The LG AXSVA1 26 In. Wall Sleeve for Through-the-Wall Air Conditioners should be securely fastened within a wall opening before installing the air conditioner. The sleeve helps bear the weight of the air conditioner while keeping it insulated and safe from dust, bugs and other debris that could get sucked into it. Inclement weather, corrosion, and any other elements cannot match the protective power of this metal sleeve. The sleeve features an aluminum-colored finish and has the option of a stamped aluminum grille that is sold separately.