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Contour: How Air Conditioning Guards Can Preserve The Longevity Of Units?

  • 12 Feb 2021

This article from Contour explores how an air conditioning guard can work to protect your air conditioning units from damage.

Standard Air Conditioning Guards

Standard air conditioning guards are sometimes not enough to offer full protection to air conditioning units and having a guard that does not provide sufficient strength can result in it quickly becoming damaged, in turn failing to preserve the unit.

Search For A Strong Solution

It is important to search for an air conditioning that is strong and robustto ensure the longevity of the unit beneath it.

This can help bring your building up to standard, as in public settings, damage and vandalism can occur along with general wear and tear.

When this happens, guards can become weak more promptly and therefore, loses the protection it presents for the unit underneath.

To ensure you are not having to replace the units every so often, you want to be in a position to avoid the likelihood of the damages and vandalism that might commence.

To offer the necessary protection, search for air conditioning guards that are robust, with strong material and opportunities to add strengthening properties if your specific needs require it.


When guards become weak, they can be then used as weapons to self-harm or to hurt others. It is important to keep note that when individuals seek to self-harm, they dont just look for obvious ligature points. 

Where there may be gaps or weak points in the guard or the unit, it can be used to vandalise – anti-ligature guards are made to be more solid and secure than standard air conditioning guards. 

With the strength that anti-ligature guards offer, it becomes durable and protective to ensure the longevity of the units.


Positioning is important for an air conditioning unit. They must be positioned to stay clear of any feeling objects or spillages, whilst not blocking passageways.

According to DCUL, any direct hit from passing objects will impact the units longevity. Therefore, it is crucial to position these guards to avoid destruction.

Positioning these guards in your space may become challenging, with the presence of plug sockets, bent walls and skirting boards. 

To overcome this, search for a bespoke guard that can be made to cater to your unique space; this ensures every customer receives the best possible guard for their needs.


A strong and robust air conditioning guard works to endure the longevity of your units, which will ultimately save you having to pay hefty prices when replacing your expensive units.

Contour work with you to decide the best bespoke guard for your needs, whether this is wall/floor mounted or a flat panel.

For protection, Contour air conditioning guards are made in Zintec protected steel, in various gauges from 1.5mm-2mm, to offer a strong guard to shield your units.

If your environment is a mental health unit or any other public space where extra strength may be needed, Contour can provide a strengthening strut to provide additional depth to the front of the cover.

For anti-ligature features, Contour’s guards are made to be anti-ligature, with safe edges and IP3x grilles to reduce injuries.

To ensure peace of mind, all guards are protected with a five-year warranty against defects in workmanship and materials, for five years from the purchase date.

Contour’s air conditioning guards can provide you with a robust, hygienic solution to protect your air conditioning units. These units allow for a 23% open area for airflow with the IP3x grille. The standard grilles have a higher open air flow.

However, to avoid air loss, it is recommended that plenum is built once the air conditioning guard has been supplied.

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