Hiding the outdoor unit of your air condition system can be difficult. While it doesn’t really fit aesthetically with the rest of your home, you don’t want to make it worse by building a housing unit that doesn’t aesthetically fit either. Plus, do you go big or do you go home when you are trying to find a way to hide your air conditioning unit? Basically, do you go for something a little more minimal or something a little more in your face? At the end of the day, a lot of these decisions should be up to your own personal tastes and preferences, but there are a few things you should know before you implement a plan to hide your air conditioning unit. Here are five DIY tips for hiding your air conditioning unit.
- Go minimal. If you are going to do it yourself, you want to make it simple enough and you want to make it so that you don’t have to spend a bunch of money. For instance, you may simply want to go with some kind of pre-built wooden fence. You can find this type of fence at your local home improvement supply shop. Installing it is as simple as propping it up.
- Make sure that you don’t bury your air conditioning unit. What you really don’t want to do is build a housing unit for your air conditioner and then realize that you can’t open it up. When it comes down to it, you want to be able to open your air conditioner unit for repairs and basic maintenance. If you seal your air conditioning unit, it could cost more money to dismantle the entire compartment.
- Don’t use an air conditioner cover when the air conditioner or heater is on. In the wintertime – if your air conditioner is on and you are using it to heat your home through heat pump technology – you want to make sure that you don’t cause a carbon monoxide leak, which can happen, especially if you use fuel to power the heater. One of the most important facts about carbon monoxide is that it is odorless and colorless, which means that it is totally invisible and very dangerous – even deadly.
- Blend your air conditioning unit into your backyard. There are a number of ways to blend your air conditioning unit into your backyard. You can plant and build a hedge that you can hide the air conditioner behind, or you could plant a large trellis with vines. What you want to make sure of, though, is that the vines don’t get too long and enter the air conditioning unit, because this can cause significant damage.
- Make it sculptural. Why hide your air conditioning unit, when you can make it an attractive backyard feature. With some reclaimed wood and other materials, you can create a wonderfully creative box around your air conditioner unit. As long as the unit isn’t entirely covered, you can get away with a lot – all you have to do is put your thinking cap on.