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Aside from your car, the most valuable unsecured asset outside your home is your HVAC system. Or, more specifically, the copper coil inside.

Unfortunately, that makes your HVAC unit very attractive to thieves, who sell the copper coils to scrap metal collectors. A skilled thief can completely strip down your unit and remove the coil in a matter of minutes, rendering it useless. 

The good news is that there are simple preventive measures you can take as a homeowner to hopefully thwart these copper bandits. Ahead, let's take a look at the three most common and effective.

Perhaps the most basic and certainly the most unsightly, the cage can offer protection from copper pillaging predators. Because of the increase in theft, many HVAC manufactures and suppliers actually offer cages specifically designed for residential use.

A/C Alarm
Pressure activated alarms are not as cost effective as cages, and, depending on the thief, not always the best deterrent either. While an alarm might send some thieves running scared, it will only motivate others to work faster.

Security Cameras
Many people hear the words surveillance system and immediately assume high cost. With the recent advances in technology, however, cameras have become smaller, more affordable and easy to use. Depending on how you use it, a camera is a great way to deter a criminal or catch one in the act.

Your HVAC system is an expensive and essential part of your home. Repairing or replacing a system can cost thousands, so make sure it is well protected against thieves. And don't forget to also protect your HVAC system against general wear and tear with a Michael & Son Services Home Cares Agreement. The program ensures that your HVAC system is running at peak performance and gets all the necessary maintenance.

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