Air Conditioning 101: What is the AC Cage For?

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A cage for your air conditioner? You may have noticed some homes in your neighbourhood placing the outdoor unit of their air conditioners under a lock and key, or you may have seen a fence built around the condenser unit.

In this article, we'll discuss what an AC guard cage is, what it is used for, and perhaps why most air conditioning units around your area have air conditioner cages around the outdoor unit.

What is an Air Conditioner Cage?

An air conditioner cage, as its name suggests, is a cage built around the outdoor unit of the air conditioner, also called the condenser unit. This is often done to prevent thieves from stealing the condenser unit or its parts, so if you notice many commercial and residential units in your area placing an AC guard cage around their HVAC systems, it indicates that there is a danger of having your condenser unit stolen.

However, not all AC guard cages are used to prevent thieves from stealing the unit. Some homeowners may simply think of the outdoor unit as an eyesore, and may use an AC guard cage to cover the unit. These types of air conditioner cages are often adjustable, and feature designs to fit various home aesthetics.

Air conditioner security cages can be made from different materials. For security purposes, the cage must be sturdy enough to protect the AC. Expanded metal, aluminum, bronze, and brass are common materials used in AC cages. Most cages also come with a AC guard security bar.

For visual purposes, the AC guard may be made of wooden or plastic materials to avoid metal theft, and provide an overall lighter and more pleasant look. AC units protected by decorative cages rarely have guard security bars, and may also protect against pests, rodents, and natural debris from blocking the vents.

The Importance of Air Conditioner Cages

AC guard cages are essential solely for the purpose of protecting the outdoor unit, whether it be from the elements or from theft. Most AC guard cages feature completely adjustable sizing, so you can easily find them at local home improvement stores or online. These cages come in almost every size, and fit most air conditioning units.

Another use for the air conditioner cage is as a fail-safe to prevent the unit from falling multiple stories down. This is most common with condominium and apartment units where the outdoor units are installed off the ground, and some buildings make it mandatory to have an air conditioner security cage for safety.

How to Maintain AC Guard Cages

Maintaining your air conditioner security cages is simple. Hose down or wipe down the cage to give it a good clean regularly, and patch up any weak spots, holes, or rusted areas to keep your AC unit protected.

Scouting for an AC guard cage? Contact a technician at Luce Aircon, and we can assist you in finding the right kind of security cage for your AC unit! Our purchase assistance will guide you through different options, and work with you on maintaining the durability of your AC unit.

Give us a call today, and we can discuss all your AC needs! 

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