How to Hide Your Outdoor AC Unit

During the summer months, your central AC system is likely your favorite major appliance – with the fridge’s ice maker perhaps in second place. Yet the condenser – the system component of an AC system located outside of a house – isn’t exactly easy on the eyes.

Don’t sweat it – there are countless ways to hide the condenser or at least minimize its visual impact. How about blending it in seamlessly with your landscaping? Or building a fence around it? Let’s take a closer look.

Fence it in

One of the easiest ways to hide a condenser from view is to put a fence or screen around it. Choose a material and style that works with the rest of your property for an integrated look.

House it in a Dedicated Structure

Create a well-ventilated structure to house the condenser and keep it out of the sun. The same shed, for example, can be used to store lawn equipment and supplies.

Rethink Your Backyard Design

If your yard or garden could use a facelift anyway, this might be the perfect time to implement a clever disguise for your AC unit. A privacy or boundary wall, for example, can keep the condenser out of view while providing a backdrop for a sitting area.

Add a Vegetation Screen

If you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly option, a plant screen or trellis is a good alternative. Just be sure to allow proper spacing between the screen and condenser and choose vegetation that won’t creep onto or around the unit.

Offer a Distraction

The key to any design, indoors or out, is to guide the eye to a focal point. While a condenser can certainly be hidden behind a low fence or structure, drawing the eye towards a winding path, toward a cozy gathering area, or to lush vegetation will have more of an impact.

And while it’s okay to keep a condenser out of sight, don’t let it slip out of mind. Quite the contrary – for optimum performance, have your entire AC system cleaned and inspected once a year by a licensed pro, and here we are – Bob Boldt HVAC. Contact us today to schedule service.

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