall. Purchase and attach a steel corner brace to each side of the air conditioner. Connect the other end to a secure section of the wall. Use screws or bolts to secure the brackets in place. This prevents thieves from pushing the air conditioner in or pulling it out. However, if you are not an expert in installing an AC bracket over a window air-conditioner, you may want to consider other options like a mini-split A/C system (learn more here “why you should consider installing a ductless mini-split“).
Coming back to brackets installation, screw-in plastic vent flaps directly to the window frame. If the air conditioner is smaller than the window, plastic vent flaps need to be pulled tightly to cover up the holes. This is a vulnerable spot for burglars. Use three or more screws to attach it directly to the window frame.
Install a small window sensor alarm. Magnetic controls set above the air conditioner will go off if the unit is moved or the window is opened. The high-pitched noise will alert anyone in the home and likely scare the burglar away.
Burglars will most often take the path of least resistance. It is important to add measures to prevent home break-ins and protect of your home.