As metals such as copper increase in value, thieves become attracted to appliances that have copper inside of them. The copper coil in your HVAC and the copper tubes that transport the refrigerant are two items that thieves find valuable. In this blog, we discuss three ways to keep your HVAC system safe from thieves.
Thieves choose their targets based on a balance between risk and reward. A security system increases the risk of being caught, and a security camera increases the risk of being identified. Both of these options become a power set of tools that help keep your property and your heating and cooling system safe from thieves. A camera system should be installed at sufficient height so that a can of spray paint does not render it useless. The plus of installing a security system is that you may save money on the cost of your house insurance.
Like an alarm system, light is dangerous to thieves. People who steal like the cover of darkness because it helps them move unnoticed, and it keeps their identity secret. A lighting system increases the chance of getting caught or being recorded on a security camera. Install lighting out of reach because thieves may try to destroy the light source.
A steel cover works better than a chain link fence because chain link fencing can be cut. A steel cage makes it more difficult to gain access to the valuable parts inside of your HVAC unit. Both of these options increase the time frame that is required for a thief to gain access to your HVAC unit. Time is not a friend to thieves because the longer they are on the scene, the higher their chance of being caught. A steel cover also helps you avoid A/C repair due to damage from thieves. A good tip is to consult with your HVAC maintenance crew to see which type of barrier would work best with your HVAC unit.
These three tips help keep your HVAC unit protected from criminals. They may also help to reduce the cost of homeowners insurance. Before opting for any of these tips, check with your HVAC service provider for more tips on keeping your HVAC unit safe.