Your car, your electronics, and other expensive items in your Arlington, Illinois home are naturally tempting to thieves. However, did you know you have a big ticket, high-theft item right in your own backyard? Chances are you haven’t given any thought to the theft of your air conditioning unit, but the compressor that runs your system is a major temptation for some.
Criminals are targeting air conditioning systems with alarming frequency. The value to the thief is not the unit itself, but the copper wiring inside. Copper prices have been rising steadily, making it your air conditioning unit an irresistible target if thieves can get to it easily. Replacing a compressor is costly, and when a system is stolen, other components and features of the home could be damaged as well. From property damage to loss of electricity, protecting your compressor will save you time, money, and heartache.
How can you protect your valuable air conditioning system from copper thieves? Try one or a combination of these security techniques:
Cage the system: Installing a metal cage around the system makes it difficult for thieves to get to your compressor. Chances are if a criminal sees that your system is well protected, he will move on to an easier target.
Add an alarm: An alarm system can detect changes in your systems energy use and output and alert you to a problem. The loud siren emitted by the alarm itself will be a deterrent since the last thing copper thieves want is attention.
Canine Protection: Be vigilant and monitor outdoors if your pets seem agitated. No problem, get a “Beware of Dog” sign and even some second-hand pet supplies can help. Place them in your yard in visible locations to scare away would-be thieves.
Don’t take chances. Protect your home and your HVAC system. For more tips and HVAC solutions contact the experts at Tempco Heating & Air Conditioning Co. today at (847) 670-7000.