Efficiently Concealing Air Conditioner in Your Yard

Your home air conditioner plays an important role in keeping you comfortable during the summer but in most cases, it does nothing to enhance the aesthetics of your yard. If anything, it detracts from your home's architecture and landscaping. Thankfully, there are many creative ways to conceal your outdoor air conditioner unit while improving your home's curb appeal.

When camouflaging your air conditioner, one of the most important things to consider is that any AC will vent heat. Whatever you decide to use to hide the unit, you must make sure the heat has a way to escape. Restricting airflow around the AC can cause it to overheat.

You also want to shade the AC unit so it runs more efficiently. When the surrounding air is cooler, the air conditioner does not have to work as hard. If your unit is in a location that receives lots of sunlight, make sure whatever you install or construct to shield the unit also provides adequate shade.

Another thing to remember is to provide ample space around the unit. You are sure to have a need for air conditioning repair at some point in the future. You want to make sure the technician has easy access to the unit for inspection and repair.

If you are looking for a fast and convenient way to shield your AC, you will find privacy screens at most home improvement stores. Choose from inexpensive wicker, vinyl, or resin screens in a variety of neutral colors to blend into the background. If you want something more upscale, you can pay a little more for a bronzed metal or wrought iron screen.

If you are proficient with hand tools, you can put together a simple lattice screen to shield your AC unit. The holes will allow the air to circulate and you can leave one side open for easy access or attach a gate. Recycled shipping pallets can be used to build an enclosure by digging trenches and partially burying the pallet in the ground. You can paint the pallets to match your home's exterior and add decorative post caps.

Plants can provide natural cover for your air conditioner as long as you choose your plants wisely. You want hardy plants that can withstand the hot air blowing out of the AC without wilting. You can put the plants in the ground or use multiple clay pots to conceal the unit.

Another way to use plants effectively is to build or install a wood or iron trellis. Plant flowering vines to add a colorful screen that still allows for ample airflow past the unit. This is a good option if you are looking for something tall to camouflage your AC.

How you choose to enclose or conceal your air conditioner depends on your budget, landscape design, and ability to work with tools. You can purchase a prefabricated screen or build your own with recycled construction materials. Regardless of how you do it, hiding your air conditioner will increase the visual appeal of your yard and could possibly add value to your property.