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15 Creative Ways to Hide Your Outdoor AC Unit

Posted On: May 22, 2017

In Utah, a working air conditioner is a necessity. You need it to combat the heat and humidity of our summer months; yet, the outdoor component of your air conditioner can be an unsightly addition to your home. If you want to improve the look of your backyard, without compromising the comfort of your family, consider hiding it.

Ready to put that eyesore out of sight? Consider these unique and creative ideas.

  1. Pallet fence. Using old pallets, create a fence around your air conditioning unit. You can paint this fence any color you like.
  2. Shrubbery wall. While you have to be careful with shrubs, because they can contribute to debris in the unit, you can build a wall around your system with shrubs to help hide it.
  3. Lattice fence. Lattice is affordable and attractive and can provide a place for vines to grow away from but around your air conditioning unit.
  4. Wooden enclosure. Using 4-foot wooden fencing and gate material, build an enclosure around your unit to add visual appeal.
  5. Picket fence. Picket fencing is an attractive way to hide your AC unit.
  6. Mosaic screen. Build a mosaic, then attach it to fence posts around your AC unit.
  7. Stone screen. If you have a stone house, build a wall out of paving stones to block the sight of your AC unit.
  8. Shutter screen. Get some shutters and paint them the same color as your home’s shutters. Hinge them together to create a mobile screen around your AC unit.
  9. Bamboo screen. Purchase some bamboo screen and place it around your AC for an exotic look.
  10. Leftover fencing. If you have a fence and have attractive fencing material leftover, place it around your AC unit.
  11. Vented box. Build a box, or covering, that has vent openings in the boards and a hinged lid.
  12. Vertical garden. Build a vertical garden using planter boxes and a pallet, then place it in front of the AC unit—this can block the unit from an unsuspecting eye.
  13. Artificial hedge. An artificial evergreen hedge eliminates the maintenance concerns with traditional hedges, with the same look.
  14. Potted plants. A wall of potted plants adds color and hides the AC unit, without the risk of growth affecting the unit’s effectiveness.
  15. Vines on a trellis. Your air conditioner gives you a brilliant place to plant the climbing plants you want. Just make sure the trellis is far from the unit for safety.

Important Considerations When Hiding Your AC Unit

Hiding your air conditioner is a great way to improve the aesthetics of your yard, but you need to be careful. If you aren’t, you could end up damaging your unit. Make sure whatever structure you create does not block airflow to your unit. Airflow is essential to keep the system operating well and avoid overheating. Also, make sure the fence doesn’t increase the risk of debris getting into the unit. This is particularly risky when your solution includes plants.

Have further questions about how you can safely hide your AC unit? Contact the team at Mountain Air—we love coming up with new, creative ideas for your outdoor space. And, we’re South Ogden’s air conditioning experts, so we can help with any of your AC needs too!