While most of us look forward to the summer season, we occasionally need relief from the summer heat. For those people who don't have central air condition, a window air condition unit is a welcome alternative. However, window units can make our homes more appealing to burglars and easier to break into. Below are some tips on keeping your home secure when using a window ac.
Placement: Usually we think of placing our AC where our needs inside are best suited. Before installing your unit this year, view your house from the outside. Ideally, your ac unit will be placed in a window that faces the road or other populated area. This should also be well lit. A criminal will be less likely to try and breach your home if they don't have they privacy to do so.
Window rod: When installing a window ac, the window is usually shut on the unit it self. This leaves the ability for the window to be open the rest of the way, allowing for the unit to be removed. Some units come with a metal bracket to be installed to prevent this. If your unit came with one, we advise using it. We still recommend reinforcing that concept with something stronger. A metal rod snugged from the top of the window, to the top of the window frame will make opening the window extremely difficult.
Curtains: The ac curtains are the pieces on the side that slide to cover up the gaps to prevent outside air from getting in. These should be secured into the window and not leave any openings. If you have a window where the screens don't completely cover, consider buying new ones or using a solid material to cover the gap that can't be secured.
Top mounting rail: On the top of the ac unit is a mounting rail that once the window is closed, prevents it from falling out. Depending on your model it may come with predrilled holes to screw it in. If not create your own.
Alarm: A stand alone window alarm can be purchased for relatively cheap and if the window is opened will create an audible alarm.
Crime prevention stickers: If you have an alarm on your house or on your window, place an ample amount of stickers on your windows indicating this.
Please let us know if there are any other ways you secure yours below!