After a break-in, air conditioning safety of a different kind

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Keeping your house cool and secure is one the minds of many this time of year.

People using window unit air conditioners should take precautions to keep thieves out. Jon Daigle, the manager at Cash True Value in Mystic, says, “Unfortunately it’s very easy to push in that air conditioner if it’s not fastened.”

He says one way to stop someone from opening the window is to install an L-shaped bracket which can be screwed into the top of the window and the inside of the frame.  That same bracket can be used to secure the air conditioner to the window as well. “That would allow the conditioner not to get pushed in,” says Daigle.

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Daigle also says people can use window and door alarms to alert them if someone is trying to break in.

He encourages people to use all the hardware which comes with the air conditioner so you can screw the unit right to the window. Another option is a bracket which supports and secures the unit to the outside of the house. Daigle says, “Now that is going to be affixed to the house and the air conditioner which would allow it not to get pushed into the home.”

If you don’t want to put screws in your window, there are other ways to secure it using pieces of wood.  “You can grab a wood dowel or a wood block cut it to size so it wedges right into the top of that sash and that sash cannot move up or down,” says Daigle.

Of course if someone wants to break into your home through a window or a door, they’ll most likely do so. But the harder you make it for them the more likely they’ll go somewhere else or get caught.

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